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#Review: The Final Trade by Joe Hart @AuthorJoeHart

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At the end of The Last Girl,  Zoe and her friends helped her attack the ARC and rescue some of the girls who remained there… but not all of them. Her friends Lily and Terra were killed, as well as Lee’s father, Simon—Zoe’s Cleric when she was imprisoned in the ARC. Zoe nearly died after being shot, and was left temporarily paralyzed from her injury. Worst of all, Lee abandoned her because she was a constant reminder of his father’s death.

In The Final Trade, Zoe has regained the use of her legs and life goes on as usual. While interrogating a NOA spy, she discovers the location of copies of records on all the women formerly held in the ARC. In the pursuit of this precious knowledge, the terrible truth about NOA’s association with the “Fae Trade” comes to light, and Zoe sets her sights on a new mission… to destroy the Fae Trade.

The Final Trade is book two in The Dominion Trilogy series, and there’s never a dull moment in this action-packed sequel. The story is told from the perspective of Zoe, as well as that of a mysterious woman called Wen, who travels with the Fae Trade as a cook. While Zoe plots the destruction of the Trade, Wen and her friend are planning their escape. Both sides of the story were equally compelling, and when the two merged, it set the stage for an explosive reveal that slowly built from the beginning of the book.

The evil specter of NOA takes a backseat to the Fae Trade this time around. Ingloriously repulsive and chilling in its purpose, Hart does an excellent job of portraying the depravity of the Trade without going too far.

With intense situations and thrilling action sequences alongside moments of raw emotion,  The Final Trade makes for a powerful read that will have you clamoring for the final book of the trilogy. Highly recommended for readers of dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels.

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

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Author: Joe Hart

Title: The Final Trade

Series: The Dominion Trilogy #2

Genre: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic

Published: September 13th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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About the Book

The thrilling sequel to the runaway bestseller The Last Girl.

Zoey is not the woman she once was. She’s watched her friends die at the hands of their captors, been hunted, and returned from the brink of death. Now she must find the truth about who she is.

In search of the family she never knew, Zoey learns of personal records stored in an Idaho missile silo that may contain the information she and the other women seek. With the help of her group of newfound friends, Zoey travels to the missile facility, but among the records, they uncover information that leads to an insidious and horrific new foe: the Fae Trade, a macabre carnival of slavery and pain.

Zoey’s journey into the darkest parts of the human psyche brings her perilously close to the ever-thinning line between good and evil, and the final cost in her quest for justice might be her own humanity.

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About the Author

Author Joe Hart
Author Joe Hart

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 http://www.joehartbooks.com.

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Review: The Last Girl by Joe Hart

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A virus caused female births to be almost nonexistent worldwide, and brought about the creation of the National Obstetric Alliance, the purpose of which is to find a cure and restore the female birth rate. The NOA actively searches for baby girls, bringing them to the Advance Research Compound, or ARC, in order to keep them safe and teach them about their important purpose in life.

Zoey has lived in the ARC her entire life, her every move constantly monitored by security cameras and guards. She feels like a prisoner and is determined to escape… somehow. A terrifying situation morphs into an opportunity for escape, but danger lurks around every corner and the freedom she wants so badly will come at a  terrible cost.

I enjoyed this novel very much. A world populated almost completely with men and boys would be a very frightening place for women and girls, and Hart does an excellent job of maintaining an undercurrent of danger in every situation, including the mundane. This is the first in a trilogy of novels, so the end of the book leaves several unanswered questions, but they were the right questions, in my opinion. I’m looking forward to reading more of Zoey’s story in the next book.

If you enjoy reading dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels, I think you’ll like this one. I certainly did!

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

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Author: Joe Hart

Title: The Last Girl

Series: Dominion Trilogy #1

Genre: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic

Published: March 1st 2016 by Thomas & Mercer

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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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.

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About the Author

Author Joe Hart
Author Joe Hart

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 http://www.joehartbooks.com.

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Review: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

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In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

 


 

This is the best zombie apocalypse book I’ve read, so far. Highly recommended to other readers who enjoy this type of book! I’m looking forward to reading book two in the series.

 

Author: Jonathan Maberry

Title: Rot & Ruin

Series: Rot & Ruin #1

Published: September 14, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★★

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This (brief) review was originally posted on Goodreads on December 20, 2014.

 

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Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.


Excellent book! Lots of things going on in this one. It ended with one heck of a cliffhanger, too. Wow…

Sorry for the briefness of this review, but I’ve already begun reading book three, Mockingjay, and don’t want to inadvertently reference something that happened in that book, and not this one.

This has quickly become one of my favorite series of all time… I can’t recommend it enough!

Author: Suzanne Collins

Title: Catching Fire

Series: The Hunger Games #2

Published: 9/1/2009 by Scholastic Press

Rating: ★★★★★ – BOOK WORTH READING

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This review was originally published on Goodreads on May 2, 2012.

 

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Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.


The first thing I want to say is this: If you have not yet read this book… if all the hype surrounding it has caused you to lose any interest you may have had in reading it, if you consider it a book that only kids would like, or if you think this book isn’t a good fit for your personal reading preferences? Forget about all of that stuff, right now. Do yourself a favor, and READ THIS BOOK. It doesn’t matter what your genre preference is. It doesn’t matter that the main characters are teenagers. If that makes you think you won’t be able to connect with these characters, trust me when I tell you that it’s not going to matter. Not even a little bit. This is a truly a book worth reading.

I’m going to be honest here and say that, due to all the hype about it, I really didn’t expect to like this book. In fact, the more I heard about how great it was, the more convinced I became that it couldn’t possibly be something that I would enjoy. And I probably wouldn’t have read it, had my son not borrowed it from the library, not for himself to read, but for me. Not wanting to disappoint him, I promised to read it, expecting all the while that I would get bored with it before I’d even finished chapter one.

I’ve never been more pleased to be proven wrong in all my life.

I was drawn into the story without realizing how or when it happened. This is a book where the story flows so smoothly, so easily, you simply don’t want to put it down. It’s difficult to describe why this is so without mentioning spoilers, and that’s something I definitely do not want to do here. I knew almost nothing about this book when I began reading it… but for a single detail (which I won’t mention here), and I wish I hadn’t known even that much because it ruined the emotional impact it might have had on me if I had not known it was coming.

So, the best way I can illustrate how incredibly good this book was, is to say this: I didn’t put it down until I finished reading the entire book. If I’d had a copy of Catching Fire available to me, I would have started reading that one immediately upon finishing this one. The story is just that good. And while I would normally recommend a book only to fans of a specific genre or author, I am recommending this book to everyone. Young/old, male/female… it doesn’t matter. This is a book that can easily appeal to just about anyone.

Author: Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games

Series: The Hunger Games #1

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Rating: ★★★★★

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This review was originally published on Goodreads on April 23, 2012.