I hate reality TV shows. Nothing but a bunch of vacuous washed up, no-talent celebrities or a bunch of shallow self-obsessed morons and fuckwits. I have no time to waste on them. Except for The Great British Bake Off, of course, because there’s something compulsively charming about it. Also, I’m a big lad, and I like cake.
But other than that … oh, wait. Face-Off when that was on too. But I mean, that was make-up special effects, of course, I was going to enjoy that.
Other than those, I have an intense dislike for reality TV shows.
Especially ones set in a jungle. Ones that are hosted by a pair of no-talent, yet inexplicably popular, giant foreheaded chucklefucks in particular.
Don’t worry; there is a point to this rant:
When I read about Sole Survivor by Zacahry Ashford and saw that it was about a group of reality show contestants being dropped (crashing) onto an island and then being torn apart by the local wildlife, well, I had to read it.
As expected, the contestants form various cliques, with each group deciding they have the best way of winning the contest on this tropical island paradise. Shame that there are a bunch of seemingly endless ferocious feral fuzzy foliage-dwellers just waiting to rip apart some unsuspecting fools.
Sole Survivor is blood-drenched fun from start to finish. There is so much of the red stuff being spilt, I am surprised that my hands weren’t dripping with claret by the end of the book.
All in all, I had a great time being introduced to various douchey contestants, only to have them clawed and gnawed by - well, drop bears. That in of itself was a great addition to the story, taking the fabricated drop bears and making them into a credible threat. If only the contestants knew to put forks in their hair and speak in an Aussie accent. There may not have been a large amount of character building, but there was just enough to get a feel for the characters before then having them torn to bits.
My only real downside was I would have liked a bit more information about the organisers of the contest. We get a little glimpse into things, but it would have been nice to know more about whoever they were and what motives they had and how much (if at all) they were involved with the presence of the creatures.
This was not only my first time reading anything by Zachary Ashford, but also my first dip into the Rewind or Die series. At the time of writing, there are around 32 books in the series, so I have a lot of catching up to do. Fortunately, most of the books in the series are stand-alone reads, so I don’t need to start from the beginning. Sole Survivor is book 6 in the series, with the sequel Sole Survivor 2: Drop Bears on the Loose being the 23rd. That probably means my next dive into the series will be book 23 because if there is one thing I need in my life, it’s more drop bear related carnage.
You can find more about Sole Survivor along with other titles by Zachary Ashford by clicking here and taking a look at his Goodreads page.