'Taut, tense and at times almost unbearably real' Sunday Times bestseller Ruth Ware
'A smart twist on the apocalypse' Reader Review
'Shows what impact our times have on the ways we think. A compelling entry into the post-apocalypse genre' Kirkus
She wanted an adventure. But what if it never ends?
When Zoo agrees to take part in a new reality TV show, In The Dark, she's hoping for a challenge. Facing eleven competitors, she's prepared for her physical and mental strength to be tested in a series of unforgiving survival tasks.
But as her fellow contestants are overcome by hunger, injury and psychological breakdown, Zoo becomes increasingly afraid. Because the deserted TV set and gruesome props are starting to feel all too real.
Is there something they're not telling Zoo about the world outside?
The TV show Survivor meets Cormac McCarthy's The Road in Oliva's stellar debut. One of the 12 contestants on In the Dark, a reality show set in the remote Pennsylvania wilderness and billed as a "reality experience of unprecedented scale," is Zoo, so called by the show's producers because she works at a wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation center. Zoo decided to go on In the Dark as one last big adventure before settling down to start a family with her husband. The host explains that the game is a race with no finish line; the only way out is to quit. Trouble arrives in the form of an unidentified pathogen that begins to kill off a substantial portion of the world's population. Alone on an extended solo challenge, Zoo has no idea that the lines between reality and reality show have been blurred into nonexistence. 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 and, hopefully, her husband.
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This is her first ever book?! I can't wait to see what else Alexandra writes! This was crazy, so detailed and well thought through- I've never read anything like this before, and the final chapters- WOW. This isn't the best review I've ever written because I'm still reeling from finishing the book literally 2 minutes ago. Also on another note: THIS NEEDS TO BE MADE INTO A FILM OR TV PROGRAMME AND I NEED TO BE IN IT! This book 😱😭🙌