Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Last One - Review and Excerpt

Idgie Says:
What happens when you are on a reality game show like Survivor and the world dies?  When do you realize it happened?  

An interesting story about a woman so intent on "winning the game" that as clues to the fate of humanity stare her in the eye, she refuses to acknowledge them. 

When she does finally open her eyes to the truth of the matter, she has to do so with an incredible amount of self-loathing for some of the signs she ignored earlier - signs that were cries for help left unanswered.

Every other chapter was a backflash to earlier parts of the game, before the crisis, delving into all the contestants mindsets and experiences.  I found myself impatient with these chapters.  It was the main character's story of discovery and I wanted to focus on her and when she would discover the truth and the after-affects of that moment.  I was not interested in others that were not revolving around her world.  But that was just me, and while I was impatient with those chapters, they were still engaging and fully fleshed out the other characters.  

The end killed me.  I just wanted her to shut up and listen for a change.  Why?  Read it and find out!


The Last One

A Novel

Alexandra Oliva

Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Pub Date: Jul 12 2016

For readers of Station Eleven and The Passage comes a dazzling and unsettling novel of psychological suspense. In Alexandra Oliva's thrilling fiction debut, survival is the name of the game, as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself—and one woman's mind and body are pushed to the limit.

She 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 endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-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 quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all of her survival 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 either be 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 manipulated.


Excerpt from NetGalley: