I received this book from Adam and CO in exchange for an honest review.
4 out of 5 Stars
Summary: Athena is just like every other girl living in the year 2099, a year that exists without men due to a outbreak that killed off all men including Trans men and even some woman. It’s been years since men have existed in this world and many people think it’s time to bring them back. There is one problem though, someone stole the genome that was going to help with this process. Athena’s help is enlisted in finding out who stole this genome and through this process she comes to find the truth about things that lead her to a choice that can alter her future forever.
Thoughts: I love all books that deal with a virus, outbreak, disease, contagion, etc. so I expected to love this book just as much as the others. While I enjoyed this book I kind of wanted a little more about this virus in the beginning, like at least a scene to get what actually happened to these men. I like that they include a little more of it the further you get into the book but I still wanted more so that I could feel bad for the men.
The first half of the book takes a while to set everything up but what I was fascinated by was the advanced technology. I love how there’s mock Wikipedia pages included for some of the more important pieces of technology in order to explain how things work. I thought it was cool because if I lived in that time I would be searching to see what these things are, and I liked how some AI systems are described throughout the book.
Something else that I enjoyed was the changes in font that were included throughout the book. It made it so that the transitions were smooth and I was able to follow who was speaking or whose perspective you were reading. It also made it easy to see which portions came from Wikipedia, the government, or the newspaper and that added to the story.
While I really enjoyed this book and the commentary that it makes about the future and technology there was one part that I wasn’t a fan of and that is the ending. I know that the author explains himself in the closing of the book but I still longed for a more conclusive ending. I do understand though that this book was more about what do we decide to do versus what Atena is going to do.
I recommend this to those of you who enjoy Science Fiction or books that are about technology and the consequences that it can have on our lives.
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