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. @goodreads
I got this book free through the Kindle First program.
I thought this book was great and it really ticked me off what these people were doing to these girls.
Supposedly, this virus/plague came through and did something to where there were hardly any females born, so this group of jerks in the government (naturally) goes through and nabs all of the baby girls, or young girls they could find and bring them back to the compound. They kill a lot of people that were fighting and protesting against them.
"The Dearth," Penny reads from the chapter heading. "Late in the year two thousand sixteen, a noticeable drop in female births became apparent across the globe. At first it was by only several percent but soon after, in mid-two thousand seventeen, the rate dropped to well below half of the previous year's. By fall of the year two thousand eighteen, despite an unprecedented, scientific undertaking by the National Obstetric Alliance, female births were recorded at less than one in one hundred million.
These girls are kept in this type of mountainside compound for "their protection." Yeah, they are kept in cells and they can't have any contraband, which is books, gum... you know normal stuff. The only thing these girls know is the same stupid book they have to read for class every day about why all of this stuff is going on, rules, blah blah, stuff like that. They have no freedom to leave their cells unless their assigned cleric (young guy usually) takes them out to go to the cafeteria and to walk around to get some exercise. If they act up, they get thrown in solitary. I mean really, these people are supposed to be protecting you.
Supposedly, at your twenty-first birthday you get to go into The Program where you meet up with your parents and are taken to the safe zone. Bwhahahaahah... safe zone.
Like all of the girls believe that, there are not that many of them, but the smart ones are like.. hmmm.. yeah..
Zoey is the main character and I love her. She takes care of another girl named Lily that seems to have a disability, she does the best she can to help her. She has Meeka and Terra as friends too, but as the story begins Terra is being sent to the "SAFE ZONE."
There are a few other girls that are the bad girls and they do some evil things, but we always have those people. There are some really nice guards and clerics and some evil ones.
At one point some things happen to Zoey and she decides she is going to try to break out of this compound.. it's called the ARC (all I could think of when they said that was Advanced Reader Copies)..anyhoo, she does manage to get away and find out some really messed up stuff! These people are evil and cruel and bat-shit nuts!
Zoey makes it to this group of people and they find a way back. Zoey is not going to leave what friends she has left behind to go through what she saw when she was breaking out. She came back ready!
I have to say this was just a very sad situation. So many people died in the book, but certain other ones made it. The very end brought a tear to my eye because that's what I do. There was just so much that was so sad, but still a good book!
I very much enjoyed this book and I look forward to the next one in the series!
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