The Last One
By: Alexandra Oliva
My rating: Four out of five stars
Best for: 16 and up
How’s this for a hook:
It’s “Survivor” on steroids. Conflicting personalities. Social media interaction. Clever edits that tell viewers a story, not what actually happened. Behind the scenes of the guts of the show. Privately, the producers give the contestants names based on the character trait they want to develop for the production. Fascinating…and fun.
…Right up until an unknown microbial epidemic wipes out 1/2 of the world’s population in a matter of days. The contestants don’t know what’s happening. Some are rescued. Some die. One keeps going, oblivious. To win, you have to keep going. Last one standing wins $1 Million. For The Last One, it’s all part of the show.
And for us, the real fun begins.
It was a race to the finish for me. I wanted to see how this one ended.
It was gross. It was sad. It was scary.
It was cool.
Dead people. Bad smells. Don’t close your eyes. Don’t get comfortable.
Just wait until her glasses break…
There’s language. Minimal violence, but plenty of gore. No sex. Lots of squirming. (By me. Not in the book.) An ending I can live with.
Plus, it’s a stand alone dysopian/post apocalyptic novel. There aren’t enough of those.