The canvas is huge: a world only one generation removed from our own, changed and ruined on the scale of Children of Men or even Mad Max. But the reader sees it through the limited perspective of one fierce woman, Zoey, who has been isolated under government “protection” all her life. I couldn’t turn away as she struggles to reconcile the propaganda she’s been fed with the dark reality at the edges of her vision.
Zoey has a choice to make: truth or safety. She has nothing to call her own: no real education, no family, not even a last name. But she does have an inner strength that drives her to fight for knowledge rather than settle for the false security of believing what she’s told. The Last Girl gives us a thrilling and terrifying glimpse of what it looks like when leaving everything behind is better than clinging to comfortable lies.
- Kjersti Egerdahl, Editor