Alexandra Oliva - Author

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Alexandra Oliva grew up in a small town deep in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. She earned a BA in History from Yale University in 2005 and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School University in 2011. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their brindled mutt, Codex.

The Last One is her first novel.

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Last One

Last One

Author: Alexandra Oliva Format: eBook Release Date: 12/07/2016

Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva's fast-paced novel of suspense.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 happensbut how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of thema young woman the show's producers call Zoostumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game. Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the lifeand husbandshe left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skillsand 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 waysand 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. Praise for The Last One ';[Alexandra] Oliva brilliantly scrutinizes the recorded (and heavily revised) narratives we believe, and the last one hundred pages will have the reader constantly guessing just what Zoo is capable of doing to find her way back home.'Washington Post';A high-concept, high-octane affair . . . The conceit is undoubtedly clever and . . . well executed, but what makes The Last One such a page-turner is Zoo herself: practical, tough-minded and appealing.'The Guardian';Oliva takes this (possibly) post-apocalyptic setting, grafts on a knowledgeable skewering of the inner workings of reality television and gives us a gripping story of survival. . . . This is the genius of Oliva's storytelling. . . . [She] makes a stunning debut with this page turner, and becomes a writer to watch.'Seattle Times';Oliva delivers a pulse-pounding psychological tale of survival. . . . [She] masterfully manipulates her characters and the setting, creating a mash-up of popular TV genres: Survivor meets The Walking Dead.'Bookpage ';The TV showSurvivormeets Cormac McCarthy's The Roadin Oliva's stellar debut. . . . Fueled by brilliantly intimate and insightful writing as well as an endearing and fully realized female lead, this apocalyptic novel draws its power from Zoo's realizations about society and herself as she struggles to survive long enough to somehow make it back to her home.'Publishers Weekly (starred review) ';The Last One seamlessly melds two of our contemporary obsessionsthe threat of global catastrophe and the staged drama of reality TVinto a fiercely imagined tale of the human psyche under stress. This is an uncompromising, thought-provoking debut.'Justin Cronin ';Like The Hunger Games, Alexandra Oliva's novel is page-turning and deeply unsettling.'Rosamund Lupton ';Tense and gorgeous and so damn clever . . . I loved every second.'Lauren BeukesFrom the Hardcover edition.

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