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    Description

    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 suspense. 

    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 their 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 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 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 manipulated. 

    Praise for The Last One

    “[Alexandra] Oliva brilliantly scrutinizes the recorded (and heavily revised) narratives we believe, and the last one hundred pages will have the reader constantly guessing just what Zoo is capable of doing to find her way back home.” (Washington Post)

    “A high-concept, high-octane affair... The conceit is undoubtedly clever and...well executed, but what makes The Last One such a page-turner is Zoo herself: practical, tough-minded and appealing.” (The Guardian)

    “Oliva takes this (possibly) post-apocalyptic setting, grafts on a knowledgeable skewering of the inner workings of reality television and gives us a gripping story of survival.... This is the genius of Oliva’s storytelling.... [She] makes a stunning debut with this page turner, and becomes a writer to watch.” (Seattle Times)

    “Oliva delivers a pulse-pounding psychological tale of survival.... [She] masterfully manipulates her characters and the setting, creating a mash-up of popular TV genres: Survivor meets The Walking Dead.” (Bookpage)

    ©2016 Alexandra Oliva (P)2016 Random House Audio

    Commentaires

    "The Last One seamlessly melds two of our contemporary obsessions - the threat of global catastrophe and the staged drama of reality TV - into a fiercely imagined tale of the human psyche under stress. This is an uncompromising, thought-provoking debut." (Justin Cronin)

    "Haunting, moving, and remarkable, Alexandra Oliva's debut novel is clever in its concept and gripping in its delivery. This propulsive book is for everyone who ever thought reality television signaled the end of the world." (Karen Joy Fowler)

    "Taut, tense, and at times almost unbearably real, The Last One is both a compelling read and a terrifyingly believable evocation of survival against the odds." (Ruth Ware)

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    • Howard
    • 16/07/2016

    I had to finish it and finish it fast.

    I found The Last One to be a very interesting read. It has been a while since I devoured a book of this size in four days.

    This is the story of a woman struggling to compete and survive despite being the best equipped for what lays ahead. I enjoyed reading Zoo's journey, but I have to say I felt that her reason for participating in this television reality contest and other parts of her backstory were glossed over. Maybe I just needed to know more about her past to really know what this contest meant to her.

    I also had a hard time believing some of the geography mentioned in the book and how Zoo kept to the forests on her journey home. These are minor quibbles but they took me out of the story as I tried to get a handle on where we were. The story moves along at a very good (and in some cases a very fast) pace even though there are a lot of pages devoted to characters that really just don't matter. There are a couple of other points in the story that, in my estimation, defy logic. However, expanding on those here would give up some spoilers which I expect would ruin your overall enjoyment of The Last One. So, curl up near the air conditioner or slap on some sun screen and take the hike of a lifetime with Zoo!

    For those who make a comparison between this book and Station Eleven, I believe this is a tighter story and one with I'd rather read again.

    I docked one star from the audio performance because there were times I thought the male narrator was inadequate. I can't really put my finger on why I didn't care for Mr. Chamberlain, but I know that I found his cadence was often annoying or too much in contrast with Ms. Zanzarella.

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    • Ann
    • 04/08/2016

    Good premise, but frustrating heroine

    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Fairly well-spent.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The reality show premise with a pandemic happening during filming.

    Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain and Nicol Zanzarella ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Good narrators.

    Did The Last One inspire you to do anything?

    Make myself finish the story, though the heroine was overly dramatic and almost hysterical and in denial about what she saw. Her refusal to accept reality was frustrating to me, because it made the book overly long.

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    • A. Sutherland
    • 28/12/2016

    Fun & Heartfelt Adventure

    I downloaded the audio version via Audible to keep my company during my daily work commute. Although I'm not thrilled about the Audible narrators, Alexandra Oliva's wonderfully engaging, heartfelt and descriptive story reached in, grabbed me and invited me along on "Zoo's" adventure. On several levels I could identify with different characters, particularly Zoo. So entertained was I, that when I reached the end, I started listening again from the beginning...twice! Savoring a total of three times now :)

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    • Betsy
    • 19/08/2016

    Such a good concept but not the story I hoped for

    There were so many interesting directions this could have gone and it just didn't take any of them. Seemed more like a senior creative writing paper commentary on reality shows. Just kept going. No sympathy for the main character. Ending seemed like she just got tired of writing---I'm sure it was an artistic way to end it, but not very satisfying.

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    • green ice cream garden
    • 10/08/2016

    Surprised I survived

    Understandably this book has some great reviews. It's a different concept, reality TV meets real human horror. Plus the writing is excellent. Despite these qualities the story line couldn't hold it together for me. The character the reader follows is the least interesting of the characters and quickly becomes sappy and annoyingly self-absorbed. There could have been more development of discussion points - the "reality" to reality TV, race, gender, religion, human coping, etc, etc., but they are either treated with bias so there isn't room for discussion or not given enough attention to make an impact. Also, the injections of social media reactions were neither humorous or productive. Alas, it just wasn't for me.

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    • Julia
    • 21/07/2016

    Great premise, mediocre execution

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    I wasn't sure if I was supposed to like the main character, Zoo, or dislike her. In the end I found her grating on my nerves because she was so callous and unfeeling to other people. I also thought her motivation for going on the show was ok at the outset, but as the story deepened it wasn't enough to carry me through. There had to be something more to what drove her, murder, accidental death, something else.

    Surprisingly, I found the reality show sections of the book incredibly boring. I was much more interested in Zoo's story. I also felt the reality show sections were handled poorly. They would have been much better had there been some development and odd occurrences along their journey instead of just getting sick at the very end.

    The audio performances were good, well acted.

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    • WildMtnChild
    • 23/04/2020

    Just Don’t

    Half the book I continued because I just couldn’t believe it was so bad, I had to see if it would get better. The protagonist is so stupid and self-delusional. She never gets better. Why can’t any author make a confident, realistic, female lead? I know hundreds of strong women, they exist!

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 15/03/2019

    Boring

    Very slow moving!!! Too much unrelated detail. Thought it would never end
    Narrative very robotic

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    • Benjamin F. Bates, Ph.D.
    • 30/07/2018

    MEH! Just Okay

    The female narrator, Ms. Zanzarella, was excellent. Listening to the male narrator, Mr Chamberlain, was like a nail gun to the ear. The story quickly became absurd.

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    • S. Helt
    • 08/05/2018

    Disappointing

    A good idea for a storyline but didn’t quite meet its potential. To many monotonous details about the game. The characters/ contestants were formulaic and irritating. I found myself fast forwarding to get to the Mae and Brennen storyline which was only marginally better. The end twist was predictable and disappointing. After grinding through the minutia of the game, the reader deserves to be present when Mae/Sam reunites with her husband. What was probably meant to leave the reader to his imagination, turned out to be anticlimactic and lightweight. Also, it doesn’t make sense that Mae would become the bad guy in the altercation with the two men at the store. Then men were clearly deceptive and inappropriate. This change in Mae’s attitude reduced her to a insecure, annoying female. Not an appealing heroine. Not worth the $20 I spent on Audible.

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