Monday, February 8, 2016
The Last Girl by Joe Hart
I received this for free thanks to my Prime Amazon account and Kindle First Reads.
In 2016, female birthrates reduced significantly. In the following years they continue to reduce until only one female is born in 100 million births. What has caused this? No one truly knows why. It is suggested that a virus has caused the reduction in female births.
The heart of our story starts with Zoey who is about to turn 21. Zoey has lived in a facility that houses females to keep them safe from the unknown virus. These precious females have been taught that they are helping humanity---how much is a life worth? This has been drilled into them from their beginning. Sacrifices must be made for the greater cause.
Zoey isn't sure that what the facility's director says about where a female goes when they turn 21 is quite true. She questions many things that are the norm for herself and the others. Zoey wants to leave before she turns 21, but how is she going to escape?
This story intrigued me. How does humanity survive without females? I appreciate the world that Joe Hart created--one that is realistic if this were to happen. I found the book to be full of action once it truly got started. Now after saying that, I found there to be excessive killing that did not have to happen to tell the story. Also, I had to overlook the fact that a young, sheltered girl that could not have been very strong could accomplish some of things that she did. I cannot really elaborate without spoiling the plot.
The ending was one that allows you to know that there will be a second book which is wonderful as I want to know what happens to the characters.
I rated this book a 4/5 stars. I had to dock a star due to some of the unbelievable feats of Zoey. I do recommend this book if you can overlook some little details.