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This was rough and definitely the biggest disappointment of my reading year I was really looking forward to this book I love the Reign of Ash (The Chosen 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 twoerspectives before and after The unnamed Bred by the Beastmen (Bred by the Beastmen protagonist was a contestant in a reality tv show when alague hit and is left alone but thinking that this is still all Fline en Lingerie part of the show I have watched an awful lot of reality tv and thearts about the show were really enjoyable I like how the author Surface plays with the tropes of the genre and how real that felt Myroblem was with the second story line following the Orange 5 (オレンジ, protagonist who just does not realize that the show has ended and that thelague really really really is real The reader knows this from the beginning and my atience with her wore thin a 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 never left 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 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 I lost all remaining sympathy I had 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 art of the reason is that I listened to the book on audio so it took me a lot longer than if I had read it Also it really drives home the fact that the The Scot 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 is looking at her And I am fairly sure that wasn t meant to feel like forever So yes I am disappointed because I LOVE theremise and Spring Snow parts were really interesting I wish the story had been told broader and the other contestants would have been fleshed out because there is realotential for a story I would love ARC The Greatest Victory provided by theublisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewFirst of all I want to give all the Second Chance Pass (Virgin River, 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 globalandemic happens The contestants are unaware still thinking they are Fates Monolith (MacLomain, partic 35 stars Alexandra Oliva s debut novel deserves all the hype it s been getting Theremise alone had me hooked A story where contestants are on a Survivor esue reality show cut off from society when something of catastrophic At the Wolfs Table 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 biggestarts of current A Family Scandal pop culture We get glimpses of the way editing can change the way a contestant isortrayed the way an event Ruthless Game (GhostWalkers, plays out or it can leave out the momentsroducers had to The Perfect Weapon push someone to do something We see howroducers create a character and give that character a storyline off what the cameras shoot and Psychic Protection piece together what fits There s often an end game What theseroducers can t กระต่ายในเงาจันทร์ 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 lot of details are kept under wraps from the contestants but they are told there could be times they are on their own for longeriods of time They say they are always watchingeven from afar So as you can seeeven when everything gets real bad s still Employment Law Cases and Materials pretty logical to notiece everything togetherThe story alternates between day from the What Would Pacifists Have Done about Hitler? a Discussion of War, Dictators and Pacifism perspective of Zoo and about three weeks earlier from the reality showerspective meaning what the A Place to Call Home (Front Porch Promises production team isiecing 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 The Hot Kid (Carl Webster, people by their actual names leading to confusion in who was who for a while Iut some of it together though I still Healing After a Loss probably couldn t match up all the names to their nickname Some of the chapters also feature a blogost about the show with comments from viewers allowing for additional viewpoints on the whole situationI love how Zoo s chapters became a sort of Jefferson Davis Inaugural Address psychological examination with all the trauma she was experiencing both mentally andhysically 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 she was on a reality show leading her to refuse to believe what she was seeing and experiencing The 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 First Read June 2016 Rating 55 starsSecond Read March 2020 Rating 55 starsThis book sounded Raintree (Raintree, pretty much like it was created with myersonal 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 One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, present andast focus left me Heiress in Regency Society puzzling out every word for the clues of truth that may be embedded ther 35 stars This book will beopular not just because of marketing but because it will appeal to different types of Rescued by Mr. Right 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 shapesublic La nostalgie des origines perception tosychological 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 Golf for Enlightenment 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 youretty 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 reall. Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast aced 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. ,
Y 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 Royal Protector put a tiny bit of maple syrup on her food because extra caloriessugar facepalm Maybe it was intentional toortray 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 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 The Vampires Desire (Vampire, popular OriginalostI 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 anything like Station Eleven to be honest But then again I DNF d that one 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 Unlucky Charm (I Love Genie, producers don t owe them nothing and that 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 her looksRancherretty much his name describes himAir Force military guy who omits the fact that he isn t the The Seven Basic Plots pilot the show thought him to be he was delivering careackagesBlack Doctor a calm radiologistZoo a married animal lover who is on this uest 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 Undercover Virgin pick up therize moneyBiology teaches seventh grade scienceEngineer wants to learn spontaneity Banker feels like 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 Environmental Dialogue Gdr 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 andrettier after all But Zoo doesn t care that Waitress is Trouble 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 isart of the gamewith all it s Hogan props She does know not to trust anyone named the Governor cacklesOne of theroblems 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 Wedding Daze 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 theublic 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 Gender and Multiculturalism picks out some good books There may be a chance that I totally read this one wrong I ve done that before 2 12 stars Here s theroblem 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 ost apocalyptic novel It s clever and yet I found it emotionally distantOliva resents us with a great remise a reality
TV Show Turned Nightmare Twelveshow turned nightmare Twelve 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 knows just how far the roducers are willing to go So when corpses and devastation show up it s kind of assumed that this is just a twisted staged Judgment Day (Time of Judgment Trilogy, part of the gameYeah it isn tUnbeknownst to the contestants aandemic has broken out and shit has gotten really bad Communications have broken down and there s nobody out there to A Full Scholarship (Sex Powers University 1) 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 andost 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 art it s a very slow and dry survival story It alternates between the resent 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 Gone Cold people was interesting but also didn t help me warm to them With only a few rare exceptions I m just not the type oferson 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 Probably interesting to study than it is enjoyable to readBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store I liked the The Black Shriving (Chronicles of the Black Gate premise but the book was just okay 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 like 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 isortrayed The content is adult than your typical teen story which made this a highly anticipated READ FOR ME THE LAST ONE for me The Last One 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 recisely what went wrong But before he dies the roducer will 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 roducers call Zoo stumbles across the devastation she can imagine only that it is art 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.
