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- File Size: 608 KB
- Print Length: 217 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004TXMT80
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
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!
Cassie, as a character, veers from being likeable and sympathetic to being quite frustrating and selfish (whether this is intentional or not is hard to tell) At points within the book, I found myself wishing that she wouldn't say or do certain things however this could be a clever plot on the author's part to illustrate how inexperienced Cassie is when confronted with life outside of the world she is used to.
The plot is certainly inttriguing and poses difficult moral questions about how you, as a reader, would feel about the situations that Cassie (and the UK government) finds itself in. Unfortunately, this kind of future is not so far removed from reality, bearing in mind the over-population of Earth and the difficulties we already have in producing enough food.
To address some of the negative points, I found some of the plot turns too unrealistic (I can only suspend my disbelief for so long) and it felt like the plot points were being introduced because the author could not think of what else to write.
The novel felt like it lost its way in the last third and I wasn't enthused to continue. Unfortunately, I found the finale to be quite an anti-climax despite the ethical questions it asks of the reader.
I would recommend "The Ultimate Choice" to read if only for the interesting concept and perhaps not for the style or beauty of the writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as an intriguing a story as normal from this good author. I felt that the plot line was a bit predictable.Published 11 months ago by TVR-Andy
This book has a great story and a lot of what ifs if this ever were to happen, great short read.Published 16 months ago by DarnzCzar
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 morePublished on 27 Jun. 2014 by NickyM
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. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2014 by mountainmama
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
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 morePublished on 24 Oct. 2013 by Laura Greenwood
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 morePublished on 28 July 2013 by TippyT
At first I thought this was another "hunger games" type book and thought the focus would be the game. Read morePublished on 20 July 2013 by Tracey D. Porter
Great book, fast paced, I always to read about races against time, hungery people etc. Explores ideas of political fixes to socialogical necessitities. Read morePublished on 19 April 2013 by Amazon Customer
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