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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Believers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Book two in the Breeders six book series. In a world where nine out of ten births are male, females are a rarity. And to be entirely honest if all females are like the main character Riley, thank God for that! As a female I feel im allowed to say that! I enjoy the concept of this series, that females are rare, that there is a breeding program, there are tribes, and battles, and principles and above all else I do like a dystopian world. I dont love that characters, they are pretty immature and sha Book two in the Breeders six book series. In a world where nine out of ten births are male, females are a rarity. And to be entirely honest if all females are like the main character Riley, thank God for that! As a female I feel im allowed to say that! I enjoy the concept of this series, that females are rare, that there is a breeding program, there are tribes, and battles, and principles and above all else I do like a dystopian world. I dont love that characters, they are pretty immature and shallow but for trashy poolside reading this ticks the boxes. I'll definitely continue with the series between heavier books. Three stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandra "Jeanz"

    INITIAL THOUGHTS I 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 REVIEW I 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 sit INITIAL THOUGHTS I 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 REVIEW I 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 appearing 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    I finished this book a couple of days ago. Snow, elections, NaNoWriMo, and other distractions got in the way of my review. Sorry. This is the second book of the Breeder series. The story of the girl looking for her mother and aunt continues. It is far from an easy feat. But Riley and her boyfriend and her brother try to find a way to them. The story kept me interested. Often I found it nauseating. I think that was the author's intent. Still, I couldn't put it down. Maybe it was the train accident I finished this book a couple of days ago. Snow, elections, NaNoWriMo, and other distractions got in the way of my review. Sorry. This is the second book of the Breeder series. The story of the girl looking for her mother and aunt continues. It is far from an easy feat. But Riley and her boyfriend and her brother try to find a way to them. The story kept me interested. Often I found it nauseating. I think that was the author's intent. Still, I couldn't put it down. Maybe it was the train accident effect? You can't just let it go. You have to look. That is the very reason I just ordered the Kindle Unlimited version. I think the first and second are KU also. So what is there to lose? Find Aunty and Mom!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chessy The Cat

    Riley Meemick has successfully rescued her mother from The Breeders. But, not before they implanted one of their experimental fetuses into her. The road is hard on Riley’s mother as the baby is growing at an accelerated rate. A group of mutants capture Riley and her group and take them to the self-proclaimed Messiah at the Citadel. Their intent is for the group to join the believers and consume the tainted holy water as a display of faith. All Riley wants to do is to escape and find her Auntie. F Riley Meemick has successfully rescued her mother from The Breeders. But, not before they implanted one of their experimental fetuses into her. The road is hard on Riley’s mother as the baby is growing at an accelerated rate. A group of mutants capture Riley and her group and take them to the self-proclaimed Messiah at the Citadel. Their intent is for the group to join the believers and consume the tainted holy water as a display of faith. All Riley wants to do is to escape and find her Auntie. French’s second novel in The Breeders series, The Believers is a dystopian romance. It’s an easy read and is paced well. The editing is much better than the first book. The story is sad and at times heartbreaking. The Breeders are relentless in the pursuit of any free female. They will not give up their search for Riley. Hopefully, with Clay’s help, she can stay hidden. 4 out of 5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Long

    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 wh 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. NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kimm Reilly

    Slow learners 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/Desi Slow learners 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.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    S.L. Perrin

    French delivers again for another romp into the dusty world of the Breeders. I usually shy away from novels/tv/movies with a religious cult depicted. Yes, they do exist. Yes, they are preying on the emotionally vulnerable, but in recent years there's been an unconvincing portrayal of mainstream faiths being dangerously radical. French handles this subject exceptionally well. Plus, Riley is unshakable in her faith in her family, which makes me believe in her. I won't give anything away other than French delivers again for another romp into the dusty world of the Breeders. I usually shy away from novels/tv/movies with a religious cult depicted. Yes, they do exist. Yes, they are preying on the emotionally vulnerable, but in recent years there's been an unconvincing portrayal of mainstream faiths being dangerously radical. French handles this subject exceptionally well. Plus, Riley is unshakable in her faith in her family, which makes me believe in her. I won't give anything away other than my thanks to the author. And my money too because I'm continuing on with the series. There were a couple things I was looking for that didn't happen. Ri, Clay got off easy. I wanted a stronger confrontation about his goings-on while inside the mall. Two, Riley had a concern about her and Clay's deepening relationship that I wanted acknowledged between them by the end of the novel. That's okay. There's still several more books to go and I believe French is very capable author. Can't wait to read to find out what's going to happen with Riley and the gang.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sherilyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I pushed through this book because I like the concept of the series and I want to see what direction it takes. The book itself was average and far less interesting than book 1. I felt like there was so many questions unanswered. What was the magical/poison water they were drinking? Why did it make the guys sore covered with milky eyes but turned women into zombies? Where were the forgotten hiding whenever Clay and the brotherhood were partying in the lake? The question that bothers me the most, a I pushed through this book because I like the concept of the series and I want to see what direction it takes. The book itself was average and far less interesting than book 1. I felt like there was so many questions unanswered. What was the magical/poison water they were drinking? Why did it make the guys sore covered with milky eyes but turned women into zombies? Where were the forgotten hiding whenever Clay and the brotherhood were partying in the lake? The question that bothers me the most, and I can’t seem to find any other reviews that ask this question, but.. what about the baby? So this baby is growing at an obscenely rapid rate and can be seen twisting and turning inside the mother. When the mom falls to her death, nobody thought “hmm.. there’s a full grown human inside this woman.. what of that?”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Asiaman

