Zoo (Sam) needs one last adventure before her and husband Miles start to have kids. Signing up for a brand-new survival show to win a million dollars is just the way to get it. A mix between Survival and the Amazing Race, the contestants must test their survival skills and endurance to be the final one standing to be the winner, but what if destruction hit while on your own with the only instructions being to find the next clue. Would you be able to tell the difference between reality around you and the show that has crossed a few lines?
This book, written from two timelines weaves a tale of what it is like to suspend reality in favor of survival. From the beginning the story hooks you in and takes you through a journey of the sole contestant left in a competition. I really enjoyed following Zoo while she searches for the end of the longest adventure she has had. For a debut novel the writing was amazing. I can’t remember the last time I read a first novel that has so little flaws. I loved the portrayal of the main character. Oliva made me believe that the world we were following was really outside my door. Dual timelines can get confusing fast and can make it hard to really lose yourself in the story. With this novel that was never the case. Switching from present day to the past in each chapter builds the story and helps you understand the main characters motives. There are times when Zoo is unlikeable, but I think that was the intent. Showing what being isolated can really do to a personality.
As my first read for 2020 I was not disappointed. This book was fast moving and emotional. Bonus points for Oliva not adding an unnecessary romance.
Thanks for Reading!!
Follow me on Instagram @Bookfilledbrain