Synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world’s last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Her parents do everything possible to keep her from their clutches– moving from one desolate farm after another to escape the Breeders’ long reach. The Breeders control everything- the local war lords, the remaining factories, the fuel. They have unchecked power in this lawless society. And they’re hunting Riley.
When the local Sheriff abducts the adult members of her family and hands her mother over to the Breeders, Riley and her eight-year-old brother, Ethan, hiding in a shelter, are left to starve. Then Clay arrives, the handsome gunslinger who seems determined to help to make up for past sins. The problem is Clay thinks Riley is a bender– a genderless mutation, neither male nor female. As Riley’s affection for Clay grows she wonders can she trust Clay with her secret and risk her freedom?
The three embark on a journey across the scarred remains of New Mexico– escaping the Riders who use human sacrifice to appease their Good Mother, various men scrambling for luck, and a deranged lone survivor of a plague. When Riley is shot and forced into the Breeder’s hospital, she learns the horrible fate of her mother—a fate she’ll share unless she can find a way out. “
When I first came across this book I definitely thought that the plot line was interesting. It was something post apocalyptic that I hadn’t seen on the market before. So overall I think the idea behind the book was good, but not necessarily the execution.
Do I think there could’ve been more detail? Yes of course. Do I think that the characters should’ve been developed much more? Another yes. Do I also think that the pacing needs to be tweaked? Yup.
Like I said before, I liked the idea. In no way am I trying to bash the author, but the book just wasn’t all that good.
The main character who we follow throughout the book, Riley, was not my favorite. At the beginning she starts off so independent, and midway through the book that changes once she’s met Clay. With the way Riley was written, meaning both her personality and actions, I don’t see how she made it to the end. When you read a book, even fiction, you want some kind of realism. This didn’t do it for me, I feel like the author tried to hard.
The plot I felt had good intentions, but like I said it didn’t feel realistic in anyway. To add onto that, I feel like there were instances in the book where the plot could’ve been expanded. It was almost rushed, and I feel like a lot more meat could’ve been added to the bones of this book.
I’ve already rated this book a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, but I’d give it a solid 2.5 stars.
The potential was there, however the execution wasn’t.
Will I continue the series?:
Honestly, I’m not sure. Part of me wants to, because I’d like to see if the quality increases. That is something that usually does happen, the more a writer writes the better they get. However, I feel like it’s a partial ware of time. I could be reading other things.
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