The Last Girl

The Last Girl

by Joe Hart

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ISBN-13: 9781503952089
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Series: Dominion Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 371
Sales rank: 321,910
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Joe Hart was born and raised in northern Minnesota. Having dedicated himself to writing horror and thriller fiction since the age of nine, he is now the author of eight novels that include The River Is Dark, Lineage, and EverFall. The Final Trade is book two in the highly acclaimed Dominion Trilogy, which once again showcases Hart’s knack for creating breathtaking, futuristic thrillers.

When not writing, he enjoys reading, exercising, exploring the great outdoors, and watching movies with his family. For more information on his upcoming novels and access to his blog, visit www.joehartbooks.com.

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The Last Girl 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
NikkisNovelNiche More than 1 year ago
So happy I stumbled across this book. Let me start off by saying that this is a genre (science fiction, dystopian) that I normally despise so I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. "As of today we don't have any solid factual data or numbers to speak of concerning the phenomena." The book follows Zoey, a 20-year old girl, who is one of seven girls living in a research facility after the world's female population inexplicably begins declining. For 25 years, scientists have been unable to determine why women are unable to give birth to a female baby. "I don't know what's after induction, but it's not what they say. It's all a lie" Throughout their time in the facility, the girls are raised knowing that on their 21st birthday, they will go through their Induction and be reunited with the families they were taken away from as children. All of the girls look forward to this date with the exception of Zoey who has become skeptical of the system and the people in it. "We are of the greater good. We live for the chance to rebuild the world that is no longer." I spent a good portion of my time reading this book feeling disgusted with its themes, but these themes are important to the plot and my disgust was due in no part to Mr. Hart's narrative. The girls are treated as objects in a science experiment instead of as women. They are told when they can eat, shower, dress, sleep, exercise and work. Their days follow a strict schedule and each girl is escorted and watched over by their own cleric (aka, guard). They are unable to experience anything outside the walls of the research facility and are held to a strict set of rules and live in fear of punishment if they should violate these rules. "Even when all seemed lost, he continued on. And that's what we all must do if we want to survive" From the beginning you see Zoey begin an internal struggle with her conscience between adhering to these rules and her longing for freedom and a better life. At the same time, she does not want her freedom if it means leaving behind the girls she has become close with in the facility. I found this aspect of the book to be very interesting and spent a lot of time questioning what I would do in this same situation. Zoey is very likable and relatable and I found myself rooting for her in each plot twist. Every turn of the page finds her becoming more resilient and cunning. It's refreshing to have a female heroine as so many books take the easy way out and have the girls being saved by their knight in shining armor. "There are prisons of all kinds, Zoey, they take every shape imaginable.They aren't just concrete, and steel, and stone. They're everywhere." The only con to this book is the fact that I loved it and now I have to add two more books to my to-read list in order to finish this trilogy! Disclaimer: I received this book from NetGalley in return for my honest and unbiased opinion.
JodyLaDueMcGrath1 More than 1 year ago
Zoey is a female. One of the last of her sex. A plague has turn the world on its head when only baby boys are born, no baby girls. Zoey has been raised in a government stronghold, built to protect these females. At the beginning of the story there are 7 girls and one woman teacher. The compound is ran like a prison. They are not allowed anything we would think of as luxuries, like books and gum. They have to read the government sanctioned book aloud in class. When they get to the end, they start over at the beginning. Supposedly, when a girl turns 21, she gets to leave the compound and meet with her parents at a safe place. Zoey doesn't buy it. When things get more dire for Zoey, she escapes, but she cannot leave her friends behind. She is going to rescue them if it is the last thing she does. The book starts off really strong. I liked the idea of the compound and the brainwashing of these girls. It was a great dystopian horror. Some of the things were a bit off though, but I chose to ignore them. I liked the character of Zoey. She was kind and tough at the same time. She does what she has to to survive, even though she feels the weight of it on her soul. There are othercharacters that give traits to Zoey. One girl is named Lily, who has some sort of mental handicap, maybe Down syndrome, and Zoey took care of her. Lily is innocence. Meeka is Zoey's best friend and always has her back. Meeka is strength. Simon is Zoey's Cleric, which is kind of a personal guard. Simon is love. After Zoey gets out of the complex, things get harder and harder for her. She is running, but she doesn't know where to. She is seriously injured and going in and out of consciousness. Finally she meets an old man and a dog. She has approached people before, but now she knows she will die without help. This is how she meets Ian. Ian is acceptance. The plot gets a little harder to believe here. It just falls into place to smoothly. But, I do love dystopian fiction though, so I suspended my disbelief. There was a lot of death and tears and horrors, but the end was just waiting for the next book in the series. I liked this book. It was a quick read with good pacing. Like I said, there was some things that happened that were just to coincidental. The story was strong enough to not necessarily overlook them, but to put them aside for the sake of a good story. Not a bad book, but it could've better, but I really did enjoy it. I am already wanting the second one in the series. I would tell all my dystopian loving friends out there to give it a read! * I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Haziegaze More than 1 year ago
