Book synopsis(via Goodreads):
She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.
It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it human-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.
Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.
But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.
Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House- Ballantine for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***
This insomniac's opinion:
This book was compulsively readable and had me on the edge of my seat just a few chapters in. It really made me contemplate the rash of reality television available and the consequences for the participants. I would have preferred to know the names of the characters instead of the kitchy names that the author gives them- I feel that on some level that impeded my ability as a reader to connect with the characters-- however, I believe that the author was making a statement in doing so.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Yes. In fact, good luck putting it down once you've started it!