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Breed by Niki Cluff

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Breed, 1

A comet is set to destroy Earth, but Kyle Singer is determined to survive.

Tired of being treated like a second-class citizen thanks to her perfect brother, Kyle doesn’t think twice when offered the opportunity to attend an academy formed to stop the comet. It’s not like there’s going to be much left after the comet hits, anyway. 

She's drugged, shipped off to the school, and thrown into a relationship with Ichiro Seung-hun, an exchange student from South Korea. The school isn’t just about stopping the comet. It’s a breeding program for after the comet hits and wipes out the human race. Terrified of becoming a baby-making factory, Kyle and Ichiro will do whatever it takes to escape.

Even if that means dying.

14+ due to adult situations

 

Excerpt: 

“Ah, I see you’re both awake,” Hartmann’s voice breaks through the static and her image appears on the screen. Beside the TV, I spot a flashing red light. A security camera.

 

“What is this?” Angel stands and brushes off the seat of her jogging shorts. I wonder if that’s what she wore to bed when I realize I’m no longer dressed in my pajamas, but yoga pants and a workout top.

 

“It’s a test,” Hartmann says. Her image disappears from the screen and the rolling door at the opposite end of the room lifts.

 

Bright light illuminates the room from beneath the door, burning my eyes. I lift my hand to shade my eyes against the scorching light. Angel does the same. I get to my feet when the TV screen flickers again. An image of Ichiro and Preston tied with ropes and trapped in a cage appears on the screen.

 

“Ichiro,” I breathe, standing.

 

“That can’t be real,” Angel says. She turns toward the open door.

 

They’re trapped in a cage made of bars and surrounded by thick foliage that reminds me of a jungle. I shake my head. “I don’t know.”

 

We live in the desert. Not a jungle.

 

Angel moves toward one of the walls and grabs a sword from one of the shelves. She tosses me one. “Time to find out.”

 

She doesn’t wait for me as she charges out the door and into the blazing sunlight. I follow behind, but I’m not as fast as she is. Her legs are longer and muscular. She’s a runner. The path begins in the desert with Joshua trees, cacti, and tumbleweeds lining the path. There’s fencing on both sides of us and I can hear the buzz of electricity making its way through wires. Behind us, the gate drops with a clank. We’re trapped in this place.

 

Heat beats down on us and sweat gathers on my forehead and back. Even with taking the kendo classes, I’m not in enough shape to keep up with Angel. She sprints ahead, holding the sword in her right hand. She’s not concerned about our lack of water. Or the fact that the path isn’t really a path. The brush has been cut away, but it isn’t a worn space from people traveling up and down the trail.

 

Careful, my intuition warns.

 

“Angel,” I call ahead, but she doesn’t stop.

 

I slow my pace. Plants that I don’t recognize, large leafy ferns, fill the spaces between trees and brush. Humidity replaces the dry heat. The hair on the back of my neck prickles. This isn’t right. There shouldn’t be a jungle in the middle of a desert. If we are in the middle of a desert, there shouldn’t be foliage.

 

“The path curves up ahead. I can’t see the fencing,” Angel says.

 

Wait.

 

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  1. Divergent meets Deep Impact, refreshing and realistic. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Aug 2018

    Breed, by the talented Niki Cluff, is a YA dystopian romance novel, set in our possible near future where Earth is being bombarded by meteors, and there's one headed our way that could wipe out the majority of the human race.

    Kyle Singer is a girl born to an unloving family who wants perfection, and she's not up to scratch, which makes her jump at the opportunity to finish high school in an academy that will save her life. At the Realist Academy, she is forced into a "pairing," and insta-relationship, with Ichiro Seung-hun who is a mysterious brooder with a dark past. The academy and it's creepy-perfect facade instantly puts her and Ichiro on guard and they realize this place is not all it's cracked up to be. She and Ichiro work together, and against the principal, to do whatever it takes to unravel the mystery and escape, even if escaping means death.

    Overall, what the book has working for it is its unpredictability. The description gives a lot away, unfortunately, but despite that things occurred that I could've never predicted. Kyle has the perfect amount of strength and insecurity that speaks to teen readers and adults who can reminisce on that uncertain part of life, even more uncertain due to the life and death situations and a forced relationship. The relationship between Kyle and Ichiro doesn't yield in love at first sight, although there's interest, which lends great credibility as to what would occur in real life. I found this book to be refreshingly honest, believable, with characters readers could relate to.

    As for cons, I really just wanted more overall, which is great that it is a series and we'll get that. The romance is sweet, clean, but there's not a lot of it. However, I assume the author will build this up more, which is fantastic and ensures the relationship won't putter out, become redundant, or need to depend on other YA romance stereotypes. We also don't get to know Ichiro well, because it is told through Kyle's perspective, but this is another thing I think the second book will show readers once Kyle knows him more intimately.

    Overall, it was a great read, the plot constantly rolling and surprising me, the characters well developed and relatable, and I was left wanting more. It is the first series I've read in a while that had the perfect amount of story to feel complete but also keep me wanting more with expectations of getting something fresh and different.

    This review was based on a complimentary pre-release copy.


  2. GOOD: So good things that I liked where the ... 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Aug 2018

    GOOD: So good things that I liked where the main characters and the flow/pace of the book. I really liked the two main characters, Kyle and Ichiro, I think they were very sensible and much more well developed than the rest of the teens in the breeding program. They had a strong voice as lead characters and I liked the secondary characters too.

    The book is quite short and maintains a good pace. It doesn't have many intense highs and lows (until the end) but it does the job and keeps you entertained while reading.

    BAD: Some bad things... hmm I think the other teens should have been more touched upon because they give the reader the feeling that they are flat as a cardboard although in a couple of scenes you can see they have much more to offer. Their backgrounds are not detailed. Maybe they will be described more profoundly in the next books? It could be.

