Following the horrors she discovered in the basement of Sanctuary and her miraculous rescue at the end of Breeder, there is no longer any doubt in Pria’s mind that the Unified World Order and their goals for humanity are wicked. But convincing the rest of the world will be another story. When it’s revealed that the files she’d stolen from Sanctuary are worthless to the rebel cause, Pria and the other Free Patriots must scramble to come up with another way to convince the rest of the criminals to rise up in open revolution before the UWO’s monsters hunt down and destroy them all. But Pria still knows so little about liberty and self-determination, and her tenuous grasp of human nature complicates her role in the rebellion as she finds herself torn between Pax, her ever-present protector, and Henri, her good-natured friend. As she works through figuring out her feelings, she becomes increasingly anxious for Pax, who displays symptoms of a disturbing ailment, even as he withdraws from Pria.
Free Patriots from outside Asylum bring with them a new plan to infiltrate the seemingly impregnable UWO machine, and Pria is once again at the center of the plan. This time, though, she must be willing to erase her identity, just as she’s beginning to figure out who she is. It’s a sacrifice she thinks she’s ready to make to take down the UWO and save the world, but she has no idea just how difficult it will be.
There are books we like, there are books we love, AND THERE ARE BOOKS WE PUT ON OUR CALENDARS BECAUSE WE LOVE THE FIRST ONE SO MUCH AND HOLY CRAP THERE IS GOING TO BE A SEQUEL AND THE PUBLISHER JUST EMAILED ME TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BOOK TOUR AND OMG I CANNOT BREATHE.
I really cannot figure out WHY Breeder is not more popular. If you want an exciting YA dystopia with diverse characters–and not your normal “strong female lead” either–please let me throw this book at your face. This checks so many boxes. Only one of the leads is white–there are so many different POC in these two books. I wish it had more LGBTQA+ diversity, but it is pointed out that Bishop is asexual.
I absolutely loved the characters in Breeder, and they only get better in Criminal. There is a love triangle, but I don’t hate it in this series. I think it’s crucial to the development of Pria–again, she’s not your average YA lead. She’s got some unique challenges to get through, and developing her romantic side is part of that. There are a few other pairings too, but this isn’t a romance at its core–it’s suspenseful and action packed. There are so many interesting strategies to pick apart and battles to be won.
It’s a second book, so there are some of the typical plot developments that have to happen to build for the third. You can almost taste the tension for what is coming next and there was one thread that I picked up early on that all along I was just thinking yes…Yes…YESSSS. By the end I already knew what the next book was going to be.
KB Hoyle, please don’t make me wait another two years. PLEASE.
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