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St reading this one it was disturbing in an in your face type of manner with no concern for the reader s feelings ust as I like it I will say that I agree with most of the other reviews before mine if this had been cleaned up When Valentines Collide just a bit it would have been a 5 star read for me no uestions asked This wasn t your typical YA dystopian novel there are relationships but in reality no romance is portrayed The content is adult than your typical teen story which made this a highly anticipated read for me The Last One felt like the love child of Survivor and The Walking Dead minus the zombies No one knows for sure what happened small scale or large No one knows precisely what went wrong But before he dies the producer will know this much Something went wrong After mulling this one over a bit I think my favorite thing about this book is the way it is written Each chapter flips back and forth between the beginning of filming the reality show and present time The latter is narrated by a cast member named Zoo the former reads almost as though you are privy to a production script and schedule It has a really nice flow to it the style kept me on my toes and had my interest piued through the entire story I truly did not want to put this one down The pacing was immaculate and the author revealedust enough at a time to make me want to read ust one chapter It took me awhile to get the characters straight as there are a good number of them and they go by their TV nickname and their given name alternately It was fun trying to pair up those names along the way as its not clear right off the bat who is who Even though there s not much of a mystery here as to the who and what the idea I felt behind this story was the why We don t get many an 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 tvSound interesting original or exciting It fits all of these descriptions And even leaves room for social commentary on reality TV much in the same way that the TV show Unreal does with the behind the scenes look at one of the biggest parts of current pop culture We get glimpses of the way editing can change the way a contestant is portrayed the way an event plays out or it can leave out the moments producers had to push someone to do something We see how producers create a character and give that character a storyline off what the cameras shoot and piece together what fits There s often an end game What these producers can t plan for is ust what occurs when the world is seemingly ending and they can t reach all the contestants still out thereThe show our contestants are on is In the Dark Basically the winner gets a million dollars It s about survival and is a new show with a ginormous budget It s to air three episodes a week A lot of details are kept under wraps from the contestants but they are told there could be times they are on their own for long periods of time They say they are always watchingeven from afar So as you can seeeven when everything gets real bad it s still pretty logical to not piece everything togetherThe story alternates between present day from the perspective of Zoo and about three weeks earlier from the reality show perspective meaning what the production team is piecing together from the footage The contestants all have clever nicknames such as Zoo Banker Tracker Waitress Black Doctor Exorcist etc Well maybe not so clever but that is how the characters were referred to throughout In Zoo s chapters she would refer to people by their actual names leading to confusion in who was who for a while I put some of it together though I still probably couldn t match up all the names to their nickname Some of the chapters also feature a blog post about the show with comments from viewers allowing for additional viewpoints on the whole situationI love how Zoo s chapters became a sort of psychological examination with all the trauma she was experiencing both mentally and physically and her strong belief in knowing she was on a reality show leading her to refuse to believe what she was seeing and experiencing The way the line between reality tv and real life was so fuzzy it was even unclear to the reader at times There is a lot to be appreciated about this one I think it had it s slow moments and confusing ones but it than made up for that One thing is clear Alexandra Oliva has talent I am very excited to see what she writes next 2 12 stars Here s the problem this is a good book but I The Middle Ages (The Story of the World 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 knowsust how far the producers are willing to go So when corpses and devastation show up it s kind of assumed that this is ust 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 ust 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 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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 udgments how easily we are manipulat.
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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 ob 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 Navigating Japan's Business Culture: A Practical Guide to Succeeding in the Japanese Market 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 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 ev 35 stars This book will be popular notust 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 Pilgrim Snail 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 postIust 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 Well that escalated uickly seems to be the theme of this book I had a bla. 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.
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 blossom in both the minds of the characters and reader as to what is real and what is unrealThis book delivered on every front I was hooked from the first chapter and the alternative present and past focus left me puzzling out every word for the clues of truth that may be embedded thereEach contestant was given a name decided from their profession or some defining particular in their character or ethnicity These individuals each managed to perform their character to the stereotypical T and it didn t detract from the reality of the story This wasn t bad character creation but a satirical and humerus gibe at the formulated over processed and out dated production of popular culture that keeps the individual neatly defined in a series of boxes They all managed however to be dually stereotypical and realThe protagonist Zoo was feisty upbeat and combative but with very real flaws that made her a likable and forgivable main character I immediately felt an affinity towards her which aligned with the desired emotion provided from her show casting and immediate odds as fan favourite She was an apt pick as the book s main character The other characters often ranged in scale from likable to unlikable due to Zoo s own personal preference which we are privy to rather than the reader s other perspective as distanced viewer of the showThis book is innovative uniue in conception and reads unlike any story I have read before I have read of some readers finding the plot uite alienating with its almost clinical and formulated writing when relaying the events of the show to the reader as viewer but I found this another trope which heightened my accord with the book This definitely falls into the realms of experimental writing which An Unsafe Haven justifies the polarizing opinions regarding it For me it was instant love and I am eager to read in this world and from this author I liked the premise but the book wasust okay 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 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 Loving Lies (Summer Lovin, 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 congratulations semifinalist in goodreads best science fiction category 2016 It s allust 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 ust 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. 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.
Alexandra Oliva grew up in a small town deep in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York A graduate of Yale University she also earned an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School University and undertook intensive wilderness survival training while researching The Last One She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their brindled pup Codex The Last One is her first novelT