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The Ultimate Choice [Kindle Edition]

Lisa C Hinsley
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a dystopian near-future, overpopulation has led to a government dedicated to reducing citizen numbers. Suicide is legalised, food is rationed, and reproduction forbidden without permission.

Cassie O’Neil broke the law, she had sex before marriage. She is sentenced to die on the game show, The Ultimate Choice, but when a contestant collapses Cassie takes her chance and runs. Staying alive is hard with no ration card or place to hide. But she is a woman who refuses to die.

"In this impressive novel with a surprisingly unpredictable plot, Cassie O’Neil lives in a distant future, where individuals must obtain government permission for romantic relationships and reproduction. Unfortunately, Cassie meets a man and becomes pregnant without permission. Overpopulation, which has resulted in a lack of food and farmland, has given the government the power to cull citizens. When Cassie is found out, her young son is taken from her and she is told she must either offer herself up to be euthanized on a nationally televised show or sacrifice her son. But Cassie escapes and eventually finds herself an outsider amongst a group of rebels. When a mission goes awry, Cassie and a handful of the rebels, including their leader, are captured--and the only solution is another mission, the price of which may be too high. There are many clever shifts in the narrative, and the story is entertaining and gripping." – Publishers Weekly Review of The Ultimate Choice

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Lisa C Hinsley's career has been varied, working as an architectural technician, a pet sitter, a pharmacy supervisor and most recently a carer/companion for elderly ladies, all the while writing when she can. Born in Portsmouth in 1971, Lisa grew up in England, Scotland, and America. She now lives on the Wirral, in northwest England, with her husband, three children, and four cats.

Lisa's novels Plague and The Ultimate Choice have featured regularly on the UK Amazon bestsellers charts and are now published in the USA by Simon & Schuster.

Twitter: @lisachinsley

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Good 13 May 2011
By Natasha
Format:Kindle Edition
I was a bit skeptical when starting to read this as I was unsure how the story would be developed realisticly but thankfully I found the storyline very gripping and interesting. This is the first book I have read of this type and the characters were protrayed well with an ending which was unexpected but not a disappointment. Well worth 70p and more, a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise 14 April 2011
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I only picked this book as it was a cheap download with a high rating.

I found it to be a totally believable,yet haunting vision of the future and I read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. I throughly enjoyed the realistic ending but would love to have had an epilogue or even a sequel to know what happened to the world next.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing vision of the future 14 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The second book from this author I've read - this one is very different from the last. Reminiscent of Logan's Run from long ago, there are so many 'what if' elements here. This is a vision of life in the future, dominated by population control at all costs, which is disturbing in its realism. Yes, this could happen, and all the concerning because of its authenticity.
The heroine is a beautifully constructed character, immediately bonding with the reader, and there's enough detail to bring the demanding storyline to life. Wonderfully imaginative, well crafted, another fine offering from a talented author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and convincing. 23 Jun. 2011
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Cassie O'Neill had to make a choice; her life or the life of her baby son.

Set in a near future dystopian vision of England where population growth has run out of control, people are starving and food is rationed, this is a very thought provoking novel. Suicide is legalised and in fact encouraged, police patrols search for homeless people at night and get paid a bonus based on how many they euthanise, only those licensed to do so can have children and government propaganda keeps everyone naïve and ignorant of the real scale of the problems.

This is a fast moving full length story that gripped me from the beginning - the "game show" in which Cassie was forced to participate was so well written that it really did seem horrifically and terrifyingly real. The Government's solution to overpopulation is also totally believable in a worst nightmare kind of way!

Kindle presentation is very good with only one or two errors that I noticed and there is good formatting throughout. Even though this is a full length story at almost 4700 Kindle locations, the story gripped me so much that I read the whole book in just two evenings.

Overall: 4 stars - This is a dark and convincing story that is up there with some of the better self published novels I have read. Download the sample and give it a try - I will be surprised if you don't go on to buy the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grim but compelling 12 Feb. 2014
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In a future world where overpopulation is a crime, Cassie must participate in a game show where she decides who will benefit from her forced suicide. Before she makes her selection, she realizes she wants to live, and takes advantage of the pandemonium during an on-air crisis, and runs.

Ms. Hinsley has once again penned a gripping novel of bleak horror as she describes an all-too-real post-apocalyptic future. Her characters are vulnerable but likeable and believable, and her story is well-constructed and beautifully written. She definitely does noir well – building tension and dread through the experiences and choices her characters must face. Another outstanding job – one I’d highly recommend to any thriller/dystopia/noir fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark vision of the future 8 Aug. 2011
By Jaq
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A dark and desperate view of a world where the human population has gotten out of control and the government is willing to do anything to reduce it. At times the main character seems overly naive, but then that itself fits with the world created in this story, where not only the people and food but also information is strictly controlled. Beautifully written, though it could do with a little editing as the odd bit of grammar is missing here and there. Given the current situation in the real world this is a believable and thought provoking story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly addictive 28 Jan. 2012
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Not an original concept, similar themes have been explored before, however once started this book is compelling. Maybe having a female as the protagonist helps, as we wonder about her fate and explore the vulnerabilities all females face in present day society never mind one that is about to implode.
Characterisation is at times weak and interaction between characters is sometimes stereotypical, however this is a book which stays with you. It compels you to the end and as such is a book which I would recommend to anyone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflected my own fears 30 April 2011
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I have just finished reading The Ultimate Choice and I loved it, even though it made me sad. It reflected my own fears about what could possibly happen in the future if we humans continue in the way we are going. It's definitely a book that makes you stop and think. What would you do if faced with such terrible decisions?

I didn't like the cover,though. This would have put me off if I didn't hear about the book first on Amazon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
This book has a great story and a lot of what ifs if this ever were to happen, great short read.
Published 3 months ago by DarnzCzar
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
An easy read, I bought this after enjoying another of Lisa's books (Plague). I must say I enjoyed the first book much more than this one, however this one was good in its own... Read more
Published 13 months ago by NickyM
4.0 out of 5 stars the Ultimate choice
I enjoyed the ultimate choice. I was sorry when I turned to the last page, and it was over.

I will probably read more of Lisa C Hinsley's books and hope they are as... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lyn P
4.0 out of 5 stars My Review
What would you do to save someone you love? What would you do to save your country and your people? Would you make the Ultimate Choice? Read more
Published 21 months ago by Laura Greenwood
1.0 out of 5 stars My ultimate choice was to delete it!
Don't bother, I hated the main character or lack of character. Weak snivelling, pathetic girl. With no logic or sense in her skull aaarrrggghh don't bother with this. Read more
Published on 28 July 2013 by TippyT
4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read
At first I thought this was another "hunger games" type book and thought the focus would be the game. Read more
Published on 20 July 2013 by Tracey D. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically chilling future
Great book, fast paced, I always to read about races against time, hungery people etc. Explores ideas of political fixes to socialogical necessitities. Read more
Published on 19 April 2013 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Only ok
It just didn't do it for me. It probably moved a bit too slow for my taste. Will try to pick it up again sometime.

Published on 22 Mar. 2013 by Grace Sutcliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
I enjoyed this book. It is not my typical genre however I like the way the author portrays the bleak future
Published on 15 Mar. 2013 by Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping dystopian novel
I'm not particularly keen on dystopian novels (though I did enjoy Survivors the tv series) but this gripped me from the word go. Read more
Published on 5 Jan. 2013 by Suchea
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