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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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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 24-07-2018

One of the most depressing book series...

I can't recommend this series. I'm finishing the last book because I wanted to know what happen but its taken me two years to muscle up the will power. If you love death, despair and destruction repeated over and over with the author dangling shards of hope like carrot only to shatter that hope with more of the Triple Ds, then you might like these books.

I've only been able to take these books in small doses with mental sanity breaks and not because I'm not a fan of end of world novels. I am. I've been left with a feeling of being depressed every single time I resume them. There's a line between writing hard reality and balancing it with the will to live and this author fails to do that for me.

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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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3 out of 5 stars
By Joy on 05-03-2016

Had potential but it was lacking in clarity

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.

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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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