Goodreads Blurb: 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 all her strength and cunning—but Zoey is ready for war.
My Musings: Phew what a wild ride. I am a huge Dystopian/ Post apocalyptic fan so of course I really enjoyed this. Zoey was a great protagonist, and the moral quandaries in this book were absolutely insane! I loved the idea of what would happen if women could no longer produce female babies, what the government did was pretty realistic in my opinion.
The suspense in this story was right on point, and I was on the edge of my seat for a lot of moments. There was only one moment where I felt like the story had over the top drama, but for the most part this book was an engaging look into humanities response when pushed to the brink. I look forward to the next book in the series! 4/5
Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.