Title: Athena’s Choice
Author: Adam Boostrom
Narrator: Alex Ford
What if a stray virus accidentally killed all the men on earth?
of the 2019 National Indie Excellence Award for Visionary Fiction
Winner of the 2019 Maxy Award for Science Fiction
Finalist for the 2019 NIEA for Science Fiction
“A daring book that will stay in readers’ minds long after the final page.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Athena Vosh lives just like any other teenager from the year 2099. She watches reality shows with her friends, eats well, and occasionally wonders to herself: What would life be like if men were still alive?
It has been almost 50 years since an experimental virus accidentally killed all the men on earth. However, a controversial project is currently underway to bring men back. There’s just one catch. The project has been sabotaged.
So begins the award-winning novel, Athena’s Choice. When the police of 2099 are tasked with finding the saboteur, they receive a mysterious command to investigate the otherwise innocuous Athena Vosh. After it becomes clear that the young girl might know more than she lets on, Athena is brought in to participate in the official investigation. Simultaneously, the girl begins to experience a series of cryptic dreams featuring a ruined library and an old book containing the saboteur’s true identity.
As the police close in on their prize, Athena finds herself on a journey of her own. Her clue-filled dreams and incorruptible spirit bring her face-to-face with a pair of forgotten truths about happiness and gender. The world waits to see if men will return as Athena fights a separate battle, culminating in the choice that will define her and others’ lives forever.
“I have spent days thinking of nothing except this book and I can honestly say, without hesitation, that I loved it.” (Mackey S, Macsbooks)
After the Y fever killed off all males, females continued to live on. However, many of them miss the presence of something they have never have. In the future, scientists are trying to reverse the Y-fever, to bring back males, but not everyone wants them to come back. So when Athena Vosh, a teenager in the year 2099, is contacted by the Third Core to help resolve the issue of the missing data, she finds herself in the middle of an interesting dilemma. The fate of mankind lies in her hands. Will she bring them back or let the world move on without them?
I absolutely loved this book. I thought the idea of it, the worldbuilding, and the characters were all phenomenally done. Not only did we get an awesome look of technology in the future, we get to ponder the idea of what would happen to the world if one gender was somehow eliminated. This story had everything that makes a great read—food for thought, suspense, romance, angst, and mystery.
Narration was done in a way that beautifully brought each character to life. Words were clearly enunciated and it was easy to lose myself listening.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.