Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Breeder by K.B. Hoyle

Title: Breeder by K.B. Hoyle
Series: The Breeder Cycle
Publishing Date: December 11, 2014
Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop
Page Count: 379 pages
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   B-17 is what they call her. She has no name because that would give her individualization and that is frowned upon in Sanctuary and much less in the Commune. B-17 (Breeder Seventeen) has lived in the Sanctuary for the last five years as a breeder part of the Controlled Repopulation Program. She has been taught that her genetics are superior to others, that they are stronger and help with survival.It is a mission to make sure none of the inferior genes will infiltrate the population. They are taught that animal life is just as important as human life. One thing that is not appreciated is questioning others. "Curiosity is just skepticism and doubt masquerading in innocent clothing." However, she never really started to question so much until she meet Pax, an enforcer with a name. A male enforcer. In Sanctuary Breeders are not allowed to solicit with men unless they are part of the medical team. This spurs a change in Seventeen that becomes noticed by Mother, the head of the breeder program. To Mother this is unacceptable behavior... Seventeen can't decide if she trusts Pax, but she may be forced to when Mother orders her death. They escape and look for a close Nest of "criminals" of the Unified World Order. Seventeen's life is not what she thought it was and she must decide for herself what is right and wrong.
   Breeder reminded me of a mix of beloved classical Dystopian novels. It reminded me of a mix of The Giver, Fahrenheit 451, The Host, and a few others. The mentality of the program was disturbing. The idea of superior genetics is a subject that we have seen in history time and again. This is a New Adult dystopian trilogy that will put your own beliefs into perspective between the duality of the Commune's program and the Nest's democratic society. Both places symbolize either controlled, non-individuality and personal liberty and equality. I recommend this series for everyone.


-What I find incredible is that you started writing when you were eleven years old! What were the books that inspired you the most when you were a kid?

I always name The Chronicles of Narnia as being my earliest inspiration for wanting to craft my own stories someday. There was (is) something so iconic about that through the wardrobe experience, and I know Im far from being the only person to walk away fundamentally changed by it. I was also inspired by another portal fantasy series called The Archives of Anthropos, which I must have read a hundred times between the ages of six and twelve. George MacDonalds The Princess and the Goblin was another fantasy novel I was quite fond of. There were a few non-fantasy books I read as a child that inspired me, but there had to be something transporting about them for me to really latch on to them. For example, I loved Little House on the Prairie because the historicity felt like a fantasy world to me. When I was a little older probably ten and beyond I started reading Edith Hamiltons Mythology, which is simply a compilation of Greek myths, of which I couldnt get enough. And Im a serial re-reader, so I didnt read a great variety, but I read the same books over and over again.

-What gave you the idea for this book and trilogy?

This book and trilogy (which is called The Breeder Cycle) came primarily from my outrage over an article I read a couple years ago. The article talked about population control practices and beliefs that are starting to be accepted by some people in the academic and scientific communities. It detailed truly horrifying things, the likes of which the Nazis practiced, and I couldnt believe some people today are trying to act as though the Nazis had the right idea. Because Im a storyteller, the best way for me to express my outrage is through the written word, so I imagined what the world would/might look like if these practices became the law of the land. From there, I also worked from a position of discontent with some of the dystopian literature popular today, none of which (that Ive read) has had fulfilling conclusions. When I cant find a book to read to fulfill a story desire I have, I respond by writing the story I want to read! Thats also a large part of where Breeder came from.

-Do you have any writing rituals?

I dont know if youd call it a ritual, but when I pull late nights of writing, I will binge drink tea (good loose-leaf tea, no tea bags!). The caffeine in tea releases into your bloodstream in a time-release fashion, so its much better for sustaining you in an all-nighter situation. And then, when I sit down to write, I always have to read over just the section I wrote the day before.

-Do you have a favorite place to write?

My favorite place to write is my home office. Unfortunately my home office is often so cluttered with stuff that I cant use it. I have four small children all boys so having a space of my own in the house where I can get away from the noise and the clutter is crucial to my writing success. And being at home, I can talk to myself, pace, act things out (hey it happens!), read out loud, and do this all in my jammies! Its discouraging when the clutter creeps into my office because it becomes one more hurdle to overcome just to get words on the page. But when my office is clean, I absolutely love it.

-What is one message you hope your readers will take away from Breeder?

I hope my readers walk away from Breeder understanding that human life is precious, and the right to live and be free should be fought for. There are strong currents of misanthropy and nihilism in society today, and I want to inspire people to fight against those currents. 

I am hosting my own giveaway for a physical copy of Breeder. It is through Rafflecopter and good luck! US Only, sorry. Here is the Link! This is a separate giveaway from the giveaway on the other blogs so you have a higher chance to win something! :)



K.B. Hoyle is a bestselling author, a public speaker, a creative writing instructor, and a classical history teacher who uses her knowledge of the ancient and medieval worlds to pen speculative and fantasy tales for people of all ages. She has been married since the age of twenty to the love of her life, with whom she has four wonderful children. Find out more about her at www.kbhoyle.com.


Praise for Breeder
"Breeder was anything but a let down. The characters were extremely well written, making me able to empathize with Pria and Pax and the situation they find themselves in. I kept turning the pages because I just had to find out what happened to these people and, to my shock, finished the book in a day! "  - Angela  Goodreads Review

Thank you to The Writers Coffee House, NetGalley, Cindy Bidwell, and K.B. Hoyle for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Breeder and being a part of this blog tour. 


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