I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Believers by Katie French
Series: The Breeders #2
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult
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They’ve escaped the Breeders, yet their journey has just begun.
Riley and Clay are once again on the run from the Breeders. The group may have escaped the deranged experiments at the hospital, but as one of the world's last free women, Riley can never be safe. On the road back home, Riley and her crew are captured by a band of savage men. Their destination: the Citadel, run by a bizarre religious prophet named the Messiah. Somehow he knows their secrets. He wants them to join his group of Believers, but only if they’ll drink the baptismal water and swear allegiance.
The problem is there’s something wrong with the water. Something wrong with the people. And there’s human moaning coming from the bottom of a dark crevasse that no one wants to talk about. If they can’t figure out what’s going on, Riley and everyone she loves could become a Believer forever.
The Believers is the second book in the Breeders series, about a family surviving in a post-apocalyptic world where women are very rarely born and society has broken down.
In this second novel, Riley, Clay, and crew set off to rescue Riley’s auntie. Along the way, they stop and are dumb enough to leave Riley as the night watch. They are captured by some religious wackos and taken to their society in an abandoned mall. The entire novel takes place here while they try to unravel the mysteries of what this society is, how they survive, and what they want with Clay and Riley.
This book is somewhat different from the first one. As I said, everything takes place within a shopping mall. There is no road travel, etc. Riley must fight against trying to escape and trying to get help for her mother. All the while, they are trying to figure out what the people want with Riley and Clay, who this mysterious prophet really is, how they manage to survive so well (with air conditioning, etc.), and what connection the Breeders have with all of this.
In the series, this really feels like some what of a detour. There isn’t much development with the battle against the Breeders, with any resolution to this horrible world, to finding Auntie, to seeing what happened to Clay’s town. But character development does continue and we get to know our beloved characters even better.
The action is mostly non-stop here and very interesting. There is an underlying mystery about this place, and it is interesting to slow find out what is happening. Riley continues to be challenged in may ways, requiring her to mature even more throughout the book. The stakes are very high here and character deaths aren’t out of the question. Two of the characters (the prophet and his daughter) are very intriguing and add some nice spice to the story.
The ending is really well done and really moves forward the relationship between Clay and Riley. Plus several other characters get good closure in the best way possible.
Overall, a nice change of pace and I’m looking forward to book three when things get back on the road.