    Katie French is a really good writer. She makes you feel the characters and their surroundings. This is not full of fighting, well, there is some. It is mostly just a wonderful book that takes a look at what life in the Apocalypse could be like. To say that I enjoyed it would be an understatement. Now I am just hoping there will be more in this series. Katie's writing style is the key to her books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peter Carlstrom

    Great and bloody installment The protagonists are captured by the fanatical cult and have to deal with disgusting sickness, secrets, and growing rift between the lovers. Through cunning, curiosity and unexpected help they fight to survive the ordeal and emerge with stronger spirit, heart and commitment.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Casey Peltier

    yep........ another one that i apparently put to the side (I think book 1 was enough for me) and can't even remember if I finished it or not........... sighhhhhhhhhhhh

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mellissastreet1978gmail.com

    Ok book Couldn’t finish to sad so much doom and gloom . They get through one thing and another thing pops up it just became tiresome.

  13. 5 out of 5

    T. Jackson

    Wow!!! Wow!!!! Wow!!! I loved it. I was hooked after the first sentence. Kept me turning through the pages to see what happened next. One of my all time favorites.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Decent sequel Not quite as good as the first book, but was exciting and kept me turning the pages. Looking forward to the next one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Forster

    Oh and how could she... I won’t spoil it but... damn it - a great - but horrifying end! Loved it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deberrah Bryce

    Great book Fast moving and hard to guess what was going to happen next. Good descriptive words that made you were there and feeling their feelings.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenney Thomson

    I'm still enjoying the journey that these characters are taking me on.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Quinn A

    I loved this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Campbell

    I love it! Katie does it again! I couldn't put this book down. Matter of fact, I'm rereading the whole series! Give her and this series a try.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    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 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brian Braden

    I wondered where Katie French might take this concept after reading her debut novel, The Breeders. This is what I found when I cracked open The Believers...action, and lots of it. My hunch was correct with the first novel – Katie French’s YA dystopian books are more like futuristic westerns, with clearly defined good and evil, dust and blood, and a little romance thrown in between the bullets. The Believers picks right up where The Breeders left off – on the road and on the run in post-apocalyps I wondered where Katie French might take this concept after reading her debut novel, The Breeders. This is what I found when I cracked open The Believers...action, and lots of it. My hunch was correct with the first novel – Katie French’s YA dystopian books are more like futuristic westerns, with clearly defined good and evil, dust and blood, and a little romance thrown in between the bullets. The Believers picks right up where The Breeders left off – on the road and on the run in post-apocalypse New Mexico. Riley and her band of survivors are captured by a cult living in the remnants of an old mall. Riley and her companions must choose between the cult’s dark unknowns (which include food and security), or the dangers of the open road, (which includes starvation, brutal gangs, and the Breeders.) French breaks out of the normal YA dystopian tropes not only with her unique angle regarding a future with few fertile women, but her bad guy, the cult’s powerfully charismatic and creepy leader, the Messiah, who cherry picks about every bad element of every world religion to build his following. Riley, our hero, is caught between one bad situation and the next. She’s trying to save her mother, who is suffering the effects of the Breeder’s dark experiments, her little brother, who wants a home, and her boyfriend, Clay, who is unwittingly entangled in the Messiah’s murky plans. Riley has so many responsibilities, so many people counting on her, and few friends in a world of wolves and more wolves, where weakness is death. This time, she can only count on herself. I can't wait to see where Riley and her band of rag tag survivors end up next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Desirae

