Breeders (Part I of The Breeders Trilogy) by Ashley Quigley

breeders How far would you go? If human society was genuinely at risk, how cruel and heartless would our conscience allow us to be, in order to preserve humanity? If you thought the only means of preserving humanity was to capture, imprison and breed humans against their will – would you sanction it? 

Ariet has been taken from her family, who are told she has died of an illness; when, in fact, she has been drugged and removed against her will to a secret underground location. Selected for a genetic breeding program by the Creators, the Monarchy of the New World, Ariet and her captor Mason, have to provide an offspring with a predetermined inherited genetic profile, or face termination. They find mutual empathy for one another when their unborn child does not carry the desirable gene. Unable to accept the scheduled termination of her pregnancy by the Creators and to save the life of her offspring, Mason helps her escape to an area outside of the Four Quadrants. Mason’s childhood friend Thor, a Guardian in the Great Tower, flees with Ariet to protect her from the unknown, whilst leaving Mason behind to bring down the rulers of the New World. With the aid of refugees from the Old World, Ariet, together with her child and Thor risk everything to join Mason in his fight to destroy the Monarchy. This book is a horror story, a science fiction story and dark, thought experiment into the extreme application of genetic selection. It raises interesting ethical questions and poses the question – How far would you go?

Reviews:
“This sci-fi story takes the reader into an ordered society through the eyes and emotions of Ariet, soon to be breeder 107. It took me the first couple chapters to truly get into the story, but from that point on I was hooked. I actually did not mind the first person narative because I saw the story as though I was part of it. I was a little disappointed with the sudden ending, but only because I wanted to read more. Thank you Ashley for a great story. I am looking forward to the next book.”
 
“Excellent story. A possible view of our future that had both the positive and negative aspects of genetic splicing. Can not wait to read next book.”
 
“Interesting story, kept me reading. This book does not drag on with useless sub stories, gets right to the point. I read to help me fall asleep but Breeders didn’t help me sleep at all. I couldn’t put this book down. I can’t wait to read the next book in this Trilogy!”

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Ashley2Ashley Quigley was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.  In high-school, she developed a love for writing and English and excelled in both aspects. For college, she headed to Rhodes University where she was to study English and Journalism, but as fate would have it, she registered for a science degree and received her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Microbiology. She has a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology. After a five-year stint working in commercial laboratories she discovered that her love of English and writing was too great to ignore. So she came a full circle and reverted back to her first love, writing. She lives in Umhlanga, South Africa with her husband, son, and three dogs. She is currently working on her next novel.

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