The Last One

The Last One Book Cover The Last One
Alexandra Oliva
Ballantine Books
July 12, 2016

"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"--Provided by publisher.



3.5 Stars

One of these days we will be granted half stars, but until then I will have to decide whether to round-up or down.  “The Last One” was too good to give three stars but had a few problems that keep it from being a solid four.

The premise is a game show meant to scare the contestants and audience, complete with fake scares and stranding people alone in a horrific world.  As could be predicted, something real goes horribly wrong.  “Zoo” is left alone to try to survive.  I loved all of that, but there were disorienting jumps between her and the production team that did not always align with the same timeline.  It also had a tendency to drag at points.

That being said, “The Last One” is still a fun and creepy read that will satisfy those who enjoy those sorts of things.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

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