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Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast paced novel of suspenseShe wanted an adventure She never imagined it would go this far It begins with a reality TV show Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance While they are out there something terrible happens but how widespread is the destruction and has it occurr. congratulations semifinalist in goodreads best science fiction category 2016 It s all just part of the game As long as I keep that in mind I ll be fine no matter how twisted things getfamous last words manthis book was so so fun and i had such a great time reading it but the fact that some people i usually agree with did not means i gotta write one of those probably only interesting to me reviews to work out what i loved about it without giving too much away because spoiler policethe premise is shivery good twelve individuals are selected to be contestants on the premiere season of a survival themed reality series shrouded in secrecy with a feature film sized budget and a near simultaneous film to broadcast time three episodes a week many of the specifics and details are withheld from the contestants including the true name of the show itself they know only that it will reuire woodsy survival skills strategy endurance and it soon becomes clear there will be an element of theatricality three weeks into filming with episodes already airing and while the remaining contestants are scattered apart from each other into individual challenges there is a global pandemic and while the world doesn t end shit is really really bad communications are compromised and one of the contestants nicknamed zoo is on her own off course and unreachable and making her way through an increasingly ruined wasteland she believes to be part of the show encountering corpses she assumes are props following what she perceives to be clues but in reality she s just witnessing what the world looks like when it dies believing she is still being monitored by hidden cameras and drones zoo doesn t comprehend the gravity of her situation she assumes she still has a safety net an out if she needs one that the crew won t let her die or get into any real danger despite the very real and very dangerous situations in which she keeps finding herself not that she s planning on taking advantage of that safety net Nothing can be worse than what they ve already put me through I d never choose this not again But I m here and I m a woman of my word and I promised myself I wouldn t uitit s a fascinating situation psychologically considering the tricksy mindgames reality television plays even when there s not an apocalypse going on where viewers are complicit in their own manipulation for entertainment reuired to accept a semblance of reality with the tacit understanding that the reality is largely fabricated as one character observes before all the real bad begins Though he will not admit as much the cameraman s presence gave him the courage to head off into the woods alone It s only pretend alone he thinksand as zoo herself acknowledges unfortunately and unknowingly after the real bad begins The world in which I now move is a deliberate human perversion of nature s beauty I cannot forget this I must accept this I have accepted thisit s a premise so rich with opportunities for psychological exploration and social commentary and oliva does an excellent job taking advantage of these opportunities the narrative switches back and forth in time between the show before the event setting up characters and challenges and motivations and to zoo on her own afterwards in the changed world maintaining her persona adapting her behavior for the viewer who is no longer there trusting her life to a set of rules no longer in placethat is some scary shit manuick personal fact that may or may not be interesting or relevant i have never watched survivor or any of those shows i have seen commercials for where people are tossed naked into the woods or made to eat unusual things or dropped from high buildings for cash prizes so how well this book reflects or references those shows is lost on me but even though i ve never personally witnessed this kind of situation on the teevee i understand the psychological strain inherent in this arrangement how the presence of the camera and the unseen audience affects behavior constructs personas as armor and how the editing of raw footage influences and manipulates people into caricatures of themselves within the book characters are referenced by nicknames reduced to roles based on their professions or skills banker asian chick who later gets upgraded to carpenter chick cheerleader boy etc which annoyed some readers but i kind of liked it since with the reality game shows i do watch like project runway and top chef this is exactly what i do when there s too many of them to keep track of at first and you gotta differentiate them by their salient characteristics affected or not here it drives the point home that these people theeeeese peeeeeople have been reduced to stereotypes pigeonholed into roles to fulfill an audience s expectations and whatever doesn t fit into this role is edited away as though it never happened the contestant s real names are occasionally used when they form bonds or in the outside world as fans of the showfriends of the contestants gather in a chat room to dish and it s a little confusing but it s also kind of a fun game being exposed to the personalities of these contestants in their day lives and contrasting them with their show livesit s a very strong debut there are a couple of weak parts and a bit of a three uarter mark slump but it held my interest and there are some terrifically intense scenes that will stick with methe uibbles are minor and not uncommon authorial choices made to maximize dramatic impact that come across as improbable including my own personal bugbear involving communication aka if this one character says this one wicked important thing they don t really have reason not to say and which is only not being said in order to prolong a dramatic situation syndrome although to be fair i think it is handled better here than is typical there are some extenuating circumstances but still just say that thing son there are some additional plausibility issues where you re desperate for zoo s penny to drop and see what s really going on around her particularly in the blue cabin but it s also perfectly reasonable that she simply wouldn t be able to process the truth of what she s seeing considering the completely dissociative state brought on by the strain of hunger and dehydration and view spoilerher glasses breaking so everything is hazy hide spoiler

