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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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.
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!
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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 tale of a determined girl ,being held a prisoner for future pro-
Creation of "Earth", refuses to be a part of the systems solutions...
Not quite Sci-fi.... But very entertaining!
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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