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The Ultimate Choice by [Hinsley, Lisa C]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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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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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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Very bleak story about an over-populated future and the choices people make in it. A bit slow-paced in places, and once or twice a character does something that seems glaringly 'out of character' for them, but generally well-written and engaging. Ending is a bit anti-climactic, but reasonable and consistent nonetheless - overall, well worth reading.
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"The Ultimate Choice" is a novel set in a dystopian future where there is international famine and the lives of citizens are narrowed to a daily ritual of menial work, hunger and curfews. And of course, the television show "The Ultimate Choice" (an X Factor-esque show where suicide is glorified as a selfless act) is where the action begins. It follows Cassie, the main protagonist, as the contestant on "The Ultimate Choice" to decide to whom her organs would be donated to, once she has committed suicide.

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.
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