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Jess Reads

Feminist library assistant. Music enthusiast, tea & coffee addict. Sherlockian & casual gamer.


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The Last One: A Novel

The Last One: A Novel - Alexandra Oliva Conceptually this book could have been especially intriguing, playing with the boundaries and intermingling of the perception of reality through media and our own interaction with the world. The behind the scenes of a reality television show feels realistic (I say this being of limited exposure to the genre.). The game is contrived and masterfully edited to influence and dictate viewer opinions of the participants. The internet article comments section chapter breaks are fun (with a cult TV reference or two) but don't really add much but to redirect the reader between Past Zoo and Present Zoo. Zoo's survival instincts and drive - challenged by both a Survivor-like TV show and an actual plague - naturally encourage the reader to question their own abilities to survive in those circumstances.

The pacing dropped as Zoo plodded along mid-story. The blurring of her reality through the loss of the (glasses) lenses she wore was a bit tiring of a prolonged metaphor. It wasn't terrible, but the casual reader may not want to continue the story. The ending of the book felt open enough in case Alexandra Oliva wanted to continue the story as a series, but would be fine as a a standalone book.

All in all, it was a decent read. However, I had actually forgotten about it in the couple of months between reading it and now leaving a review.