The Last One (Paperback)Alexandra Oliva (author)
'Taut, tense and at times almost unbearably real' Sunday Times bestseller Ruth Ware
'A smart twist on the apocalypse' Reader Review
'Shows what impact our times have on the ways we think. A compelling entry into the post-apocalypse genre' Kirkus
She wanted an adventure. But what if it never ends?
When Zoo agrees to take part in a new reality TV show, In The Dark, she's hoping for a challenge. Facing eleven competitors, she's prepared for her physical and mental strength to be tested in a series of unforgiving survival tasks.
But as her fellow contestants are overcome by hunger, injury and psychological breakdown, Zoo becomes increasingly afraid. Because the deserted TV set and gruesome props are starting to feel all too real.
Is there something they're not telling Zoo about the world outside?
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
Clever in its concept and gripping in its delivery. This propulsive book is for everyone who ever thought reality television signalled the end of the world. Haunting, moving, and remarkable -- Karen Joy Fowler, Booker-shortlisted author of * We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves *
The Last One seamlessly melds two of our contemporary obsessions -- the threat of global catastrophe; the staged drama of reality TV -- into a fiercely imagined tale of the human psyche under stress. An uncompromising, thought-provoking debut -- Justin Cronin, author of international bestseller * The Passage *
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, author of international bestseller * In a Dark, Dark Wood *
Alexandra Oliva's apocalyptic thriller The Last One poses another deeply relevant question: How is reality created and perpetuated by the media? Oliva brilliantly scrutinizes the recorded (and heavily revised) narratives we believe, and the last 100 pages will have the reader constantly guessing just what Zoo is capable of doing to find her way back home. * Washington Post *
Page-turning and deeply unsettling.-- Rosamund Lupton, author of international bestseller * Sister *
Tense and gorgeous and so damn clever. I loved every second. -- Lauren Beukes, author of international bestseller * The Shining Girls *
Clever in the best sense: Oliva is able to skewer reality show culture and dystopian tropes while never letting concept or critique become more important than a good yarn. The novel is thoroughly steeped in its times-the use of a Reddit-like forum plays a key plot role-but unlike other dystopian novels, it doesn't so much use contemporary times to warn us about potential future collapse as it shows what impact our times have on the ways we think about identity and human relationships. An astute and compelling entry into the post-apocalypse genre * Kirkus *
Gripping portrayal of an ordinary person's evolving survival instincts as she realizes she can't trust the reality she sees * Booklist *
Tense, riveting, and timely - The Last One is a conceptually brilliant novel, one you'll race to finish -- Karen Perry, bestselling author of * Girl Unknown *
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“You'll be hooked from the first page.”
Great concept, well written and with a strong female protagonist I was really rooting for. What set this novel apart for me was the idea that main character doesn't realise almost everybody has been wiped out,... More
“Great stuff, thought provoking”
The Last One may be one of the most thought provoking novelist debuts I've read in a while. I finished it a few hours ago and my mind keeps going back to it. I'm feeling remorseful it's over and cannot... More
Thanks to Penguin for the review copy.
I described this book on Twitter soon after finishing reading it as 'groundbreaking'. Now I've had chance to reflect a bit more on it, I still wouldn't take... More
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