      I may never know what possessed me to read this book, because I absolutely loathed the first one. Maybe I wanted to believe it could get better, but alas. Where to begin... Riley was just so pathetic to me. She's grown up in a would where women are "nonexistent" (excluding her mother and aunt, of course) yet she's acutely aware of her own girlhood. I still don't understand why she wasn't raised to be a boy, especially considering how dangerous being who she is actually was. Everyone in her family   I may never know what possessed me to read this book, because I absolutely loathed the first one. Maybe I wanted to believe it could get better, but alas. Where to begin... Riley was just so pathetic to me. She's grown up in a would where women are "nonexistent" (excluding her mother and aunt, of course) yet she's acutely aware of her own girlhood. I still don't understand why she wasn't raised to be a boy, especially considering how dangerous being who she is actually was. Everyone in her family should have instilled in her from birth that she was a boy just for the sake of saving herself from danger. Then there's Clay, who never should have had physical contact with women of any kind, and spends the first part of his relationship with Riley believing she is a boy. I've always thought there was a huge untapped wealth of emotional contact in that alone that was never even explored. Things that really bothered me here: *Clay guilt tripping Riley into having sex with him when they were hiding in the dinner. Or really how Clay guilt tripped her most of the novel about his feelings, his needs, etc. And how Riley let him. *Mage and her "Pork makes you a dork" one liners. *The zombies. WTF.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eddie

    For the author worried about 'sequels' this one was awfully damned good.. LOTS of action... and 'holy shit moments' A bit to.. 'sequential event plot driven' would be one of my only two negative complaints. AWESOME plot.. with cult's... and screwed up religious leaders. I do wish the author did a bit more research into the effects of (view spoiler)[ Hydroflouric Acid.. With short term skin contact with concentrations of this acid above 40% will cause immediate burning and intense pain. At concen For the author worried about 'sequels' this one was awfully damned good.. LOTS of action... and 'holy shit moments' A bit to.. 'sequential event plot driven' would be one of my only two negative complaints. AWESOME plot.. with cult's... and screwed up religious leaders. I do wish the author did a bit more research into the effects of (view spoiler)[ Hydroflouric Acid.. With short term skin contact with concentrations of this acid above 40% will cause immediate burning and intense pain. At concentrations between 20-40% the effects may not be felt for a few minutes but there may still be intense pain. At concentrations less than 20% the effects may be delayed for up to 12 hours at which time extreme pain may be felt. HF is fat soluble meaning it penetrates the skin extremely easily. Consequently in the longer term it binds tissue calcium and decalcifies bones leading to tissue necrosis which may result in amputationt (hide spoiler)] Taken from http://www2.binghamton.edu/ehs/lab-sa... I wonder if thats what was in 'the lake' that caused all the sores?? Why then did it cause delerium in the men?? Yes I know its fiction.. but c'mon!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    H.S. Stone

    Katie French's The Breeders was one of my top ten reads of 2013, so I eagerly awaited the release of its sequel. The Believers picks up where The Breeders ends, and from the opening pages, you know what you're going to get with this book: an exciting, well-written story that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. The novel is fast-paced, and there's never a dull moment. I had a hard time putting it down to do something else because I kept wanting to see what would happen next. Although Katie French's The Breeders was one of my top ten reads of 2013, so I eagerly awaited the release of its sequel. The Believers picks up where The Breeders ends, and from the opening pages, you know what you're going to get with this book: an exciting, well-written story that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. The novel is fast-paced, and there's never a dull moment. I had a hard time putting it down to do something else because I kept wanting to see what would happen next. Although the tone of The Believers is similar to that found in The Breeders, the plot is different and there's a new set of characters involved. Nevertheless, it was as enjoyable as the first book. I find it refreshing for an author to come up with an original story instead of rehashing the same scenes from book 1, and it is a testament to Katie French's writing skills that she can deliver a new story with new characters that is as enjoyable as its predecessor. I recommend this book and the series to all readers, especially fans of YA dystopians. I can't wait for book 3!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy Biddle

    After the success of The Breeders, Katie French could have easily reused the same plot and theme elements in her sequel, The Believers. Instead, she brought new life into the story by adding unexpected characters and plot twists. The Believers is more than just a love story set in a dystopian future where women are bought and sold, it is a deep, dark exploration of human nature during desperate times. Riley Meemick is one of my favorite fictional characters, imperfect and human with a powerful wi After the success of The Breeders, Katie French could have easily reused the same plot and theme elements in her sequel, The Believers. Instead, she brought new life into the story by adding unexpected characters and plot twists. The Believers is more than just a love story set in a dystopian future where women are bought and sold, it is a deep, dark exploration of human nature during desperate times. Riley Meemick is one of my favorite fictional characters, imperfect and human with a powerful will to survive and an undying love for her family. When Riley and her family are forcefully taken in by the Messiah and his strange community of Believers, it seems like they might be able to make the place home, if they can just learn to get along. But the more Riley peeks behind the facade of a working society, the more the place seems like a twisted, dangerous prison. If you love Riley as much as me, pick up The Believers. This book will be loved by adults young and old.

