The Last Choice by Alex Anders is only Part One of the story, but leaves you with the desire to purchase and read Part Two.
Set in a futuristic scene with robot servants, grass that can be grown in any colour you like and google glasses have evolved into contact lenses that project advertisements in front of you. The story follows a contestant in a popular TV show, The Bachelorette. I’m the first to admit I dislike reality TV shows, and the one I dislike most would be The Bachelorette/Bachelor series, but Anders writes a story that is not only appealing, but also funny and gripping in that you just can’t put it down. Even from the prologue you know that his story telling ability is immense and that you are in for a good read.
Part of the appeal is that Anders version of the TV show has been strongly influenced by The Hunger Games. This leads the reader to enjoy the story whether you like reality TV or not. Anders has his main character running from Tigers and undertaking medieval challenges, and the story moves quickly keeping the reader engaged. There are also several humorous elements to the plot, but none more so than a character who is nicknamed “Buck-naked Billy” because he is naked for pretty much the entire time.
The main character, Ford, is good looking, cynical and compassionate towards his fellow contestants, even when referring to them as “Darwinian rejects”. The characteristics which Ford displays all fit well with the story and the way it is told. The underlying mystery in the plot is that many of the characters appear to forget events that have occurred, which leads the reader to one of two conclusions, either the main character is, as every other character implicates, insane, or he is the only sane one there. He also seems to have had less preparation than the other contestants, which just adds to the mystery.
In a way the story is a comment on society and our obsession with reality TV and fame, but also concurrently just what insane lengths someone would go to in order to stand out from the crowd. Although it’s short, the story is well written, engaging, enjoyable and leaves you hanging out for more.
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