Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Source: For Review
Genre: Science Fiction
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 her strength and cunning-but Zoey is ready for war.
**Thank you so much to Wunderkind PR for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**
I am, of course, a massive science fiction fan. That's what intrigued me so much about The Last Girl. The story is about a very-near future, and I completely ate it up.
The Last Girl is about a future where the amount of girls worldwide dwindles. To make it even scarier, it all starts in 2016 and really goes off the edge by 2018, when the chances of a girl being born became one in a million! I know, scary right!? I think that's what makes this book so amazing; it's literally this year and the few years that follow. Just imagine if that actually happened!
Anyway, the story follows a girl named Zoey who lives in the ARC where the women of the world are being kept. They basically stay there until they turn 21, and then they are allowed to go and leave to be reunited with their families. However, Zoey is really skeptical of all of this. She thinks that there is way more to the story as to where the girls go after they turn 21. Luckily, it's almost her turn because she's turning 21 very soon.
One thing worth mentioning about this book is the world-building. I always see reviews where people are upset with the lack of world-building evident in the book, and I just have to say, this is one area that The Last Girl is definitely not lacking in! The reader is immediately emerged into this scary future, from page one. Zoey also attends lessons with the rest of the world, where the reader is given tons of history information about what happened. The way that Hart incorporated the information into the story was excellent, and it added so much to the story as a whole. I was left without any questions as to what the world that Zoey lived in was like, which was so amazing!
I also loved all the rules that were created in this world. I mean sure, they were pretty strange and weird. For example, girls couldn't be left alone with a guy. It was just so creepy to think about! Also, if the girls acted up, they were put into a box which was completely dark and disgusting for days at a time! Another thing that I found to be a really cool element was the idea of each girl having a cleric that watched over them and was basically their protector. Zoey's cleric was Simon, who I really liked.
The Last Girl was a completely one-of-a-kind read that was unlike any other science fiction novels I've read. Plus, it happened in such a near future! The Last Girl is definitely a book that you'll want to preorder, and at the least keep on your radar in the next few months!