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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Book Review: The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

Tomorrow you will see that I have picked as my #1 favorite book published in 2016 is The Last One by Alexandra Oliva. I will also post all of my tweets from the past 10 days of #libfaves16 and I hope, if you are a librarian, that you will join us next year for #libfaves17.

I devoured this book in less than 48 hours, it was so good. I really enjoyed this debut novel by Alexandra Oliva and thought she did a tremendous job with a very original concept. 

A married lady who has had a lot of adventures in travel before setting down to get married decides to do one last crazy thing before trying to get pregnant with her husband. She is cast on a reality survival type show with 11 others and put in a wilderness to do all kinds of crazy, strenuous challenges. Two weeks into filming, she and the contestants who are left are sent on a solo challenge, but the fatigue and hunger has altered her judgment abilities and what she thinks is fake might be real. All of the contestants have nicknames based on their occupation (sometimes even their race). So, the married lady is named Zoo because she works with animals

I don't want to give too much away, but the book does shift between Zoo's present and when the reality show first began, giving you an idea just why Zoo may think that everything she sees around her isn't real despite the overwhelming evidence. My only complaint is that when the book mentions the 12 contestants, they are always referred to by their nickname, but when Zoo is thinking specifically about them, she refers to them by their first name, which can be really confusing. Otherwise, the book is spectacular, definitely a thriller, slightly dystopian, and all around a fun read.

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