• Athena's Choice

  • By: Adam Boostrom
  • Narrated by: Alex Ford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Athena's Choice

By: Adam Boostrom
Narrated by: Alex Ford
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What if a viral pandemic put women in charge of the planet?

Athena Vosh lives just like any other teenager from the year 2099. She watches reality shows with her friends, eats well, and occasionally wonders to herself: What would life be like if men were still alive?

It has been almost 50 years since an experimental virus accidentally killed all the men on earth. However, a controversial project is currently underway to bring men back. There's just one catch. The project has been sabotaged.

So begins Athena's Choice. When the police of 2099 are tasked with finding the saboteur, they receive a mysterious command to investigate the otherwise innocuous Athena Vosh. After it becomes clear that the young girl might know more than she lets on, Athena is brought in to participate in the official investigation. Simultaneously, the girl begins to experience a series of cryptic dreams featuring a ruined library and an old book containing the saboteur’s true identity. As the police close in on their prize, Athena finds herself on a journey of her own. Her clue-filled dreams and incorruptible spirit bring her face-to-face with a pair of forgotten truths about happiness and gender. The world waits to see if men will return as Athena fights a separate battle, culminating in the choice that will define her and others' lives forever.

©2019 Adam Boostrom (P)2019 Adam Boostrom

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Fresh! Invigorating! Bold!

I was given a copy of this in hardback but as a business owner and mom of twins my reading time is limited to audiobooks so I bought the audio and was immediately whisked into this future world absent of men. Several things blew me away about this book and one of them is Boostrom, a first time author mind you, can write women including teenagers with the best of them. I had to keep checking Boostrom was not a woman. The depth and complexities of his characterizations and the world building is astounding. Another thing about this book was the subject matter. It is not enough to say his work is thought provoking as Boostrom forces you to confront and question what perhaps, before reading his book, you never would have in essence your own sense of morality. It is no wonder Boostrom's debut won numerous awards.

And now onto the narration. Alex Ford has the kind of voice she just want to curl up in to. There is a purity to her sound that is aurally pleasing and her range is exceptional. Beyond this Ford displays her artistry as she embodies character after character with nuance subtlety and even humor. Her voice has a razors edge at times and one beat later it is like the the softness of a fuzzy blanket bringing warmth and radiance.

In my opinion this is the perfect pairing. I look forward to reading more of Boostrom and hearing more of Ford. Both are superstars in my book!

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Unique twist on an apocalypse/pandemic

I really enjoyed the thought that was put into this work. It
leaves you to ponder what if this really happened? Can society ever truly be at peace with ourselves and nations across the globe? I feel like I'm not articulating very well the dilemmas that could come from an event such as this. Which way is best? I don't think anyone is qualified to make that big of decision alone. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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Perfect Book-Club Read

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from this book. What I got was a suspenseful, engrossing mystery, set eighty years in the future, and staring a series of hard-driving female leads. The twists and turns kept me at the edge of my seat, and the book’s ending had me asking all of my friends to read it so that I could discuss it with them!!

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Surprisingly amazing

I was surprised by this book! I love science fiction. The advanced tech in this book was described I such a way that made it easy to envision and desire. The pursuit of self and knowledge was truly inspiring. I even cried at a few parts. It was easy to relate to as a women. The whole female cast was also refreshing. And the fact that a man wrote this makes it even more relevant as it really expresses human nature In females as mistakes that we could make to protect.
His moral In this story is truly insightful and I think even men should read it! I do feel like a sequel is necessary! Leaving it with a question is intriguing but also frustrating!
The narrator was pretty good. I tend to lean towards male narrations but I would listen to her again!
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Great story. Excellent narration!

I like dystopian sci-fi stories so when the premise of this story is a future world without men well, that just screams MUST READ.

This was a great listen. The author told the story by interspersing advertisements and past memories and even news articles. There was an undercurrent of man-hating in the storyline and that was a tad uncomfortable. It did go a long way in explaining the conundrum of whether or not bringing men back was a good idea.

I loved the narration!!! This story went into a lot of areas. The narrator had to handle not only different personalities but audio commercials and even AI characters. It was a pleasure to hear all of those entities come to life.