    Another thing is that the plot itself is pretty standard. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, definitely not the worst I've seen but it didn't have anything that stood out either. The elements used were pretty basic. If anything I would say it stayed in the safe-zone but since it's a debut book I think it might have been the right choice and it can always be improved in the next books.

    OVERALL: 3.5 stars. It might not be a memorable book but it was pretty enjoyable and I didn't have any big issues with it. I am looking forward to reading the next books as I liked Breed enough to care for the fate of the characters and get to know what happens next. Recommended for teens and young adults. Get your copy now!


  3. Good debut novel! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Aug 2018

    It's the end of the world as we know it.

    Kyle, invisible at home but secretly intuitive and brilliant, is invited to attend a special school in which she will survive the impending comet's collision with earth. There she meets Ichiro, who is handsome, quiet, and equally instinctual. They, as well as the rest of the students at the Realist Academy, are paired off and made to live together--an odd coed arrangement.

    Little do they know, Principal Hartmann has many more surprises in store, and Kyle and Ichiro find themselves as guinea pigs in her diabolical plan to repopulate the planet.

    This was a very good debut novel, and an intriguing story line. Niki Cluff does a great job with pacing, character building (both good and evil), and providing just enough intensity to make you want to keep turning pages. I stayed awake well into the night to finish. Though there were a few redundancies and I did tire just a bit at Kyle's insecurity, this book did what any book is supposed to do: left me wanting for the sequel.

    Note: I was provided a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


  4. invisible at home but secretly intuitive and brilliant, is invited to attend a special school in ... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Aug 2018

    It's the end of the world as we know it.

    Kyle, invisible at home but secretly intuitive and brilliant, is invited to attend a special school in which she will survive the impending comet's collision with earth. There she meets Ichiro, who is handsome, quiet, and equally instinctual. They, as well as the rest of the students at the Realist Academy, are paired off and made to live together--an odd coed arrangement.

    Little do they know, Principal Hartmann has many more surprises in store, and Kyle and Ichiro find themselves as guinea pigs in her diabolical plan to repopulate the planet.

    This was a very good debut novel, and an intriguing story line. Niki Cluff does a great job with pacing, character building (both good and evil), and providing just enough intensity to make you want to keep turning pages. I stayed awake well into the night to finish. Though there were a few redundancies and I did tire just a bit at Kyle's insecurity, this book did what any book is supposed to do: left me wanting for the sequel.

    Note: I was provided a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


  5. GOOD: So good things that I liked where the ... 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Aug 2018

    GOOD: So good things that I liked where the main characters and the flow/pace of the book. I really liked the two main characters, Kyle and Ichiro, I think they were very sensible and much more well developed than the rest of the teens in the breeding program. They had a strong voice as lead characters and I liked the secondary characters too.

    The book is quite short and maintains a good pace. It doesn't have many intense highs and lows (until the end) but it does the job and keeps you entertained while reading.

    BAD: Some bad things... hmm I think the other teens should have been more touched upon because they give the reader the feeling that they are flat as a cardboard although in a couple of scenes you can see they have much more to offer. Their backgrounds are not detailed. Maybe they will be described more profoundly in the next books? It could be.

    Another thing is that the plot itself is pretty standard. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, definitely not the worst I've seen but it didn't have anything that stood out either. The elements used were pretty basic. If anything I would say it stayed in the safe-zone but since it's a debut book I think it might have been the right choice and it can always be improved in the next books.

    OVERALL: 3.5 stars. It might not be a memorable book but it was pretty enjoyable and I didn't have any big issues with it. I am looking forward to reading the next books as I liked Breed enough to care for the fate of the characters and get to know what happens next. Recommended for teens and young adults. Get your copy now!


  6. Divergent meets Deep Impact, refreshing and realistic. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Aug 2018

    Breed, by the talented Niki Cluff, is a YA dystopian romance novel, set in our possible near future where Earth is being bombarded by meteors, and there's one headed our way that could wipe out the majority of the human race.

    Kyle Singer is a girl born to an unloving family who wants perfection, and she's not up to scratch, which makes her jump at the opportunity to finish high school in an academy that will save her life. At the Realist Academy, she is forced into a "pairing," and insta-relationship, with Ichiro Seung-hun who is a mysterious brooder with a dark past. The academy and it's creepy-perfect facade instantly puts her and Ichiro on guard and they realize this place is not all it's cracked up to be. She and Ichiro work together, and against the principal, to do whatever it takes to unravel the mystery and escape, even if escaping means death.

    Overall, what the book has working for it is its unpredictability. The description gives a lot away, unfortunately, but despite that things occurred that I could've never predicted. Kyle has the perfect amount of strength and insecurity that speaks to teen readers and adults who can reminisce on that uncertain part of life, even more uncertain due to the life and death situations and a forced relationship. The relationship between Kyle and Ichiro doesn't yield in love at first sight, although there's interest, which lends great credibility as to what would occur in real life. I found this book to be refreshingly honest, believable, with characters readers could relate to.

    As for cons, I really just wanted more overall, which is great that it is a series and we'll get that. The romance is sweet, clean, but there's not a lot of it. However, I assume the author will build this up more, which is fantastic and ensures the relationship won't putter out, become redundant, or need to depend on other YA romance stereotypes. We also don't get to know Ichiro well, because it is told through Kyle's perspective, but this is another thing I think the second book will show readers once Kyle knows him more intimately.

    Overall, it was a great read, the plot constantly rolling and surprising me, the characters well developed and relatable, and I was left wanting more. It is the first series I've read in a while that had the perfect amount of story to feel complete but also keep me wanting more with expectations of getting something fresh and different.

    This review was based on a complimentary pre-release copy.


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