Read ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ê Alexandra OlivaNow 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 resent time The latter is narrated by a cast member named Zoo the former reads almost as though you are Betty Fedora Issue One privy to aroduction script and schedule It has a really nice flow to it the style kept me on my toes and had my interest Aubrey Beardsley, The Man And His Work piued through the entire story I truly did not want tout this one down The acing 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 air 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 answers until halfway through the book but at that Off 13 point things start ramping up rather fast and we find out most of the clues to theuzzle from then on I don t want to delve into further Amata Means Beloved plot details because duh spoilers but trust me you won t regreticking this one up if you re looking for an intense severely entertaining survival story I could have read this in one sitting if life and adulting weren t a thingMany thanks to Alexandra Oliva Ballantine Books and NetGalley for roviding my copy in exchange for an honest review I ll definitely be looking out for the author s next book Write uickly lease congratulations semifinalist in goodreads best science fiction category 2016 It s all just Juice 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 someeople i usually agree with did not means i gotta write one of those robably only interesting to me reviews to work out what i loved about it without giving too much away because spoiler olicethe Gudrun premise is shivery good twelve individuals are selected to be contestants on theremiere 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 Mob Mistress 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 beart of the show encountering corpses she assumes are Stud in the Stacks props following what sheerceives to be clues but in reality she s just 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 Choosing to Survive planning on taking advantage of that safety net Nothing can be worse than what they ve alreadyut me through I d never choose this not again But I m here and I m a woman of my word and I Robin Hood promised myself I wouldn t uitit s a fascinating situationsychologically considering the tricksy mindgames reality television lays 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 Realbefore all the real begins Though he will not admit as much the cameraman s resence gave him the courage to head off into the woods alone It s only The Vavasour Macbeth 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 humanerversion of nature s beauty I cannot forget this I must accept this I have accepted thisit s a The Blueprint (English Edition) premise so rich with opportunities forsychological 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 Crisis of the Strauss Divided persona adapting her behavior for the viewer who is no longer there trusting her life to a set of rules no longer inlacethat is some scary shit manuick The Master Masons of Chartres 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 whereeople are tossed naked into the woods or made to eat unusual things or dropped from high buildings for cash VARSITY ABDL (Age Play, Forced Regression, Enema, Domestic Discipline, Spanking Romance) prizes so how well this book reflects or references those shows is lost on me but even though i ve neverersonally witnessed this kind of situation on the teevee i understand the Road House - The Novel psychological strain inherent in this arrangement how theresence of the camera and the unseen audience affects behavior constructs Gnosis personas as armor and how the editing of raw footage influences and manipulateseople into caricatures of themselves within the book characters are referenced by nicknames reduced to roles based on their Left to Die-a First Hand Account of Life in the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina 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 likeroject 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 Dolphin Diaries Bind-Up point home that theseeople theeeeese The Wingman Chronicles peeeeeople have been reduced to stereotypesigeonholed into roles to fulfill an audience s
Expectations And Whatever Doesn Tand whatever doesn t 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 Flood Legends 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 weakarts 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 The Best Of Saint Louis 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 torolong 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 The Brother-Offended Checklist plausibility issues where you re desperate for zoo senny to drop and see what s really going on around her articularly in the blue cabin but it s also erfectly reasonable that she simply wouldn t be able to Detour (Something in Common, 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 andhysical reserves dwindle she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways and her ability to マジック・ツリーハウス〈1〉恐竜の谷の大冒険 parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing Sophisticated androvocative The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media Bear Creek Road plays in ourerception of what is real how readily we cast our judgments how easily we are manipulat. .