Book Review – The Last One by Alexandra Oliva…

Survival is the name of the game as one woman’s mind and body are pushed to the limit. TWELVE CONTESTANTS When Zoo agrees to take part in a new reality TV show, In the Dark, she knows that she will be tested to the limits of her endurance. Beating eleven competitors in a series of survival tasks deep in the forest, living on camera at the extremes of her comfort zone, will be the ultimate challenge before she returns home to start a family. A GAME WITH NO END As the contestants are overcome by hunger, injury and psychological breakdown, the mind games, tricks and hazards to which Zoo is subjected grow dark beyond belief. This isn’t what she signed up for: the deserted towns and gruesome props, the empty loneliness. Is this a game with no end? And what is happening away from the cameras’ gaze? Discovering the truth will be just the beginning… AN ALTERED REALITY Translated into over twenty languages, The Last One is a gripping, provocative tale of survival – of the fittest, of the best loved, of the relationships that sustain us. It’s a searingly modern thriller and a timeless story of a woman’s journey home.
We are introduced to the story as people behind the scenes are about to die. At this early stage we have no idea what is happening.
We soon learn that we have 12 adults taking part in some sort of reality survival TV show. This storyline held some promise for me. I thought, “Oooooh goody, an adult Hunger Games.” But no. Silly Arwen. It’s nothing like that at all.
The first few chapters are dull and slow. It makes me want to reach through the pages and give the characters a good shake as the story is just so turgid and slow.
The lead female protagonist, Zoo, is likeable enough and she is certainly strong and determined. We learn that she has immense courage and the will to keep going no matter what.
Sadly, that does not give this story any passion or fire. For me the whole thing from start to finish was turgid and unenjoyable. The ending of the book was very abrupt and could have been so much more. I’m genuinely sorry, this book was a big disappointment.
A one out of five star read.
I’m genuinely grateful to Netgalley and Penguin for my copy.

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