Twelve contestants have signed up for a new reality television show that focuses on surviving in the wild. The show is going to be a huge production airing several times each week and the contestants have been kept in the dark on all of the details of how it will all work out but know that they are each competing against each other for a huge cash prize. A few weeks into the filming of the show a virus breaks out and millions of people have died but those in the show have been cut off from the world and have no clue what is happening.
I have to start off this review with admitting that I love reality TV. There I admitted it. I find it entertaining to watch people do such dumb things all in the name of winning a prize or finding their true love etc. Most of the time the shows are hilarious as you sit thinking did I really just see this person do that?? So anyway, when I read the description of The Last One I knew this would be a book that I just had to read as I also like reading dystopian type of books on occasion. This book wasn’t perfect by any means but it was certainly a fun read mixing these two types of things together.
The book alternates telling the story between what is happening in the now after the virus had hit featuring one of the contestants of the show who was off on her own when everything had happened so she believes she is still in the game. Then you have chapters that flash back to the beginning of the production where you get a background on the show and the other contestants and just what type of missions they were doing before it all started. The characters were given nicknames on the show such as Tracker, Banker, Waitress, Exorcist and so on with the now portion of the story following Zoo. There are also little bits between some chapters of viewers posting comments discussing the show as it started airing.
Now as I said I didn’t find this a perfect book but I really ended up enjoying it enough that I decided to only mark my rating down just a tad bit and give it 4.5 stars. It really could have used a bit better world/character building added into the story as some parts may be a bit confusing to read and piece together who is who and what is going on. I found myself completely hooked on the story though taking a couple of things I enjoy and mashing them together so it still scored fairly high for me regardless of the flaws. There such an intriguing psychological element to the main character struggling to keep herself going all in the name of the “game” that she doesn’t realize ended before it ever truly began.
Overall 4.5 stars, I think any fans of a Survivor type of reality television show and a dystopian setting will find themselves enjoying this one so I’d definitely recommend checking it out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.