"Athena's Choice" by Adam Boostrom
Updated: Aug 18
I don't read much science fiction, but wow, was I hooked.
The world-building is spectacular. The author does a fantastic job describing a detailed world of advanced technology and concepts that we could only dream of in 2020.
The writing is engaging, quick, and straightforward. I was never confused, and I loved reading all of the fake advertisements. Usually, I would skip over stuff like that, but I thought they were hilarious, clever, and played a significant role in describing some of the interesting gadgets the characters could purchase.
I also fell in love with all of the characters. Each one is well developed and plays a unique roll in Athena's life.
Thank you NetGalley for the audiobook in exchange for a review!
"What if a viral pandemic put women in charge of the planet?
"One of the Best Books of 2019"
--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 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."