The First City by Joe Hart


NB: If you haven’t read the first two books in this series, please be aware this review will contain spoilers for those books.

In The First City, the third and final book in The Dominion Series, we come to the end of Zoey’s story. Her fight has become even more crucial when she watches a video message informing her she has an unborn daughter back at the ARC… and is told she might hold the key to the survival of mankind. Unwilling to risk the lives of her friends, she sets off alone, traveling to Seattle in search of answers. What she finds is danger from both old and new threats, unexpected reunions, and—finally—the long-sought answer to who she is.

This is a fantastically satisfying wrap-up to the trilogy, and I enjoyed it immensely. There were no loose ends left dangling, and the resolution of each character’s journey always seemed fitting.

I’ve read several books in this genre, and this trilogy ranks highly as one of the best of them. I thought the basis of the trilogy—female births almost nonexistent, and the resulting consequences of that—to be a unique take on a dystopian society; an approach that (as far as I know) had not been done before. It created an even more frantic sense of impending doom, with the very real possibility that the human race could eventually die out. The way people reacted to this catastrophe—bringing out the worst, rather than the best in them—also felt like something that could easily happen in such a world.

If you’re a fan of this genre, you should give this trilogy a read. I think you’ll enjoy it, as a whole, as much as I did.

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Thomas & Mercer via Netgalley.

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Author: Joe Hart
Title: The First City
Series: The Dominion Trilogy #3
Genre: Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic
Published: March 28th 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
Rating: 4 stars

About the Book

In the thrilling conclusion to Joe Hart’s Dominion Trilogy, Zoey discovers who she truly is—and who she must become.

Zoey has only ever known a world with few women and a society capable of unimaginable evil. Now she’s about to learn she may be the only hope it has for salvation.

After she and her companions flee a vicious attack, barely escaping with their lives, Zoey finds herself faced with a new threat: video evidence suggesting she is the mother of an unborn baby girl—and the key to mankind’s survival. Knowing that her former captors will stop at nothing to control the power that lies within her, Zoey sets out on her own for the last American city, Seattle, in search of answers. But a new enemy awaits her there, and the truth she seeks may lead to her destruction as well as that of all humankind.

This stunning finale, hailed by bestselling author Blake Crouch as a “rapturous, thought-provoking, [and] impossible-to-put-down thriller,” begs us all to consider what we would do when asked to choose between humanity’s survival—and our own.

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About the Author

JOE HART was born and raised in northern Minnesota. Having dedicated himself to writing horror and thriller fiction since the tender age of nine, he is now the author of nine novels, including The River Is Dark, Lineage, EverFall, and the first two books in the Dominion Trilogy, on which this graphic novel is based. 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


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