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The Ultimate Choice [Kindle Edition]

Lisa C Hinsley
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a dystopian near-future, overpopulation has led to a government dedicated to reducing citizen numbers. Suicide is legalised, food is rationed, and reproduction forbidden without permission.

Cassie O’Neil broke the law, she had sex before marriage. She is sentenced to die on the game show, The Ultimate Choice, but when a contestant collapses Cassie takes her chance and runs. Staying alive is hard with no ration card or place to hide. But she is a woman who refuses to die.

"In this impressive novel with a surprisingly unpredictable plot, Cassie O’Neil lives in a distant future, where individuals must obtain government permission for romantic relationships and reproduction. Unfortunately, Cassie meets a man and becomes pregnant without permission. Overpopulation, which has resulted in a lack of food and farmland, has given the government the power to cull citizens. When Cassie is found out, her young son is taken from her and she is told she must either offer herself up to be euthanized on a nationally televised show or sacrifice her son. But Cassie escapes and eventually finds herself an outsider amongst a group of rebels. When a mission goes awry, Cassie and a handful of the rebels, including their leader, are captured--and the only solution is another mission, the price of which may be too high. There are many clever shifts in the narrative, and the story is entertaining and gripping." – Publishers Weekly Review of The Ultimate Choice


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"In this impressive novel with a surprisingly unpredictable plot, Cassie O'Neil lives in a distant future, where individuals must obtain government permission for romantic relationships and reproduction. Unfortunately, Cassie meets a man and becomes pregnant without permission. Overpopulation, which has resulted in a lack of food and farmland, has given the government the power to cull citizens. When Cassie is found out, her young son is taken from her and she is told she must either offer herself up to be euthanized on a nationally televised show or sacrifice her child. But Cassie escapes and eventually finds herself an outsider amongst a group of rebels. When a mission goes awry, Cassie and a handful of the rebels, including their leader, are captured--and the only solution is another mission, the price of which may be too high. There are many clever shifts in the narrative, and the story is entertaining and gripping." - Publishers Weekly Review

"This is a dark and convincing story that is up there with some of the better self published novels I have read. Download the sample and give it a try - I will be surprised if you don't go on to buy the book!" - Shaun Horrigan, AMAZON VINE VOICE and TOP 500 REVIEWER           

"This is a unique take on a Dystopian Future. Her take on near-future London is gray and bleak, but has an underlying current of humor and irony. It's a well thought out world and I enjoyed reading this. I'll simply say that reading Lisa Hinsley's work has caused me to think twice about summarily dismissing self-published Kindle authors." - Dena M Martin, AMAZON VINE VOICE

About the Author

Lisa C Hinsley's novel The Ultimate Choice has had an astounding run, peaking as the 14th overall bestselling sci-fi Kindle book on Amazon.com. Her novel What Alice Sees was a runner-up in the 2010 UKA Opening Pages Competition and placed in the May Best Sellers Charts on Arts Council website YouWriteOn. An earlier novel Coombe's Wood finished in the semi-finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2009 and was awarded runner up in the all-genre Book of the Year Awards 2008 on YouWriteOn. Now listed on Amazon Kindle, Coombe's Wood has sold many thousands of copies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TXMT80
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dystopia Pleasure June 11, 2011
By nadine
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read a few dystopian novels over the years, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaids Tale and George Orwell's, 1984 among my favourites. The opening scenes of this novel however are reminiscent of a film called The Running Man, an Arnold Schwarzenegger film from the 80's, but it didn't take long to see this was something quite different.

We meet Cassie O'Neil on the game show The Ultimate Choice. She has had a child in a time when the world is overpopulated and has made the unenviable but expected choice to give up her life for her son Jack.

Of cause if things ended there we would have no story so Cassie sees her chance to escape and takes it. On her journey to a better life, all the while dreaming of Jack, a life and son she will never know, we see a world starving, a controlled media and rebels holding out hope they can have a family on their own terms.

Throughout Cassie's journey I was right there with her, afraid of assault, cold, hungry, tired, hopeful. There were times I was infuriated by her innocence while in such a bleak landscape, but that's what happens when you are drawn in and want to protect this fragile yet resilient character that you have come to care for.

This is not a feel good story and it does ask and bravely answer the ultimate question. You will have to read the book to find out what that question is.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read! April 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying that I don't generally read self-published books and since I don't see any publisher's info, I'm making the assumption that this is one. If not, I apologize.

The author posted a link on one of the Kindle forums along with a brief description and, since I liked the plot summary, I downloaded the sample.

In spite of the fact that it was self-published and the fact that I did NOT like the cover art, I was pleasantly surprised.

This is a unique take on a Dystopian Future. I think the author's plot summary stands for itself, so I won't repeat it here.

Her take on near-future London is gray and bleak, but has an underlying current of humor and irony. It's a well thought out world and I enjoyed reading this.

I'll simply say that reading Lisa Hinsley's work has caused me to think twice about summarily dismissing the 99 cent self-published Kindle authors.

