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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.
©2016 Joe Hart (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kira Moloney on 15-09-2016

It gets better

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!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anna H. on 31-10-2017

I suppose it passes the time

It didn't really do it for me. I couldn't really like any of the characters or feel for them, but in saying that, the story was good enough for me to actually download the second in the series just to see if it does get better. (Mild Spoiler) It didn't really make a lot of sense just why Zoey was hated so much by another girl in the compound and why she waited until she was just about 21 to actually attack her, and that really bugged me. Also, why bother killing the girls that didn't produce girl babies - what's the point of that?

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 13-04-2016

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ruth Ravve on 14-06-2016

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.


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1 out of 5 stars
By Ella on 23-03-2016

Just terrible

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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5 out of 5 stars
By mrs wendy watson on 16-03-2016

Brilliant

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.

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