Joe Hart – The First City Review

Genre: Dystopian
Length: 446 Pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release date: March 28, 2017

Zoey has only ever known a world with few women and a society capable of unimaginable evil. Now she’s about to learn she may be the only hope it has for salvation.

After she and her companions flee a vicious attack, barely escaping with their lives, Zoey finds herself faced with a new threat: video evidence suggesting she is the mother of an unborn baby girl—and the key to mankind’s survival. Knowing that her former captors will stop at nothing to control the power that lies within her, Zoey sets out on her own for the last American city, Seattle, in search of answers. But a new enemy awaits her there, and the truth she seeks may lead to her destruction as well as that of all humankind.

My Review-

The First City was a great conclusion to an excellent trilogy, with a very satisfying ending. I loved the continued growth of the protagonist, Zoey. She had so many trials and tests of her character. She wasn’t perfect, but damn close. I was thrilled that Joe Hart wrote a female protagonist who was strong, smart, cleaver, along with many other great attributes. She never gave up, even in situations I thought would crush her.

Her struggle to find her daughter brought her full circle from where she started, back at the ARC. I was glad to get many of my questions answered and have a handful of secrets from the previous two books revealed. Zoey learned many lessons, one of my favorites was ‘some things can never go back to the way they were‘. What a powerful realization, and probably many things shouldn’t, even as much as we want them to. I could read the 1,100 plus pages of The Dominion Trilogy again and love it as much as I did the first time. I’ve read most of Joe Hart’s books and he does a great job creating his protagonists. The First City kept me engaged in the story with a great plot and countless surprises around every corner. The struggle of good vs. evil along with well written characters made this a great trilogy.

Link to purchase The First City

Joe Hart, biography

Joe Hart was born and raised in northern Minnesota. Having dedicated himself to writing horror and thriller fiction since the age of nine, he is now the author of eleven novels that include The River Is Dark, Lineage, and The Last Girl. When not writing, he enjoys reading, exercising, exploring the great outdoors, and watching movies with his family. For more information on his upcoming novels and access to his blog, visit


2 thoughts on “Joe Hart – The First City Review

  1. I’m reading the book now. I’m tripped up on the DNA results. .04 % Lee is the father?! He’s not the father? Or just a technical error? Thank you

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