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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. 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 It s clever and yet I found it emotionally distantOliva presents us with a great premise a reality TV show turned nightmare Twelve contestants are sent into the woods with zero knowledge of what to expect The show is about survival and is meant to test their limits this they know but no one knows just how far the producers are willing to go So when corpses and devastation show up it s kind of assumed that this is just a twisted staged part of the gameYeah it isn tUnbeknownst to the contestants a pandemic has broken out and shit has gotten really bad Communications have broken down and there s nobody out there to pull them from the game So this survival game turns into something very real Interspersed with Reddit like forums The Last One is a book about the media reality TV culture and the way our obsession with both impacts us in the modern and post modern worlds It s a fantastic ideaI also can t argue that Oliva spends a lot of time on her characters especially Zoo They get description and development and oh so many words but as with Station Eleven I was never convinced that the main characters were worth reading about I appreciated the book in a kind of abstract way but never engaged with it or cared where it was leadingFor the most part it s a very slow and dry survival story It alternates between the present where Zoo is experiencing a dying world and doesn t know it and the start of the competition where the contestants are referred to by nicknames like Banker and Cheerleader Boy This way of treating the contestants as things and not people was interesting but also didn t help me warm to them With only a few rare exceptions I m just not the type of person to enjoy a story without caring for the characters I don t have to like them but I have to be interested Oh the world ended But what does it really matter if there s no one in this world I find interestingA smart book with a lot of thought obviously gone into it Probably interesting to study than it is enjoyable to readBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store

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Occurred naturally or is it human made Cut off from society the contestants know 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 survival. 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 and then they make them come true The Last One is about a TV survival reality show that is airing right before a global pandemic happens The contestants are unaware still thinking they are participating in the show in hopes of winning the one million dollar prizeThe cast is made up of 12 people with different color bandanas that are reduced to mere stereotypes 1 Zoo sky blue bandana female main protagonist loves animals white blonde glasses2 Tracker red bandana male survival expert has a sick mother3 Waitress violet bandana female very good looking viewed as dumb4 Rancher black yellow bandana cowboy5 Air Force navy blue bandana male military pilot6 Black Doctor mustard yellow bandana male radiologist calm 7 Cheerleader Boy pink bandana college student viewed as weak8 Biology orange bandana lesbian 7th grade science teacher9 Engineer maroon brown bandana male young Chinese American wants to learn10 Asian Girl neon yellow bandana very skilled in carpentry11 Exorcist lime green bandana male red hair performs exorcisms viewed as crazy12 Banker black white bandana male filler Jewish super niceYou do eventually find out their names in a very tricky way that is lightly laced throughout the book This ended up being one of my favorite parts of the story and every time I would come across a name I would get giddy and have to write it in my notes so I could figure out all twelve upon completion view spoiler1 Zoo Sam2 Tracker Cooper3 Waitress Heather4 Rancher Julio5 Air Force Ethan6 Black Doctor Tyler7 Cheerleader Boy Josh8 Biology Sofia9 Engineer Albert10 Asian Girl Amy Thank you so much Stacy11 Exorcist Randy12 Banker Elliot hide spoiler The English Wife society the contestants know nothing of it When one of them a young woman the The Octopus Museum stumbles across the devastation Blood in the Dust she can imagine only that it is part of the game Alone and disoriented Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life and husband Living to Tell the Tale A Guide to Writing Memoir she left behind but The volunteer she refuses to uit Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory Zoo must Sweet and Sour Milk Variations on the Theme of An African Dictatorship summon all her The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling survival. 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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 manipulat. 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 little bit of a lot of different things and not too much of any one thing It s an interesting commentary on everything from how the media shapes public perception to psychological unraveling in the face of severe trauma to subtle messages about choosing to eat organic foodWhat I wished there would have been of the dystopianapocalyptic factor It is pretty much in the background until the end The main focus was on how the first week of the reality show unfolded t0ld in flashbacks Even if you haven t seen a survival type reality show you pretty much already know exactly how it goes Alliances team challenges bickering etcI didn t really feel anything for any of the characters unfortunately The crazy Exorcist dude was kind of funny but an ass I kind of liked Tracker and Air Force guy and Engineer Biology and Carpenter Chick were okay I guess but we don t really get to know anyone I didn t really like Zoo I felt like she was in denial for way too long I know there were reasons to explain it but still I felt frustrated and her actions didn t really evoke any feelings of sympathy from me I felt like a lot of boxes were checked off her atheist modern woman didn t want kids although she did angst about it enough so we are not sure what she really wants didn t change her last name when she married it s the end of the world and she is in a grocery store and what does she seek out uinoa and Kashi cereal She makes sure to only put a tiny bit of maple syrup on her food because extra caloriessugar facepalm Maybe it was intentional to portray her that wayThe ending was unsatisfying Very I am still not sure how much time was supposed to go by during the whole thing It seemed like she was out in the woods for less than a month but yet she had basically lost her mind Was she already a little mental before it all started I just wasn t sureI did really like the young teen Brennan I would like to see of the world after the epidemic I m rating up because I have to admit I was very interested despite feeling somewhat unsatisfied and it was a uick easy read I may add later Not sure Overall I would recommend it and I think it will be very popular Original postI just won this in a GRs giveaway Yay However the Station Eleven and The Passage references worry me since I DNF d both those books HAHA How did I miss that I must have entered before DNFing those Didn t I When did this contest start I don t even remember P Ps I didn t think this was anything like Station Eleven to be honest But then again I DNF d that one


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

  2. says:

    congratulations semifinalist in goodreads' best science fiction category 2016 It's all just part of the game As long as I

  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 affects the rest of the world causing even blurrier lines between what is real and what is reality t

  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 contestants than ever before They have to sign a disclaimer that basically the producers don't owe them nothing and that last on

  5. says:

    “Well that escalated uickly” seems to be the theme of this book I had a blast reading this one; it was disturbing in an “in your face” t

  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 and then t

  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 little bit of a lot of different things and not too much of any one thing It's an interesting commen

  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 f

  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 tr

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