  26. 4 out of 5

    CL Ngwe-Nwi

    A fan for paranormal dystopian novels? Then you need to read this one. However, you may want to start with book one. i.e. if you have not yet read it. I read this one through to the end without really putting it down except to grab an undisturbed bite. It is that amazing. This sequel is certainly a good one to follow. Downright creepy and chillingly cool.You will discover the new way in which female babies are birthed in this society. There is also a clear depiction of a new form of prison societ A fan for paranormal dystopian novels? Then you need to read this one. However, you may want to start with book one. i.e. if you have not yet read it. I read this one through to the end without really putting it down except to grab an undisturbed bite. It is that amazing. This sequel is certainly a good one to follow. Downright creepy and chillingly cool.You will discover the new way in which female babies are birthed in this society. There is also a clear depiction of a new form of prison society wherein assimilation is forced and unquestioned. When the truth of what goes on in this society, represented by the Citadel and the Breeders is revealed, all hell breaks loose. What a perfect expression of turns and twists. Katie French surely has something great cooking in those brains of hers for the follow-up. I loved reading this one, but you will need to read it to form your own opinion. Definitely waiting for Book three of this sequel.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)

    Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks? The Believers is the second book in The Breeders series by Katie French. Riley, Clay, and the crew are free from the Breeders facility, but they are still in danger. This new place governed by the "Messiah" doesn't seem much better. It's like a cult, and everyone seems to be getting sucked into it. Even Riley can see the appeal in some ways. This book ran a little slow for me. The pacing of book one was much better. Clay made me soooo mad too! And, as a result Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks? The Believers is the second book in The Breeders series by Katie French. Riley, Clay, and the crew are free from the Breeders facility, but they are still in danger. This new place governed by the "Messiah" doesn't seem much better. It's like a cult, and everyone seems to be getting sucked into it. Even Riley can see the appeal in some ways. This book ran a little slow for me. The pacing of book one was much better. Clay made me soooo mad too! And, as a result, I got mad at Riley for never telling him how he really behaved. He needed to know! But, I digress... The Believers had the creepy, cult feel throughout the book, but it just wasn't enough to keep my attention like the first book. There wasn't a cliffhanger, but this ending lets you know there is definitely more to come.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Talia Hammond

    Great book! Has a walking dead suspense thriller feel to it! Couldn't put it down.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emmanuelle

    Riley and company have escaped the Breeders but soon find themselves captives of the Citadel. Is this group of people worth trusting or is there something evil festering below the surface? Riley struggles to find the answer to save those she loves, but will it be too late to convince them that all is not as it seems? The author does a great job of continuing the adventure for Riley and the gang, but doesn't give them much of a break. True to the nature of the dystopian world in which they live i Riley and company have escaped the Breeders but soon find themselves captives of the Citadel. Is this group of people worth trusting or is there something evil festering below the surface? Riley struggles to find the answer to save those she loves, but will it be too late to convince them that all is not as it seems? The author does a great job of continuing the adventure for Riley and the gang, but doesn't give them much of a break. True to the nature of the dystopian world in which they live in, they are constantly on the run. The story did seem to progress slowly at times, but I realize that it was needed to give a full-body plot. I preferred book one with the greater emphasis on the enemy being the Breeders. I'm interested in seeing where the author will go story-wise with book three.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Shursen

    The Believers took me from word one and led me through yet another incredible adventure. Just like the Breeders, this novel is equally exciting. French's rich descriptions and believable characters bring a reader right smack into the setting, taking us right into the plot, hanging on chapter after chapter, only guessing at what might happen next. Riley's tough exterior, yet yearning for a better world tore at my emotions. The only control Riley has, however, is trying to keep those she loves saf The Believers took me from word one and led me through yet another incredible adventure. Just like the Breeders, this novel is equally exciting. French's rich descriptions and believable characters bring a reader right smack into the setting, taking us right into the plot, hanging on chapter after chapter, only guessing at what might happen next. Riley's tough exterior, yet yearning for a better world tore at my emotions. The only control Riley has, however, is trying to keep those she loves safe. Each character is memorable, and long after you read the last page,the possibility that this could happen is haunting. Recommended to everyone who enjoys a fast pace read that leaves you waiting for the next book in French's series.

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