Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy), The

Joe Hart
A mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 percent to less than 1 percent. Medical science and governments around the world scramble in an effort to solve the problem, but twenty-five years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than a thousand 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.


Reviewed: 2016-08-26

It was a great premise, a plague destroying the birth rate of one gender over another. Supposedly an organization steps in to save mankind using the last living girls to find a cure, and horrible dystopian lifestyles ensue. I was intrigued by the idea and its originality, as I can't think of a similar situation happening in any other books that I have read. Beyond the great premise and originality the story seemed to fall apart, dropping it down to a 2 star rating, one I had to drudge through to the finish. 

The narration slowed the story down. At some points it seemed to be a step by step description of everything that Zoey was seeing, but I think most readers could easily understand the clinical settings without having to devote that much time describing every square inch of the hallways while you are trying to build excitement for the big escape scene. The slow nature of the story telling continued throughout the rest of the book. It never really seemed to find a flow that kept me wanting to read more.

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