The Last Girl is a dystopian story taking place in the very near future. In 2017 there is a significant drop in female babies being born with the percentage falling to near one in one hundred million babies rather quickly. Rebels rise up against the government and how they are handling the birth rates.
Several years later we meet Zoey, she is a twenty year old young woman being kept inside a government facility along with a handful of other women. The last in society and hope for the future they are there under the impression that they are being protected until they can help save society. They are told that the virus that had caused the drop in female births had become deadly killing a big portion of the population and that these girls upon their 21st birthday would be led to a safe zone.
The idea behind this book is one that I would normally love to read about. Unfortunately with The Last Girl the more that I read the more that I thought the entire story, setting and plot was full of holes that made a piece of swiss cheese appear solid.
The first section of our story starts in a setting that I’m not personally a fan of so I got off to a rocky start with the book from there. I don’t really like when we have a situation of the character/characters being in any type of asylum/hospital/prison type of setting and then tossing in sadistic treatment on top of it. The girls being supposedly the last in the world you would think they would at least be treated well being kept locked away but there are so many little things that I found irritating and questionable right off the bat such as not even being able to read a book…. why?? Then punishments and things tossed on top didn’t help my interest to grow any. Not to mention that with only six girls we have them divided into half with a mean girl clique against our heroine and her friends, really?? Six women can’t get along?
Then we move into the mid-section of the book where I think great this is going to pick up and I should start liking the story more! Unfortunately that was still not the case. I had a brief moment it looked up but then it just became a bit too far fetched and unbelievable for me to get behind.
Getting to the last section I thought I’d give this a shot to redeem itself a bit with a really great action packed ending. What was I rewarded with? Possibly the worst ending of a book that I recall off the top my head which left me extremely disappointed in the entire novel.
There are plenty of people loving this book but unfortunately I’m not one of them. In the end I would give it 1.5 stars with a half extra star being given simply because I stuck it out until the end but due to all the things I thought were just too ridiculous along the way that hadn’t made a bit of sense to me I can’t go higher. I don’t want to involve spoilers so I will just leave it at that instead of making any arguments against certain specific events.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.