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For Matrix fans

I've listen to this book on Audible. For me it is at the same level as the Matrix film trilogy (if it was a single book).
This story is about a world were men are all dead because of a targeted disease. Its odd new world, were women don't have to work, they pleasure themselves with body massage implants and furniture can be self rearranged in an instant (just to name a few), is amazing. We get a glimpse of that and the events of the past by a serie of diverse shorts at the beginning of each chapter. I have to say: the narrador does a fantastic job at separating those pasts from the story narration. She is very expressive, and I can't imagine this story in any other way. That's why it's so difficult to imagine this book being written by a man. I really felt like being inside a female mind: Athena's mind.
In the end, this book is about what is happiness, what does it means. Is it having a purpose? Or is it pleasure? How about when that pleasure is obtained at the expenses of others... This is the kind of philosophical dilemas that makes this story as good as the Matrix one. Both sides have very good arguments. All this drama is enveloped by more story drama and a great thriller (even a couple of action scenes) so it's perfect for everyone. I do hope this book get's more visibly. It really deserves it!
PS: if you get put off by Athena's odd dreams or the slower pace at the start, hang on. The finale, when everything is explained will be worth it, believe me.

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Love it!

After the Y fever killed off all males, females continued to live on. However, many of them miss the presence of something they have never have. In the future, scientists are trying to reverse the Y-fever, to bring back males, but not everyone wants them to come back. So when Athena Vosh, a teenager in the year 2099, is contacted by the Third Core to help resolve the issue of the missing data, she finds herself in the middle of an interesting dilemma. The fate of mankind lies in her hands. Will she bring them back or let the world move on without them?

I absolutely loved this book. I thought the idea of it, the worldbuilding, and the characters were all phenomenally done. Not only did we get an awesome look of technology in the future, we get to ponder the idea of what would happen to the world if one gender was somehow eliminated. This story had everything that makes a great read—food for thought, suspense, romance, angst, and mystery.

Narration was done in a way that beautifully brought each character to life. Words were clearly enunciated and it was easy to lose myself listening.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Ignore the implausibility and a short time frame

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. I enjoyed this book and it’s concepts. I am rating the book based on ignoring all of the issues and the unlikelihood’s I find in this story. Rating it based on the mystery and intrigue and my overall enjoyment of the book, I’ve put it at a 4/5.

Of course if you delve too deeply into it, there are a lot of unanswered questions… Like how you can lose half the population of the world and within 48 years be more advanced scientifically and socially. To have citizen benefits so that no one has to worry about work or money anymore? How is that possible? How did they create fully automated hydroponic farms, massive wind farms – who did the labor? Who had the knowledge? I don’t think any of that is implausible except for the short timeframe. In fact, I think a society of only women would accomplish all this.
I would think there would be a lot of upheaval- reordering of jobs, issues educating or training more women to take on the previously male held jobs, drastic measures to ensure women would be able to reproduce, struggles for leadership. There would likely be a standstill of a lot of relied upon systems due to the loss of so many people running them. How could they maintain the garbage disposal, energy production, food production, communications, medicine? I imagine the women would move to convene in central locations to make these conveniences available. I think all this could be done, but computer/ robotic enhancements would take more time.
Then again, we are not privy to what scientific advancements were already in place prior to the death of all men. Maybe they already had pills to provide oxygen to your body to prevent lactic acid buildup, implants for sensations, ability to edit genomes?
But I don’t think that’s what this point of this book is- it is to ask the question - if all men disappeared from the world would they truly be missed? Are they an integral part of society or do they prevent social evolution and peace?
Athena, the police officer, the AI, the dreams… they all provide a wonderful mystery that involves the stolen genome, the reason why it was created and why it was stolen. The book ends on a major cliffhanger that makes the reader/listener not think about the mystery and events leading up to the end of the book, but the overall hanging question… are men integral, and if they were gone, should they be brought back?

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Alex Ford ) and I would listen to another. I think she did great giving each character a distinct voice. She does not read with an over animated style. Her style is perfect to make the book seem like it was happening in my head instead of just listening to someone reading to me.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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Great futuristic novel!!

This novel kept me interested from the start! Set in the future where everything is automated & men do not exist, Athena plight makes you really think about human nature & choices. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is in to Sci-fi or futuristic settings!
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Athena"s Choice

Athena Bosch is one of the many women that are left after the y virus wiped out all men. Now the world is in conflict over whether or not men should be brought back. The threat of the y virus is still there and some women can only remember the brutish, violent men from their own pasts. Athena is working with the Chicago police to find the now stolen genome that can bring back men. Captain Bell has her doubts about this untrained girl, but Athena seems to have a unique talent for solving this crime. The two of them are determined to find the missing genome and Athena is curious about the man she keeps seeing in her dreams.
Athena’s Choice is a great read! The world these women have created is not perfect, but there have been vast improvements, that is certain. I really liked the characters, especially Athena and Captain Bell. Nomi kind of got on my nerves, but her part was small so I could tolerate her. Lol
I liked this story and I would love to read more or hear more from this author. I could do without that narrator though. Her voice lacked enthusiasm and the story sounded a bit flat at times. Beyond that the story was really good!
I was given an audio copy for an honest and voluntary review.
I give Athena’s choice 4 stars!

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