Alexandra Oliva - Author

About the Author

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.

Author photo © Lynn Paul

Featured books by Alexandra Oliva

The Last One

The Last One

Author: Alexandra Oliva Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/12/2016

One of our Books of the Year 2016. The Post-Apocalyptic setting is so popular today that it is becoming annoying, so it is great to get a book like this one; not only well written but offering a new angle on the old story. Lone survivors must cope with harsh conditions, that’s always a given, but the protagonist of this story is already lost and surviving alone as part of a reality-TV wilderness show. Her first-person narrative alternates with scenes from the show’s early days of filming, when it was just a game. What results is not just a journey through the wilds but a personal struggle with inner darkness and the nature of reality. No zombies, thank goodness, just an honest and plausible thriller obviously written by someone with a brain as hints, threads and twists weave together in a compelling and disturbing tale. Excellent stuff.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Alexandra Oliva

Survive - Du bist allein

Survive - Du bist allein

Author: Alexandra Oliva Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/07/2016

Zwolf Kandidaten, eine Survival-Show, nur einer kann gewinnen - wenn alle anderen aufgeben. Aber dann geschieht, was keiner planen konnte: etwas TODLICHES. Survive - Du bist allein der Bestseller aus den USA von Alexandra Oliva: ein raffinierter Thriller, der ans Limit geht. Eine junge Frau allein in der Wildnis - eigentlich sollte es nur ein Abenteuer werden. Doch aus diesem Albtraum wird niemand mehr erwachen. Tief in einem felsigen Waldgebiet beginnt die Fernseh-Show: mit zwolf Frauen und Mannern, die sorgfaltig gecastet wurden, um den Zuschauern etwas zu bieten. Schon bei den ersten Gruppenaufgaben geraten einige Teilnehmer an ihre Grenzen - Orientierungslaufe, Lager bauen, Nahrung finden. Allianzen werden geschmiedet, Konflikte brechen auf, die Prufungen werden harter und perfider. Und bald muss sich jeder Kandidat ganz allein zu seiner groen Einzel-Challenge aufmachen. Doch keiner ahnt, welch todliche Gefahr bereits in das Uberlebens-Spiel eingebrochen ist."e;Kompromisslos und heftig."e; Justin Cronin

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