Review of The Benders by Katie French

July 20, 2015 Uncategorized 0 ★★★★

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Review of The Benders by Katie FrenchThe Benders by Katie French
Series: Breeders #3
on 12-6-2014
Genres: Dystopia
Pages: 258
Format: eBook
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The third book in the award-winning, best-selling dystopian series. They’ve escaped the Breeders. They’ve broken out of the Citadel. Now, after all they’ve been through, Riley, Clay, and Ethan know one thing for sure: nothing tastes sweeter than freedom. And no one can rest easy with Auntie Bell in bondage. The group journeys home to rescue her and liberate Clay’s town from the cruel Warden. But when an ally betrays them, they must face the very enemy they’ve been trying to avoid. Captured and separated, Riley is sold to a slave-owner who uses human beings for sport, while Clay and Ethan become the latest in a series of lab rats to be poked and prodded. As a slave, Riley conceals her identity to survive among the other benders, but it’s only a matter of time before a dangerous job takes her life. Clay and Ethan find themselves a war zone between a madwoman and marauders. And the odd don’t look good.

In The Benders, Riley and Clay end up being prisoners again, albeit separated this time. Riley ends up as a slave in a camp run by a deranged bullet maker who runs his estate like a medieval castle. Meanwhile, Clay and Ethan are held prisoner by Nessa in an army compound. Both sets must fight to escape and reunite.

This book was a bit more interesting than the last. Riley and Clay are still at the mercy of lunatics, but at least things stay fresh with two different subplots and the whole plot about Riley’s struggle was very captivating. It definitely kept me turning the pages. The world is still quite bleak with little hope, but the characters keep pushing forward. The novel does introduce a new hope though, a destination that Riley  hopes to find one day.

As far as negatives, I would say a lot of my discontent revolves around Nessa. For most of the novel her intentions are never fully revealed, and the fate of her at the end was a bit disappointing to me (but I suppose could be necessary to keep the story going). She also seems to be very heartless and is impossible to relate to.

Overall, I enjoyed the book very much and am looking forward to future novels in the series.


About Katie French

Katie French imagined herself an author when her poem caught the eye of her second grade teacher. In middle school she spent her free time locked in her room, writing her first young adult novel. Though her social life suffered, her love for literature thrived. She studied English at Eastern Michigan University, where she veered from writing and earned an education degree. She spent nine years teaching high school English. Currently she is a school counselor, doing a job that is both one of the hardest things she’s ever done and the most rewarding. In her free time she writes, reads great books and takes care of her two beautiful and crazy children. She is a contributor and co-creator of Underground Book Reviews, a website dedicated to erasing the boundaries between traditional and non-traditional publishing. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. You can find her at, at or on Facebook.

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