I still hate the cover (Sorry, but it has Nothing to do with the book!) and the book can use a little tightening here and there, but I'm glad to have discovered this one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I would Die for you June 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Another great book from Lisa Hinsley a very dark look into what could be. An adventure with many twist and turns as Cassie discover smallest pleasures left in life. Will she make the Ultimate Choice? so others can live a better life."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story line, terrible editing September 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book has an excellent story line, complete with interesting characters and non-stop action. I did enjoy it.

Why only 3 stars? Frankly, the editing is terrible (or non-existent). Bad syntax, very bad spell check ("wondering" down the street, rather than "wandering", for example) and sentences that run on and on and on and on.

That said, I tried to put the book away twice, from frustration, but the plot kept pulling me back to see what happened. And, I must say, I was not disappointed by the surprising end to the story.

Lisa, PLEASE get a good editor - it will take your books from good to fantastic! Your imagination deserves better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strang story November 2, 2011
By Basil
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am giving this 5 starts because this author really knows how to tell a good story. I have never in my almost 70 years heard of "dystopian" novels, so I had to google it. I feel better knowing that there was a real category for these books, otherwise I was feeling that I stumbled down the "rabbit hole."

Other reviews tell what the story is about, so I will save space and go another direction. This has nothing to do with the supernatural; but the author does make the unbelievable BELIEVABLE. That is what a good author can do. Every page was important to the rest of the story, and there were no paragraphs that needed skimming over to get to the good part. When I put my Kindle to sleep for the night, the next morning I could remember what I was reading about. In fact, it rather haunts a person.

I am glad that I read this, but honestly it isn't my "cup of tea." I guess now at my age I prefer the warm fuzzy stories, and this one was intense from the first page to the last; it NEVER stopped!! It deserves 5 stars regardless of my cringing, as I truly want this author to be successful. She has put a lot of work into her writing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down August 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Just had to leave a quick review to say: BUY this book! If you're looking for a happily ever after, stay away. However, if you can deal with the dark, dreary and action-packed world of the Ultimate Choice, you will love this and will not want to stop reading.
Cassie, the heroine is naive and good-hearted. I was rooting for her the whole way. I'm not sure if she made the right decision at the end so I can't wait to tell my friends about the book so that we can discuss it.
Buy this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read August 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I passed this book up for a few days, not sure if it was the cover (I know-I'm shallow). I'm really glad I decided to read it. In fact, I stayed up all night to finish. The subject matter- world famine, government controlled everything- could easily translate to a television or even a big-screen script. Kind of hoping for a sequel, maybe with the survivors and their children, and how they cope with the aftermath... What do you think, Ms. Hinsley?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good deal!
Published 3 months ago by joe beran
4.0 out of 5 stars Mouser
Very very good, I couldn't put down the book! Def a must read for anyone.... Strongly suggest you try it...
Published 8 months ago by Mouser
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate choice
This was a short story and very well done. I read it straight through. I'd read more by this author.
Published 21 months ago by Laney Kimball
5.0 out of 5 stars A scary prediction
The plot of this book is reminiscent of 1984, the Hunger Games series and other books of the dystopian genre. Read more
Published on January 31, 2013 by Laura A. Larkin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
I bought the Kindle Edition from Amazon.co.uk.

The premise of this book is superb, well thought-out and chillingly believable. Read more
Published on October 5, 2012 by Fantasy & Horror Fiction Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit gloomy but very good indeed
As the author states herself, there's no Disney ending here. The story is mostly dark and heavy, with a very good pace and suspense that kept me reading whenever I could. Read more
Published on September 24, 2012 by JDullens
4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak Tale Of The Future
This is a bleak tale of the future that is written well and leaves a lasting impression. Cassie O'Neil lives in the Britain of the future. Read more
Published on August 29, 2012 by William E. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars A steal at the price I paid
This novel, reminiscent of Handmaids Tale, is worth a lot more than its 99 cent kindle price tag. The author successfully creates a believable and well constructed dystopia... Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by IamOneill
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable
this was the first book i bought on my kindle and i loved it. the choices we take for granted, the freedom to make our life what we want, the world in this book is so opposite of... Read more
Published on June 2, 2012 by JuggaletteJAM
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately not as good as the premise
Since I enjoyed Hinsley's horror novel, Coombe's Wood, I had confidence in her abilities with a science-fiction tale like The Ultimate Choice. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Gary Ballard
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More About the Author

Lisa C Hinsley's career has been varied, working as an architectural technician, a pet sitter, a pharmacy supervisor and most recently a carer/companion for elderly ladies, all the while writing when she can. Born in Portsmouth in 1971, Lisa grew up in England, Scotland, and America. She now lives on the Wirral, in northwest England, with her husband, three children, four cats and a dog.

Lisa's novels Plague and The Ultimate Choice have featured regularly on the UK Amazon bestsellers charts and are published in the USA by Simon & Schuster.

Website: www.lisahinsley.weebly.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaHinsley.author
Twitter: @lisachinsley

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