I put this title on my reviewer’s wishlist, and I am SO glad I did! I give it 5 stars because Alexandra Oliva’s The Last One does NOT disappoint!
In this enjoyable debut, the author manages to do a great job of depicting what it would be like to be on a Survivor-esque reality show. In addition to the on screen talent, the reader “meets” the editors, producers and cameramen through the contestants. It becomes easy to see how living the situation they’re in can bring out both the best and the worst in people. Then… There is the surreal aspect that while the contests think they are on the show, the rest of the world is essentially playing a game of Survivor, too. While the contestants don’t all know the game is over, the rest of the world is battling against an unknown (biological?) enemy that is rapidly making its way through the population…
The story, told in alternate timelines, leaves the reader guessing when our main heroine will figure out that she’s no longer in the game and facing very real threats… Will she survive? If she does, and everything as she knows it is gone, will she want to?
As much as this is a fun read, it also does a good job of examining who we are without the people we love, attitudes toward motherhood and PTSD/psychological stress.
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. If you check it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts!