The Last Girl on Earth

5 CDs. 6:22 hrs. Listening Library. Jan. 2018. $45. ISBN 9780525530473. digital download.
Gr 7 Up—Li is the titular last girl on Earth, a human raised by one of the aliens that slaughtered all (other) humans and took over the planet for themselves. Trained by her adoptive father to impersonate an alien Abdolorean for all her life, Li is preparing to pass the trials that could get her an officer's posting offworld. Enter Ryn, cute boy and instant love interest, and suddenly Li is ready to do things that could expose her true origins. The story has an interesting premise, but the clichéd characters and predictable plot detract from the overall tale, with too many questions just left unanswered (Why gills? for instance). Accomplished voice actress Kim Mai Guest provides an engaging and straightforward narration.
VERDICT Romance fans should enjoy this lightly sci-fi tale.

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