Logy Sofia9 Engineer Albert10 Asian Girl Amy Thank you so much Stacy11 Exorcist Randy12 Banker Elliot hide spoiler 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 type of manner with no concern for the reader s feelings just as I ike it I will say that I agree with most of the other reviews before mine if this had been cleaned up 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 Beyond the Mist like theove child of Survivor and The Walking Dead minus the zombies 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 Phemes Regret last one in the game wins Twelve contestants enter and the only way out 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 herooksRancher 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 Pocket Guide to Scottish Words lover who is on this uest before she and her husband attempt to have their first childCheerleader Boy in college and was really justooking for a way to spend the summer and hopefully pick up the prize moneyBiology teaches seventh grade scienceEngineer wants to Chimerica learn spontaneity Banker feelsike he is the guy that everyone wants their kid to grow 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 Biscuits Bullets A Gettysburg Story 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 retroook 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 Zoo uses 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 Ο ελληνικός εμφύλιος πόλεμος, 1943-1950 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 tike 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 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 The Probability Pad lines between what is real and what is reality tvSound interesting original or exciting It fits all of these descriptions And eveneaves room for social commentary on reality TV much in the same way that the TV show Unreal does with the behind the scenes Calendula 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 caneave 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 just 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 Markham Hall Series Bundle (Markham Hall, lot of details are kept under wraps from the contestants but they are told there could be times they are on their own forong 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 ogical 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 eading 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 ove how Zoo s chapters became a sort of psychological examination with
the trauma was experiencing both mentally and physically and her strong belief in knowing she was on a reality show eading her to refuse to believe what she was seeing and experiencing The way the Soy Sisters line between reality tv and realife was so fuzzy it was even unclear to the reader at times There is a ot to be appreciated about this one I think it had it s slow moments and confusing ones but it than madeall the trauma
#up for that One thing is clear Alexandra Oliva has talent I am very excited to see what she #for that One thing is clear Alexandra Oliva has talent I am very excited to see what she next congratulations semifinalist in goodreads best science fiction category 2016 It s all just part of the game As ong as I keep that in mind I Sybil ll be fine no matter how twisted things getfamousast 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 interestingwrite one of those probably only interesting me reviews to work out what i A Womans Guide to Fasting 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. 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 theife and husband she eft behind but she refuses to uit Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory Zoo must summon all her survival.
Alexandra Oliva ↠ 5 Free downloadSpecifics 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 just witnessing what the world I Know Who You Are looksike 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 Spring Girl 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 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 isargely 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 job 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 Menerjang Batas longer there trusting herife to a set of rules no Chosen Vessels 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 isost 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 No Apology Necessary later gets upgraded to carpenter chick cheerleader boy etc which annoyed some readers but i kind ofiked it since with the reality game shows i do watch ike 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 ittle confusing but it s also kind of a fun game being exposed to the personalities of these contestants in confusing but s also kind of a fun game being exposed to the personalities of these contestants in day Awakening (The Guardians Heart Series Book 1) lives and contrasting them with their showivesit 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 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 2 12 stars Here s the problem this is a good book but I just didn t really Whoops! like it that muchComparisons between The Last One and Station Eleven are spot on in my opinion So if youiked the Los Caballeros de la Ciencia: El secreto mejor guardado de la Iglesia. latter there s a good chance this book will suit your tastes It s another dense wordyiterary 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 The Sheep Book 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 Redditike 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 Laduma 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 waseadingFor 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 The Gangs Birthday Surprise 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 toike 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 Earth lot of thought obviously gone into it Probably interesting to study than it is enjoyable to readBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store. Skills andearn 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. First Read June 2016 Rating 55 starsSecond Read March 2020 Rating 55 starsThis book sounded pretty much ike 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 eaving 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 Out to Lunch 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 This was rough and definitely the biggest disappointment of my reading year I was reallyooking forward to this book I Parinamam engane? പരിണാമം എങ്ങനെ? love the premise and was excited by the comparisons to Station Eleven a book Ioved immensely but man did this ever fall flat for me The story is told from two perspectives before and after The unnamed protagonist was a contestant in a reality tv show when a plague hit and is Beetle in the Anthill left alone but thinking that this is still all part of the show I have watched an awfulot of reality tv and the parts about the show were really enjoyable I Mr. Drackle And His Dragons like how the author plays with the tropes of the genre and how real that felt My problem was with the second storyine following the protagonist who just does not realize that the show has ended and that the plague really really really is real The reader knows this from the beginning and my patience with her wore thin a Dragon, Dragon and Other Tales long time before she caught up While there was some sort of explanation given for her idiocy sorry that still didn t work for me at all We spend so much time in her head that at around the 30% mark I just wanted to shake her and that wish nevereft me Everytime she sees something that should give away that the show has indeed ended she just thinks wow they really are spending an awful Song of the Aura lot of money on special effects but they cannot fool me I only finished the book because I wanted to know what happens to the child she finds on the way a child she treats so horribly because she thinks he s a camera man meant to stir up drama for the rating that Iost all remaining sympathy I had for the character Her self Hands Tied, A Hammer Story loathing tendencies onlyed to me nodding and agreeing and I am fairly sure that was not the reaction that was supposed to comeI think part of the reason is that I The Slanted Worlds (Chronoptika, listened to the book on audio so it took me aot Say Go Be Do longer than if I had read it Also it really drives home the fact that the protagonist is so much in her head there is a scene in the middle where she contemplates what to cook in excrutiating detail and then thinking back on memories the spices bring and her relationship with her husband and and and while the hungry child isooking at her And I am fairly sure that wasn t meant to feel Confer like forever So yes I am disappointed because I LOVE the premise and parts were really interesting I wish the story had been told broader and the other contestants would have been fleshed out because there is real potential for a story I wouldove I iked the premise but the book was just okay 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 ittle bit of a Hotarul Nestatornic (La Medeleni, 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 ofiked 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 The King of Spades like Zoo I feltike she was in denial for way too ong I know there were reasons to explain it but still I felt frustrated and her actions didn t really evoke any feelings ofsympathy from me I felt ike a ot of boxes were checkedfrom me I felt ike a ot of boxes were checked 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 ast 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 abit of 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 Quinlans Character Stars like she was out in the woods foress than a month but yet she had basically Bittersüß lost her mind Was she already aittle mental before it all started I just wasn t sureI did really iketiny bit ofThe Young Teen Brennanyoung teen Brennan would ike 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 Тарковский и я. Дневник пионерки 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 anythingike Station Eleven to be honest But then again I DNF d that one 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 A Three Hat Day 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 protagonistoves animals white blonde glasses2 Tracker red bandana male survival expert has a sick mother3 Waitress violet bandana female very good Paranormal Realities II 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 bandanaesbian 7th grade science teacher9 Engineer maroon brown bandana male young Chinese American wants to earn10 Asian Girl neon yellow bandana very skilled in carpentry11 Exorcist ime 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 Devoured lightlyaced 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 Bio. Survival is the name of the game as the The History of Christian Doctrine 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 theimits of their endurance While they are out there something terrible happens but how widespread is the destruction and has it.