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L 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 itit 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 Two Steps Forward 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 acknowledgesnfortunately and The Soldiers Mission (Secret Agent Series, 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 settingp 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 The Ranchers Surprise Marriage 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 inderstand the psychological strain inherent in this arrangement how the presence of the camera and the The Ancient Central Andes 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 getspgraded 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 Lover Extraordinaire (Extraordinaire, 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 threearter mark slump but it held my interest and there are some terrifically intense scenes that will stick with methe Christmas With A Hero uibbles are minor and notncommon 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 spoile. 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 ndoing Sophisticated and provocative The Last One is a novel that forces s 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.
Ut 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 est 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 p 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 A Ta Place 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 Zooses 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 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 Mortal Sin 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 andnreachable 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 stil. 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 How to Win an Argument... Even When You Lose uit Staggering countless miles acrossnfamiliar 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 sed 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 nrealThis 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 pbeat 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 nlikable 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 Bijoux en origami uniue in conception and readsnlike any story I have read before I have read of some readers finding the plot The Hokku or Epigram Versus of Basho 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 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 was just 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 arenaware still thinking they are participating in the show in hopes of winning the one million dollar prizeThe cast is made Prison Ramen 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 endedp 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 pon 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 sually overlook some things in an arc copy of a book that bugs me but I m really hoping that this one gets cleaned p 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 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.
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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