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 ow twisted things getfamous last words manthis book was so so fun and i ad 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 er own off course and unreachable and making The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Rangers Apprentice, 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 still being monitored byidden cameras and drones zoo doesn t comprehend the gravity of Nora (Sunfire, her situation she assumes she stillas a safety net an out if she needs one that the crew won t let Sam the Plumber her die or get into any real danger despite the very real and very dangerous situations in which she keeps findingerself 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 ere 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 is largely fabricated as one character observes before all the real bad begins Though e will not admit as much the cameraman s presence gave Outside the Paint him the courage toead off into the woods alone It s only pretend alone Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont he thinksand as zooerself acknowledges unfortunately and unknowingly after the real bad begins The world in which I now move is a deliberate Historic Hahns Peak human perversion of nature s beauty I cannot forget this I must accept this Iave 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 Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, her own afterwards in the changed world maintaininger persona adapting Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, her behavior for the viewer who is no longer there trustinger 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 BITE (A Mate Of His Own have never watched survivor or any of those shows iave seen commercials for where people are tossed naked into the woods or made to eat unusual things or dropped from igh buildings for cash prizes so ow 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 Six-Moon Trail how the presence of the camera and the unseen audience affects behavior constructs personas as armor andow 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 Mustard Seed Magic here it drives the pointome that these people theeeeese peeeeeople ave been reduced to stereotypes 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"audience s expectations "s expectations whatever doesn t fit into this role is edited away as though it never appened 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 Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, 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 reallyave 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 The Witches handled betterere 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 Splinter 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 ofunger and dehydration and view spoilerher glasses breaking so everything is Breed of Innocence (The Breed Chronicles hazyide spoiler I usually overlook some things in an arc copy of a book that bugs me but I m really oping that this *One Gets Cleaned Up Just *gets cleaned up just 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 ave to sign a disclaimer that basically the producers don t owe them nothing and tha. 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 Immortal Jellyfish happens butow widespread is the destruction and as it. ,
Ling 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 Afgantsy has a really nice flow to it the style kept me on my toes andad my interest piued through the entire story I truly did not want to put this one down The pacing was immaculate and the author revealed just enough at a time to make me want to read just 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 Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., here as to the who and what the idea I felt behind this story was the why We don t get many answers untilalfway through the book but at that point things start ramping up rather fast and we find out most of the clues to the puzzle from then on I don t want to delve into further plot details because duh spoilers but trust me you won t regret picking this one up if you re looking for an intense severely entertaining survival story I could Somnium have read this in one sitting if life and adulting weren t a thingMany thanks to Alexandra Oliva Ballantine Books and NetGalley for providing my copy in exchange for anonest review I ll definitely be looking out for the author s next book Write uickly please 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 little bit of a lot of different things and not too much of any one thing It s an interesting commentary on everything from The Cronos Complex I 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 wouldave been of the dystopianapocalyptic factor It is pretty much in the background until the end The main focus was on ow the first week of the reality show unfolded t0ld in flashbacks Even if you aven t seen a survival type reality show you pretty much already know exactly Maid of Dishonor (The Wedding Season, 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 ander actions didn t really evoke any feelings of sympathy from me I felt like a lot of boxes were checked off er 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 er 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 Heart Beat her food because extra caloriessugar facepalm Maybe it was intentional to portrayer that wayThe ending was unsatisfying Very I am still not sure The Site Book 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 shead basically lost er mind Was she already a little mental before it all started I just wasn
"t surei did "sureI did like the young teen Brennan I would like to see of the world after the epidemic I m rating up because I ave 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 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 Betraying Beauty (Vegas Titans, 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 beonest But then again I DNF d that one 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 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 Vrolok hit and is left alone but thinking that this is still all part of the show Iave watched an awful lot of reality tv and the parts about the show were really enjoyable I like 僕の愛を知れ! [Boku no Ai o Shire!] how the author plays with the tropes of the genre andow real that felt My problem was with the second story line following the protagonist who just does not realize that the show The Boy Who Would Not Say His Name has ended and that the plague really really really is real The reader knows this from the beginning and my patience wither wore thin a long time before she caught up While there was some sort of explanation given for Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped her idiocy sorry that still didn t work for me at all We spend so much time iner The Hunger Within head that at around the 30% mark I just wanted to shakeer and that wish never left me Everytime she sees something that should give away that the show Between Two Skies has indeed ended she just thinks wow they really are spending an awful lot of money on special effects but they cannot fool me I only finished the book because I wanted to *know whatappens to the child she finds on the way a child she treats *what Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England happens to the child she finds on the way a child she treatsorribly because she thinks Nude Girls Photography Presents Ass Pussy From Behind - Compilation Vol. 5 he s a camera man meant to stir up drama for the rating that I lost all remaining sympathy Iad for the character Her self loathing tendencies only led 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 listened to the book on audio so it took me a lot longer than if I The Dolce Diet had read it Also it really drivesome the fact that the protagonist is so much in Brave Enough heread 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 Spunk her relationship wither The Kafka of 238th Street husband and and and while theungry child is looking at The Letters to the Thessalonians her And I am fairly sure that wasn t meant to feel like forever So yes I am disappointed because I LOVE the premise and parts were really interesting I wish the storyad been told broader and the other contestants would ave been fleshed out because there is real potential for a story I would love. Skills and learn new ones as she goes But as er emotional and physical reserves dwindle she grasps that the real world might ave been altered in terrifying ways and er ability to parse the charade will be either Ivory (The Ivory Saga her triumph orer 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 Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, how readily we cast our judgmentsow easily we are manipulat. .
characters The Last One.
T 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 The Temple of Death have Tracker a survival expert Waitress the standardot girl who was just recruited for the game for Venus Blueprint her looksRancher pretty muchis name describes Shame On Her Volume 3 himAir Force military guy who omits the fact thate isn t the pilot the show thoug ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an Bisk CPA Review 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 byer fresh take on a survivorpandemic story in this A Crazy Kind of Love heavily saturated market That sow 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 The Medieval Forest happens The contestants are unaware still thinking they are participating in the show inopes 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 The Road Beyond Ruin 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 redair 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 Backlash 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 Elliotide spoiler I liked the premise but the book was just okay 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 ooked 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 umerus gibe at the formulated over processed and out dated production of popular culture that keeps the individual neatly defined in
"a series of "series of They all managed owever to be dually stereotypical and realThe protagonist Zoo was feisty upbeat and combative but with very real flaws that made er a likable and forgivable main character I immediately felt an affinity towards er which aligned with the desired emotion provided from er 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 ave read before I ave 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 eightened 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 2 12 stars Here s the problem this is a good book but I 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 *is about survival is meant to test their limits this they know but no one knows just ow far the producers are willing to g 35 stars Alexandra Oliva s debut novel deserves all the The Color of Water hype it s been getting The premise alonead me کسی به سرهنگ نامه نمینویسد 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 wh Well that escalated uickly seems to be the theme of this book Iad 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 like it I will say that I agree with most of the other reviews before mine if this Cake Pops had been cleaned up just a bit it wouldave 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 ighly 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 Whatfor sure what small scale or large No one knows precisely what went wrong But before e dies the producer will know this much Something went wrong After mul. Occurred naturally or is it The Name of the Rose 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 iseavy with doubt regarding the life and usband she left behind but she refuses to uit Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory Zoo must summon all er survival.