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Ed naturally or is it human made Cut off from society the contestants know The Last PDFEPUB or nothing of it When one of them a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo stumbles across the devastation she can imagine only that it is part of the game Alone and disoriented Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life and husband she left behind but she refuses to uit Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory Zoo must summon all her sur. I usually overlook some things in an arc copy of a book that bugs me but I m really hoping that this one gets cleaned up just a bit because it s a full five star book if it does A reality TV show that will test the contestants than ever before They have to sign a disclaimer that basically the producers don t owe them nothing and that last one in the game wins Twelve contestants enter and the only way out is to say Ad tenebras dedi To the night I surrenderNow for me the beginning of this book is sort of confusing The contestants are described by race and that kinda made my teeth go on edge After the game starts they all develop slang nicknamesYou have Tracker a survival expert Waitress the standard hot girl who was just recruited for the game for her looksRancher pretty much his name describes himAir Force military guy who omits the fact that he isn t the pilot the show thought him to be he was delivering care packagesBlack Doctor a calm radiologistZoo a married animal lover who is on this uest before she and her husband attempt to have their first childCheerleader Boy in college and was really just looking for a way to spend the summer and hopefully pick up the prize moneyBiology teaches seventh grade scienceEngineer wants to learn spontaneity Banker feels like he is the guy that everyone wants their kid to grow up to be but secretly hates because of his jobConstruction girlAsian girl Shows that she knows how to do than anyone expectsand Exorcist nutjob who thinks he can perform exorcismsI m hoping that the finished version has a short little bio of each character so that the reader can make sense of the story sooner than it happened for me Because this was some good stuffYou do have some gruesome stuff with having to feed themselves in the wilderness And some tension between the contestants The explanation most viewers will jump to is as common an assumption as maternal instinct female jealousy Waitress is younger skinnier and prettier after all But Zoo doesn t care that Waitress is pretty or skinny or young All she cares about is that she s delaying their team She would be eually annoyed at a man doing the sameOnce the game starts you realize that in the outside world something is going on People are getting sick and dying The contestants have no clue and after facing a few team challenges they are told that they are now on their own for a solo challengeIt s told from a retro look back at the game and real time with one contestant Zoo as she faces the challenge of being own her own and thinking that nothing is wrong and all the stuff she runs into is part of the gamewith all it s props She does know not to trust anyone named the Governor cacklesOne of the problems does arise here for me also Zoo uses the contestants real names They aren t mentioned in explanation of which character is which and I never did figure out some of them It still kept me turning pages as fast as my fingers would go though To gain viewers because I have to admit if I weren t here if I weren t a contestant I d watch this show I d soak in their vision of mangled familiarity and I d love itAll in allit s a dang good book It gives you a glimpse of how the media can distort the public s empathy also For a debut book this sucker is so worth reading Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review The only one of my friends that have tried this book is TLshe didn t like it and she picks out some good books There may be a chance that I totally read this one wrong I ve done that before

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Vival skills and learn new ones as she goes But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing Sophisticated and provocative The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real how readily we cast our judgments how easily we are manipulate. I liked the premise but the book was just okay


10 thoughts on “The Last One

  1. says:

    2 12 stars Here’s the problem this is a good book but I just didn’t really like it that muchComparisons between The Last One and Station Eleven are spot on in my opinion So if you liked the latter there's a good chance this book will suit your tastes It's another dense wordy literary post apocalyptic novel I

  2. says:

    congratulations semifinalist in goodreads' best science fiction category 2016 It's all just part of the game As long as I keep that in mind I'll be fine no matter how twisted things getfamous last words manthis book was so so fun and i had s

  3. says:

    35 stars Alexandra Oliva’s debut novel deserves all the hype it’s been getting The premise alone had me hooked A story where contestants are on a Survivor esue reality show cut off from society when something of catastrophic proportions

  4. says:

    I usually overlook some things in an arc copy of a book that bugs me but I'm really hoping that this one gets cleaned up just a bit because it's a full five star book if it does A reality TV show that will test the contes

  5. says:

    “Well that escalated uickly” seems to be the theme of this book I had a blast reading this one; it was distu

  6. says:

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewFirst of all I want to give all the props in the world to Alexandra Oliva because this is one of the best debut author novels I've ever read I was so impressed by her fresh take on a survivorpandemic story in this heavily saturated market “That's how they do it; they blur the line between reality and nightmare They give me bad dreams

  7. says:

    35 stars This book will be popular not just because of marketing but because it will appeal to different types of people You get a

  8. says:

    I liked the premise but the book was just okay

  9. says:

    This was rough and definitely the biggest disappointment of my reading year I was really looking forward to this book I love the premise and was excited by the comparisons to Station Eleven a book I loved immensely but man did this ever fall flat for me The story is told from two perspectives before and after The unnamed protagonist was a contestant in a reality tv show when a plague hit and is left alone but thinking that this is

  10. says:

    First Read June 2016 Rating 55 starsSecond Read March 2020 Rating 55 starsThis book sounded pretty much like it was created with my personal tastes in mind a thriller following the characters on a reality TV survival show as they traverse through not only the wooded area used as their natural set but the altered real world leaving doubt to

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