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  • Standard Sci-fi

    The Way Out is a fairly standard sci-fi – it’s one of those books you’d swear you’ve read before. There’s a virus wiping out natural births and the government brings in their dark and sinister birth plans with artificial wombs so that they can control the population. The story is told through a few different perspectives – Jessica, a journalist who uncovers the truth, Dr Bowen, a scientist working for the government and Val who has a secret in her natural born, telepathic son. There’s nothing here that makes you gasp or tries to define the genre but it’s an interesting enough tale. I did think that there were a few bits that felt like they were missing though. For example, it’s never explained why natural birth children have developed telepathy which is a fairly large hole! There’s also a section at the beginning on ‘clone paedophilia’ but I didn’t really understand how that came in. The pace ramps up though and there are some great and gory action sequences towards the end. My problem came with the Dr Bowen point of view chapters, particularly towards the first half of the book. There is a lot of graphical content that made me roll my eyes and there is no doubt here that the book is written by a man. Although I understand that Armond Boudreaux is trying to make the reader detest the character more, it seemed very unnecessary, particularly considering his job – there is no way we are going to sympathise with him anyway. The objectification of women and the obsession with sex just seemed too over the top and ruined the story. Be warned that the book ends on a cliff hanger to the next book in the series, however I wasn’t that gripped by the book and could easily live without reading the next instalment. Overall, The Way Out is a fairly standard sci-fi but had a few plot holes and a reliance on sexual content and objectification of women that made this female reader uncomfortable. Thank you to NetGalley & Uproar Books for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Great read

    Great story on what could happen when the government "knows best"

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