disclaimer – i received a copy of this book via random house publishing group – ballantine in exchange for an honest review.
do you ever get that feeling that everything is just a little bit off? that the world feels a little…tilted, maybe. that everything sounds like a seashell sounds when you hold it to your ear. that everything is just a little too bright, a little too sharp, a little too real. that’s the feeling that alexandra oliva is able to capture in her fantastic new novel, the last one.
oliva wraps her main character, who we only know as zoo for the majority of the novel, in a reality tv show that may or may not be going horribly wrong, placed inside of a world that may or may not have collapsed because of an illness that may or may not be natural. now think about that sentence, and imaging living it. all alone, with no food or water except for what you can find following what may or may not be clues left for you by the tv show that may or may not still be going on in the world that may or may not still exist. imagine having to rely on your instincts, your natural abilities, and your sense of self.
not easy is it? just thinking about it is kind of like walking a spiral staircase that seems to go up (or down) forever.
the last one is a brilliantly layered story not only of the possibility of the end of the world, but of the possibility of the end of our sense of who we are and what we would do to survive. and our idea of what, exactly, our minds will do to help us…or hinder us.
five out of five stars