Book Review #169: The Last One: A Novel

Author: Alexandra Oliva

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery & Thriller

Language: English 

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Randome House Publishingg Group – Ballantine

Date of publication: 12 July 2016

No. Of pages: 264


A reality TV show that turns into a nightmare. 12 contestants are sent into the wood with nonprior expertise or expectation. Then corpses and devastation shows up, and no one knows whether it is staged or real. Soon, the race begins for survival in the face of pandemic and devastation. 


This is like a mashup of World War Z and Condemned. I am not a very big fan of either of the two movies and somehow that lack of interest got translated into the book as well. There is nothing remarkable here that I can comment upon. The whole apocalyptic scenario is always gold, but somehow I was not able to connect with the plot, the style of narration or the characters. While the elements of thrill and doom were fairly evident, but for me, it didn’t do anything for the appeal of the book. 

The main reason why I chose the book is because of the title and the cover image that correlates with the plot description. I will still maintain the same opinion still. 

My opinion: Not a fan at all. 

My rating: 2 out of 5


One thought on “Book Review #169: The Last One: A Novel

  1. This doesn’t sound good. I got this book because of the reality TV aspect but didn’t know exactly what it would be like as in with dystopian aspect and all. Anyway, I will read it next week. Thanks for sharing the review and sorry it didn’t work out for you.


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