Authors Showcase: Breeders by Ashley Quigley
June 10, 2015
The Book: Breeders
The Author: Ashley Quigley
The Story: 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?
About Ashley Quigley:
Ashley 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 (go Rhodents) 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 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 with her husband, their son, and three dogs. She is working on her next novel.
Visit her website at http://www.ashleyquigley.com/
Review by Dyana Jo:
Breeders was an entertaining sci fi novel that kept me in suspense. Ariet has been taken from her family in order to participate in a breeders program with the Monarchy of the New World.
She is put together with Mason who is a captor and together they must make an offspring that is acceptable to the people. They have their own idea on how to escape from this world. The ending was a bit surprising, and the story moves quite fast.
This trilogy would make an interesting series to watch on TV or the big screen.
Review by Joy F. Friedberg:
I couldn’t put this novel down. Now I am anxious to read the next installments. This is a sophisticated dystopia story of forced genetic breeding and culling. After the human population has been devastated by a plague, the survivors are ruled by a superior group ,the creators. Ironically the creators in their search for improved resistance to disease and other superior traits, are guilty of a lack of humanity, compassion, and ethics.
Those unwilling to go along with the creators program are terminated. Fetuses not testing with the wanted genetics are aborted. Genetically gifted young adults are in forced breeding relationships. The story focuses on Ariat a young woman removed from all she knows to be mated with a young man of the creator class. Their story is a harrowing tale. I greatly enjoyed the writing and a novel that was well edited.