"For readers of Station Eleven and The Passage comes a dazzling and unsettling novel of psychological suspense. In Alexandra Oliva's thrilling fiction debut, survival is the name of the game, as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself--and one woman's mind and body are pushed to the limit. 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 happens--but 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 them--a young woman the show's producers call Zoo--stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game. Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life--and husband--she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills--and 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 ways--and 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. Advance praise for The Last One: "The Last One seamlessly melds two of our contemporary obsessions--the threat of global catastrophe and the staged drama of reality TV--into a fiercely imagined tale of the human psyche under stress. This is an uncompromising, thought-provoking debut."--Justin Cronin. "Haunting, moving, and remarkable, Alexandra Oliva's debut novel is clever in its concept and gripping in its delivery. This propulsive book is for everyone who ever thought reality television signaled the end of the world."--Karen Joy Fowler. "Taut, tense, and at times almost unbearably real, The Last One is both a compelling read, and a terrifyingly believable evocation of survival against the odds."--Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood. "Page-turning and deeply unsettling."--Rosamund Lupton, internationally bestselling author of Sister"--
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 happens—but 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 them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game. Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and 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 ways—and 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 show Survivor meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in 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 obsessions—the threat of global catastrophe and the staged drama of reality TV—into 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 Beukes From the Hardcover edition.
'A clever, well-executed, high-concept, high-octane affair. What makes The Last One such a page-turner is Zoo herself: practical, tough-minded and appealing' Guardian She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far. TWELVE CONTESTANTS When Zoo agrees to take part in a new reality TV show, In The Dark, she knows that she will be tested to the limits of her endurance. Beating eleven competitors in a series of survival tasks deep in the forest will be the ultimate challenge before she returns home to start a family. A GAME WITH NO END As the contestants are overcome by hunger, injury and psychological breakdown, the mind games to which Zoo is subjected grow dark beyond belief. This isn't what she signed up for: the deserted towns and gruesome props. Is this a game with no end? alone and disoriented, Zoo must summon all her survival skills - and learn new ones as she goes . . . 'Clever in its concept and gripping in its delivery . . . Haunting, moving and remarkable' Karen Joy Fowler 'Taut, tense and at times almost unbearably real' Ruth Ware 'A fiercely imagined tale of the human psyche under stress' Justin Cronin
A standalone novel by the best-selling author of the Blossom Street series traces the reunion of three disparate sisters, one responsible, one rebellious and one free-spirited, who reveal imperfections in their respective lives while mourning their mother's death.
Een moeder van drie tieners geeft veel aandacht aan haar depressieve zoon, maar ziet niet dat de ex-vriend van haar dochter in nood is.
Thirteen-year-old Michelle, her older sister, and a neighbor boy explore a lakeside cavern searching for a monster which some people think is only a hoax.
This fast-paced action novel is set in a future where the world has been almost destroyed. Like the award-winning novel Freak the Mighty, this is Philbrick at his very best. It's the story of an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz, who begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the planet. In a world where most people are plugged into brain-drain entertainment systems, Spaz is the rare human being who can see life as it really is. When he meets an old man called Ryter, he begins to learn about Earth and its past. With Ryter as his companion, Spaz sets off an unlikely quest to save his dying sister -- and in the process, perhaps the world.
If there is case against high-stakes testing, The Last One Hundred and Eighty Days is a must read. This book chronicles the challenges of operating an independent charter school, serving a population with ninety-nine percent of students receiving free or reduced lunch in one of the largest school districts in America. It details the most critical year its history, in which the school must make a passing grade in the midst of constant state changes in the state-wide assessment. One questionable policy that was implemented during this time is the decrease in the number of students that are needed in each grade level for a school to receive a grade. The number decreased from 29 to 10 in spite of the fact that statistically, a population size should hover around 25-30 to increase the reliability and validity of the testing results. Ironically, policies are quickly put in place to prevent any school from dropping more than two letters grades, however, there were no policies put in place to account for schools that are ranked at the bottom, but show substantial gains. Painstakingly, if the elementary school is not successful, the fate of school will negatively impact the middle and high school because they share the same facility and resources. The middle and high school was one of the first secondary charter schools accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges in the southern region of the county. The overall purpose of this book is to highlight some systemic problems that directly and indirectly affect students, parents, educators, and the community at-large in the trenches, particularly in low-income areas. It is the premise of this book that it is nearly impossible to make a significant difference statistically in the performance of low socio-economic and academic performance within a short timeframe on standardized tests without resorting to data manipulation or other undesirable means. It further suggests that in the quest for accountability, the richness inherent in the education process, particularly at schools that have a high percentage of low-performing students has been lost. We are failing to "educate" all our children. It also suggests that the "creaming effect" that is occurring in poor neighborhoods--that is the skimming of the best students to attend magnet or other county schools--contributes to the erosion of our education system, leaving the perception as a whole that some schools are doing better than others. Following rules and guidelines is not enough to truly address the needs of the neediest students which often leaving educators drained and disillusioned without the desired results. The philosophical basis of the Academy was that that learning reaches its optimal level only when students know and expect that all guidelines and policies are set forth as a basis for all decision-making. This requires clear goals and objectives, consistency, monitoring and feedback, clear disciplinary policies, and strong community and parental support. It is essential for the philosophy of the school to shape the culture of school. Interestingly, Lawrence (1995) found that the type of school (magnet school, magnet program, or traditional school), was not as significant as the degree of self-efficacy of the students. The degree of self-efficacy is determined by a student's perception of control of his/her of their environment and circumstances (Bandura, 1980). The study found students that were at traditional schools with a high degree of self-efficacy generally performed as well academically as their counterparts in magnet programs or magnet schools. Hence, this study suggests that developing a student's self-efficacy is a worthwhile investment academically.
Collecting the out-of-print Vertigo series! Myrwann is the last of the immortals, driven by a need to help save lost souls. From his home in New York’s East Village, he takes in the lonely, the abused, or the forgotten, healing them when he can...but at what cost to himself? By award-winning writer J.M. DeMatteis (HERO SQUARED, JUSTICE LEAGUE, MOONSHADOW).