I got the Audiobook, Athena’s Choice by Adam Boostrom Narrated by Alex Ford from NetGalley for a fair and honest 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 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 Decided to get Athena’s Choice as the premise of the story sounded really interesting, as to what the world would be like without men. I must say this is one of those plots that sound good to read and the author actually pulls the story into a good read, which is not always the case.
One of the ways that the book gave some background into the world was the use of having Wikipedia pages in the book, which allows the author to put information out in a way that the reader may already get their information from normally.
The only weakness which some readers may feel is that the ending does not tie up all the loose ends when the book. For me I felt that it worked and took the story to a higher level. However if you like books that close everything up just be warned, although the book is still worth reading.
I read this book using an audiobook which was read by Alex Ford, and most of the time I listened, at 1.5 speed and the voice at that speed was still clear.
As an English reader sometimes I find that American accents can lower the enjoyment of the book, however, Alex Ford’s voice allowed me just to concentrate on the story, which is all I want from the Narrators of my audio books.
This was a really fascinating story to read, as it did what all good Sci-Fi novels do, so if you are into books that give you the reader something to think about. Or if you just want a good story to read, Adam Boostrom’s book is one you should read.
In addition the quality of the Narrator makes reading this book, as an audio book, a strong option, however whatever format you use to read your books, you should read Athena’s Choice.
Meet the Writer
Adam Boostrom is a best-selling author and entrepreneur. He formerly attended the University of Chicago as a national merit scholar and currently attends the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Prior to the completion of his award-winning first novel, “Athena’s Choice,” he enjoyed a successful career in bond trading. Today, he works as the CFO for Dispatch Goods, an impact startup he founded along with fellow Berkeley students.
Meet the Narrator
Alex Ford is a professional musician with experience in radio broadcasting.buy from amazon
Comment below if you have read his book or on any sci-fi book that made you think about the real world after finishing it.
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