A mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 percent to less than one percent. Medical science and governments around the world scramble in an effort to solve the problem, but 25 years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than 1000 women.
Zoey and some of the surviving young women are housed in a scientific research compound dedicated to determining the cause. For two decades, she's been isolated from her family, treated as a test subject, and locked away - told only that the virus has wiped out the rest of the world's population.
Captivity is the only life Zoey has ever known, and escaping her heavily armed captors is no easy task, but she's determined to leave before she is subjected to the next round of tests...a program that no other woman has ever returned from. Even if she's successful, Zoey has no idea what she'll encounter in the strange new world beyond the facility's walls. Winning her freedom will take brutality she never imagined she possessed, as well as all her strength and cunning - but Zoey is ready for war.
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This book is so worth a listen, it kept me hooked right from the start, you think you know where its going but has good twists and turns.
Not based on this audio book...
No each genre has its own bad books... this is unfortunately one of them.
No, its a poor narration...hard to follow with the style she reads with.
"Gripping story, but missing some details"
I enjoyed the story and I do recommend this book, however there were a few things that, to me, just didn't make sense.
*Spoiler alert*. I'm about to reveal some parts of the story:
1). If these girls/women are supposedly the last females on earth, and "The future of the human race" why were they basically treated like prisoners who had committed some terrible crime? I would imagine they would be treated more like goddesses who were the hope for the future.
2). Why would the women be so cruel to each other if they spent their whole lives in the compound and are stuck all in the same boat? There was never any reason given for the animosity.
3). Why were the women not allowed to read books or listen to music? How would that affect their ability to reproduce?
4). Why would the scientists kill the women after giving birth to a boy? The women could've gotten pregnant many more times and subsequent babies could've been girls
5). When the protagonist Zoey escapes and sees the world for the first time ever, after spending her entire life in the compound, she is barely surprised by any of it--and somehow expertly knows about it all "from reading about it in the textbook" and is able to survive on her own. It seemed a bit far fetched.
However, despite those questions, I was able to enjoy the book and hope some of it will be explained in the next version.
"Listen to the Sample"
THEY ONLY HAD BUTTER ONCE A YEAR
I fell for the hype and I should have known better. For some reason Audible felt this was a top Sci-Fi pick and a top Suspense pick. I loved the concept, but when I check out the author, I found he has two other books at audible. One has a 3.7 rating and the other a 3.8 rating, so what made audible think this book was so important? It is really a YA novel and had I listened to the sample I would have known that. It is a good sample and very representative of the book. You listen and decide.
"Had potential but it was lacking in clarity"
If there were only 1000 women left in the world and a handful in captivity, what happened to the rest of the women/young girls that were kidnapped and experimented on? The author eluded to the fact they regularly went on raiding parties to find new candidates. Considering Zoe was taken as a young child and was just turning 21, you'd think the facility would have been brimming with girls. Why would such a precious commodity be treated so badly? If the problem was women giving birth to nothing but males, you'd think the scientist would want to safeguard all women for the day they found a cure and would have women with good genes around to repopulate the world. You'd think these special girls would be treated with kindness rather than with terror. Getting thrown into some dark box and terrorized made no sense at all. There were just a lot of holes in this story, not enough character building, not enough explanation about what was being done to solve the problem. For example, no one was treated with any sort of favoritism but there was obvious tension between the girls. How come? If the girls and their male overseers were only going to be sperm and egg donors, then why was it important to have Zoe and Lee develop a relationship if the point was for them to provide the ingredients for a petri dish conception and not an intimate relationship. Overall, I did not get bored with the story mostly because I asked questions all along. If there is a sequel, I might listen to it just to see what happened to Zoe and her fellow escapees. If Joe Hart doesn't do something to tighten up his story, I would not purchase the third book in the series.
"Great story. can't wait for sequel. "
Admittedly, it did have a slow build up. Speaking for myself, I can appreciate elaborate detail if it's done tastefully. I did not mind the less intense scenes. I believe it adds to the story and derives a great road for suspense. The story did escalate within a few hours and the drama was well written. I quite enjoyed the narration as well. Give this story a shot. I love a read that can pleasantly surprise. I gobbled this audio edition in two days tops.
"GREAT NARRATION- STORY WAS FINE"
I did enjoy the scenes where Zoey was alone outside the prison trying to survive and there is no doubt Ms. Rosenberg kept the story emotional and alive.
She was fantastic.
I do want to hear the sequel to see what happens after Zoey feels so defeated. I almost wish there were just a few more chapters to hear what happens to her next. But I suppose that's what the sequel is for!
picked up at the end. characters were bland, and were somewhat stereotypical. how many times did a man ask Zoe if she was okay?
"Different, but good"
The story is good, but leaves a few holes that are hard to reconcile. The center if the story is the main character's resilience, and that journey us very good.
According to the description there are only 1000 women left in the world. This book has some of the them living in a prison being treated like serial killers. Why? There are countless hours of a basic description of prison life including 30 minutes of a woman locked in solitary confinement. Although the initial premise started out well, after 5 hours I just gave up. Nothing made any sense whatsoever. If I had used a credit for book, I would have returned it. If you want something to your your insomnia this may be just the ticket.
"Nothing new. Nothing interesting"
Perhaps I just read and/or listened to similar stories. But I really did not find this title to be enjoyable.
The premise was interesting enough. But I feel the story did not live up to its potential. The story is a what if scenario. What if there was a very limited population of women? And what would people do to ensure that humans do not become extinct?
With that said, I kinda expected to have little to none of that "suspension of disbelief" after imagining those scenarios coming to pass
But I find it very hard to connect with the story because I find the characters two-dimensional. The villains are deluded, self-righteous a-holes with no further depth given to them. While the heroes (even the heroine) seem to me like every other character I've encountered in other stories. So I find it easy to take for granted that the heroine was able to defeat them.
Do not purchase this book with the hopes of a good romance on the side. To be frank, the romance portion of the story isn't even essential to keep the plot going.
Thus, all in all, I'm disappointed with this book and will not be making plans to purchase the sequel.
"Interesting premise; painfully slow story"
My practice is to complete one book before starting another. It took me three tries on 3 different days to finish The Last Girl. This is another human apocalypse story although it is a rather unique one. Almost all of the babies being born are male leaving very few female humans.
The story ends well for Zoey, but the basic problem is unresolved. Thus the need for future books in the series.
Overall it is a unique series for an apocalypse series, but the story moves much too slowly. The narrator is okay at best.
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