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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It started off a bit boring but then BAM an event happens that had me screaming, cheering and utterly shocked and then I was hooked. It took a while to get there but it was worth it. I've already downloaded the next book and can't wait to see what happens!
"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!
"Took Me by Surprise"
One of the best books I've listened to on audible in a long time. Really well performed, and the story itself is gripping, heart-wrenching, and is difficult to "put down". The description in this book is absolutely vivid -Can't wait for the sequel!
"Would make a great movie!"
It kept my attention. Some parts of the book were predictable. I would have enjoyed seeing more character development for Simon. I was hoping for an epilogue at the end of the book. It ended in such a way that makes me want a second novel. The action in the book is such that I believe it would make a great movie.
"Loved the book"
Loved the book but the end infuriated me! I couldn't accept Lilly's outcome it shocked and upset me badly but I understand not all stories end the way u want. This was a great book and I am eager to start the next book in the series!!!
"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.
"First I've heard of Joe Hart"
I liked this this book. A new idea and it is refreshing to listen to a book like this. So bravo Joe Hill. Looking forward to the sequel.
"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.
The dispair and desire to escape kept me Turing page after page. I had trouble puttingbit down to work.
"Wasn't sure about this story line - but LOVED IT!"
When I first ordered this book I was unsure if it was my kind of book, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it! Equal amounts of suspense, action and a little sadness. There were parts that I was totally engaged and felt the emotions of the characters! LOVED IT!
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.
"Very poor narration!"
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.
interesting idea for a story but badly written and narrated. The main character is immensely irritating. Not worth the time or money
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