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Release Date: December 11 , 2014
Genre: Fiction: Dystopian
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-292-1
Everything about Seventeen’s life is perfect, from her genetics, to her home in Sanctuary, to her status as a Breeder in the Unified World Order. But all that changes when she meets a rogue Enforcer named Pax, who infiltrates Sanctuary and targets her for extraction from the Controlled Repopulation Program. Pax seems to know a little too much about her, and he plants dangerous doubts in her mind that accuse Sanctuary of hiding a dark secret, and that cause Seventeen to question everything she’s ever known.
When Seventeen’s life is threatened, she has little choice but to run away from Sanctuary with Pax. But for Breeders, contact with men is forbidden by law, and even the simple act of taking Pax’s hand is treason.
Mired in confusion, Seventeen travels with Pax to the outside world and takes the name Pria, the identity of her childhood. But she is far from certain she’s made the right decision when they discover an entire community of people who should no longer exist.
Seventeen, now Pria, is thrust into a position as a key player in a dangerous bid to bring down the Unified World Order. Meanwhile, Pax’s attachment to her and her growing attraction to him contribute to the ever-growing mysteries in her life.
Pria’s journey from a sheltered, naïve Breeder to a rebel agent requires not only external transformation but self-discovery. As her world crumbles, Pria must decide who she is and what she really believes.
But the truth comes at a cost, and uncovering it will require a greater treason than she could ever have imagined.
“Drink,” he says, gesturing toward the trickle of water. He backs away toward the scattered boulders outside the cave to make space for me.
I keep the gun clutched in one hand as I approach the water with as much caution as the deer in the grass beyond the Looking Glass. But I don’t really think Pax will hurt me. If he wanted to, then why would he have saved me? So I tilt my head and drink, not realizing how thirsty I am until the cold water touches my tongue.
Pax is still watching me when I finish, and another moment of silence passes. Now that we are free of Sanctuary, it’s as though he doesn’t know what to do with me. I don’t know if I want him to know what to do with me. I have a million questions, but I don’t know where to begin, and the discomfort of being alone with a man is making me tongue-tied. So we stand and stare at each other in the mouth of the cave, the afternoon light slanting through the trees warming our shoulders and heads.
Finally Pax parts his mouth to speak, and from this close, I immediately notice his teeth. They are white but not perfectly straight. On the upper right, one tooth slightly overhangs the one beside it, making it stick out.
He must notice the direction of my gaze and my surprised expression, for he gives a humorless laugh and says, “Not used to seeing anything less than perfection, are you?”
I shift my gaze up to his eyes, but I don’t respond. It was a rhetorical question anyway.
“There’s more you should see,” he says. “And you should see it before
anything else, before you ask any questions, because you won’t believe my answers if you don’t.”
I raise my eyebrows.
With a sigh, Pax brings his thumb and forefinger up to his right eye. I cringe as he touches the surface of his eye and pinches, pulling away what looks like the first layer of membrane. I cover my mouth to keep from crying out, wondering what sort of pain he must be in, but he doesn’t utter even a whimper. He takes a small case from his pocket and tucks the membrane inside it, then does the same with his left eye before putting the case away. He rubs his eyes for a moment, and then, blinking, he looks back at me.
“Do you see?” he asks in a whisper.
His eyes are blue—very pale blue, like the sky at noon on a cloudless day. Blue like the water of the river we dragged ourselves from. Blue.
“That’s impossible,” I whisper, forgetting my discomfort at being so near to him and leaning in for a closer look.
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
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.
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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
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