First off, I have to say that I am not a huge fan of post-apocalyptic books but I was drawn to this as I have read some of Mr Hart’s work before and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The story, as the blurb describes, is set in the not too distant future where female births are as rare as rocking horse poo! The solution, thought to be the best idea by scientists, is to take girls from their families and house them in a highly fortified complex where they are kept until they turn 21 at which point they go through a door to a place where they are told they will be reunited with their family. One girl, Zoey, has her doubts and so begins her plan to escape and to find out just what is through the door and on the other side of the walls. For me, I felt it took a bit too long to get to the real ‘page-turning’ stage and there were a few plot holes that I struggled to overlook with the major one being why are they treating these girls/women so poorly when they are a rare and important “commodity” that should be pampered and cared for; if they are the only potential future mothers of the world, they need to know how to be a mother. Despite this, the way the book is written draws you in; the characters are interesting and complex especially Zoey - she is one tough cookie! There is tension and atmosphere aplenty with action and suspense. Overall, a good read which I think is aimed at young adults and even though I’m far from one of them, I would be interested in seeing where the story goes in the next installment. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Thomas & Mercer, for providing me with an e-copy in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Muttcafe More than 1 year ago
The Last Girl has an interesting premise. Women are scarce and no female babies have been born for almost a generation. Zoey is amongst a small number of young women kept in a fortress and told they are the only hope for the world. Like most dystopian novels, the villains of this piece (the NOA) are the worst of the worst. The girls have scarcely any education, live a prisoner's life, and are placed in isolation where they are tortured in retaliation for any rule breaking. If that isn't enough, Hart throws in lecherous and abusive guards. To avoid falling into the YA category, Hart places the girls on the cusp of adulthood. They don't "graduate" until they are 21. In theory it's because the women are most fertile at 21, though the eggs are harvested and gestation is in tanks. Oh and to make the bad guys extra bad they kill the women who can't give birth to a female. Zoe escapes after several brutal and violent confrontations. As you expect, she meets a group of allies that allow her to strike back at those who imprisoned her and rescue some of the others. The writing was mediocre. At parts, particularly in the beginning it was awkward. It did improve as the novel progressed, but on the whole the novel dragged on far longer than it needed to. Despite its flaws and numerous inconsistencies, I am certain fans of dystopian novels will enjoy The Last Girl. While it isn't a great novel, it gives audiences what they want - a sordid story, evil villains, and a girl who triumphs despite the odds. 3/5 I received a copy of The Last Girl from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. -- Crittermom
BasingstoneBook More than 1 year ago
Not exactly, Zoey is not the last girl but could be. Very slow off the mark, not happening for the first part of the book except describing the daily routine that is Zoey's life. It is only when she begins to question things does it start to come alive. The world is sent into disarray by a mystery virus/bacteria that affects women's ability to produce female babies. Zoey is a "guest" of a government establishment trying to find a solution to this problem and slowly she wonders if she is being mislead about the world outside. The author had a good storyline and failed to get it started quickly enough otherwise I would have rated it higher than three stars. Just be patient it does get going.
BookFidelity More than 1 year ago
I'm rather on the fence about this one, readers. On one hand, it was an interesting concept that centered around the reduction of female infant births - very sci fi. However, it is definitely a slow read that did not fully satisfy me with its characters. There were some twists and it did have me interested, but I did not feel compelled to keep going with the story. I should also mention that I am a little biased in that I don't like many dystopian books. I have to truly care about the characters in order to really enjoy a dystopian novel. I need to also make it a point to say that one of the major reasons I could not enjoy this story is because it confused me. In a world where women/girls are surviving less and less - why would those who do survive be treated harshly? Should they not be treated like a nearly extinct species? And, granted, this story is not realistic - but in dystopian stories it should feel like it COULD be real - and I just didn't get that from this read.