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  • By Kd Reilly on October 4, 2017

    Reilly and her family continues to make incredibly stupid mistakes. In this entry we meet a cult, a society that still functions with females, get more hints about the world and, overall, learn very little new information. Their capture is almost entirely Riley’s fault, but she never really takes responsibility or owns her mistakes. She certainly doesn’t learn much from them, either.I was really hoping this novel would dig into the why and how of the Breeder’s actions /methods/Desires/goals. Maybe even tell us more of how the apocalypse came to pass. I still can’t understand how a decrease in females being born results in an absolute break down of all society. Everywhere. I’m hoping for some real progress in Book 3, with more details and info about this society and the Breeders’ goals.Hopefully there’s less Riley gnashing her teeth on random tangents and more characters growth. The author needs to step up their game on the emotional side. There are two or three fairly important deaths or outright tragedies that occur in this book but those characters and situations are robbed of impact and meaning. Riley reacted more strongly to her first shootout with the natives in the last book. Here she reacts as she does to every little setback/disappointment: rage, followed but sobbing and self pity, resolving to do something but making no real steps to do anything and then almost pouting and acting like a brat to people. It was an absolute shame to lose such important people and have Riley react so minimally.We now know very little time has actually passed between our present and the world these characters live in, right around 75ish years. (The date is in a synopsis at the front of the book, before the story starts so I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler)Seems to me the scientists of the pre Apocalypse society could have been doing what the Breeders have done for the last 20 odd years, BEFORE all of society broke down.The first book states Clay is around 20-25 and Mama knew his mother when they were both Breeder captives. This means the Breeders have been active since at least the late 2060’s early 2070’s. The scientists of 2060 or 2050 or 2040 would’ve had both better equipment and better research facilities to science up some female babies, which the Breeders are capable of doing.Unfortunately instead of focusing on these potentially awesome details, we get to listen to Riley whine and beat herself up for things she cannot control, and many of these things don’t even matter. She plots escapes from their situations and generally makes things worse or at least antagonizes things that don’t need to be meddled in.Clay switches back and forth between being a portrayed as a disloyal jerk (which really reads as Riley being immature/overreactive) and Clay being Riley’s utterly loyal lap dog.All in all, the story advances but I feel like despite the trials and tribulations the characters have faced, for all the love ones they’ve buried; they haven’t done much growing up. Riley, despite being raised in an apocalypse were she is hunted for her gender is way too naive about the horrors people can be capable of. She apparently doesn’t trust Clay, but has twice now insta-bonded with another girl close to her own age. Riley constantly runs off without thinking (and with no plan) and she has taken no steps to be a better fighter so she can protect herself and her brother, Ethan. Even Ethan’s presence is lackluster in this volume, compared to being the saving grace he was in book 1.There’s also this weird disconnect between the things Riley knows about the past that will jar you right out of the book from time to time. There are phrases the characters use relating to things they shouldn’t know. It’s especially apparently in Riley if she was kept isolated from society, interacting with no one but her family and living in the middle of no where her whole life.It’s a little thing, really, but Riley casually tossing out descriptions of marble, or knowing what a carousel is or what an electrician did, or teasing her brother about ice cream stores is just weird.As is the fact that canned food, that has sat in the scorching temperatures of New Mexico for decades, is somehow still good! (Yes there were 100 year old cans fished out of a river a few years ago that were still edible. But the coolness of the river likely protected the cans from the extreme heat fluctuations Riley’s cans would have experienced after 20 odd years in the desert.)

  • By Sandra Richardson on November 29, 2013

    INITIAL THOUGHTSI had been looking forward to reading this one ever since I finished BK#1 The Breeders. I did have fairly high expectations for this one. I really enjoyed the fact Katie started off with a recap of Bk#1. I had remembered most of what was recapped but it helped to get me super engrossed back into the series. MY REVIEWI received an e-arc of this directly from the Author Katie French in exchange for my honest review.The cover is a dark bleak looking thing which kind of suits the situation that Riley & Clay and their family find themselves in. The cover is also a scene from within the book as I'd say it is the entrance/tunnel way down to the water source that The Brotherhood drink from and cavort in before becoming "beasts".So the group is captured and taken back to an old mall. To begin with things look pretty good there's food, electricity and some comfort with quite a large amount of survivors, some of which are woman and children too. The people of the mall are "governed"by a man whom they call their "Messiah" who preaches a mixture of religions and says he has sight. the sight that the Gods tall him how things should be. Riley soon becomes suspicious and wants to leave but the Messiah has other ideas. Then when Riley's pregnant mum is taken ill Riley finds herself bargaining with the Messiah for medicines for her mother.As part of the bargain for medicines for Rileys mum Clay has to be initiated into The Brotherhood and drink the potentially contaminated water. Riley knows there is soething drastically wrong with the water as all the men that drink it develop awful ugly sores on their bodies and face. This water and initiation also change Clay into something and someone that Riley almost doesn't recognise, as well as the inevitable sores apearing on his skin. As Riley is so suspicious and has been befriended by the Messiahs daughter Mage she does get some information but searches the mall and finds tunnels down to the lake the men drink from she hears a low moaning that scares her so much she runs. Later in the book the Messiah's right hand man Andrew shackles Riley down the dark tunnels as a punishment. One of the tunnel creatures who we later find out call themselves "The Forgotten" releases Riley and asks she deliver a message to "those above" that "they are still here". Riley also discovers that the Messiah talks about "Revelations" and "The End" so its not such a leap to learn he intends to have the people of the mall commit a mass suicide so they can "go home" To get her family out and escape Riley must prevent this happening. Sacrifices have to be made, not everyone will get out, or even live.I wont say anymore about the book as to do so would reveal too much, I feel I've revealed so much already.The pace of the book is medium to fast pace. I really enjoy reading Katie's writing style. You do get attached to the characters. In this book we meet many new characters, one of my new favourites is Mage, the Messiahs young daughter who seems wise beyond her years and perhaps more capable of running the mall and its people than her father the messiah. I love the way she latches onto Riley. There's also a spark of a relationship between Ethan and Mage.So did I enjoy the book? Loved it! Would I recommend the book? Definitely, I'd say read The Breeders, then Nessa's Story and then this one. Would I read another book in this series? Yes please! Would I read other books by this Author? I would yes.

  • By Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight on January 11, 2014

    I was a little torn when trying to decide how to rate this one. I knew it would be a high rating, but I was waffling between four and five stars. I feel like I have been giving too many five stars as of late, and don't want to arbitrarily give them out. So I devised a system, and needed a few days to think how this book fits. Basically, in order to receive a 5-star, the book needs to do the following:1. Be enjoyable. This is a given, but important.2. Be emotive. I want to have some feelings when I read. I feel like that is a sign of a good book.3. Make me think about it after I am finished reading.So with that in mind, after a couple days' pondering, The Believers earned its five stars. The reason I was unsure at first is that this is a very dark book. I generally enjoy a few moments of lightheartedness in my books, a few moments to take my mind of the terrible things happening to the characters and world around them. But after thinking about it, it works in this book. Because the plot is always moving, always evolving, you don't really have time to dwell on the darkness. Obviously, you realize that this world sucks, but you are too busy caring about the characters and what happens next to focus on that.I really liked the first book, but this is one of those rare books that is better than its predecessor. The characters become more developed, and the plot goes places that I never imagined. I love that it wasn't in any way predictable. There were insanely sad moments, but they had purpose, not just shock value.So I think it goes without saying that I would recommend this book, especially to those who enjoyed the first. And I will be most definitely be reading any other books in this series.


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