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The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy) Paperback – March 1, 2016
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Zoey is almost 21, but she isn't looking forward to leaving the ward and going to the Safe Zone to meet her parents. She's been held in the prison her entire life, along with a few other girls who disappear after the coming-of-age ceremony. The National Obstetric Alliance is protecting the young girls while researching the epidemic that causes nearly all babies to be born male. Zoey isn't sure what she's doing, but she escapes, finding refuge with rebels in the woods surrounding the compound. Quickly, she learns the truth of her world and government and plots revenge. Zoey and her new friends must break into the compound and rescue the other female prisoners. Readers will have to suspend disbelief—Zoey is inexplicably skilled at everything she attempts in the outside world—but the action is fast-paced, and the book is a quick read. VERDICT Purchase for libraries where teens are still clamoring for dystopian series.—Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL
“What if there were only 1,000 women left on the planet? This is the conceit of The Last Girl, and it’s the kind of premise I live for. Part Children of Men, part The Count of Monte Cristo for the modern age, Joe Hart has written a rapturous, thought-provoking, impossible-to-put-down thriller that is destined to become the first BIG BOOK of 2016.” —Blake Crouch, bestselling author of The Wayward Pines Trilogy
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On top of that the situation of the heroine, did not make any sense. The premise: too few female babies are being born thus the female population has been reduced to drastically low numbers. Thus the few remaining female infants are gathered up and raised in puritanical prison conditions with severe punishments if they ask questions. Huh? If anything shouldn't they be treated like goddess with every last effort made toward their emotional health and wellbeing? The heroine has lived her life there and yet she describes the prison water as so pure it lacks all taste. How would she know?! She's never tasted anything else! There are only a handful of other girls left in this prison and yet they're incredibly catty to one another (oh, except for our heroine, who is of course a saint). First of all, this is a learned behavior. Where did they learn it? And secondly, this is a cop out on the author's part. Instead of investing time on actually developing the main character in thoughts, actions, and feelings that would let the reader get to know her and like her in and of herself, he just added a scene with mean girls picking on an outcast and let the main character show some pitiful token defense so that the reader knows that our heroine is the "good girl."
Note to male authors: women can and very often do form very strong, healthy, and supportive relationships with one another and elevating your female protagonist by juxtaposing her next to catty, mean girls is taking the cheap way out. If your heroine is insufficiently characterized to stand out on her own merits, you have done her and your female readers a disservice.
In summary, don't waste your time with this book. There are too many good books out there that are really worth the read.
Second, (spoilers contained from here on out) there are so many plot gaps it's ridiculous. The evil people who have no respect for the women beyond breeding stock respect them enough to wait till they are 21 years old before having them have children? The little girl who has never been allowed to do any other exercises than walk can out run Special Forces? Although they teach her nothing but rhetoric with no science or technology and never trains her to do nothing but laundry, she suddenly is very capable with loading, unloading and accurately firing semi and fully automatic weapons. She even comments on the use of rifle semi to auto selector switches (actually calling them selector switches). And when she turns into Jason Bourne and escapes her captors and roving bands, but gets injured, she just happens upon one of 12 people in the world that would help her. Which of course didn't spot her but could spot a guy following him in the woods 200 yards off.
Absolutely worst book ever.
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