Title: The Final Six
Author: Alexandra Monir
Synopsis: When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.
For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.
As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives
Spoiler Free Review
This is a dystopian and science fiction book. Humans have ruined Earth and now people are looking to colonize another planet. The place they are deciding to repopulate is called Europa. Europa is Jupiters moon and below its layer of ice is where humans will live in the future. In order to decide who goes into space, a draft is created and 24 humans are selected to compete. And out of those 24, 6 will be selected to colonize Europa. This is how our two main characters meet, Leo and Naomi.
I enjoyed this book. I felt it was more dystopian than science fiction but I didn’t not get the sci-fi aspects of the book. This book is medium paced. It’s not all action/fast paced but it isn’t a slow paced story either. The character development was alright. The plot was good and interesting but some points were a bit boring.
Naomi. Naomi is one of the main characters. Naomi is a very smart person which is why she was drafted for the 24, because of her skills. Naomi is also pretty family oriented. She cares very much about her family, especially her little brother who is sick. Her brother is the reason on why she doesn’t want to be one of the final six. I felt like that besides really caring about her family and being good at like hacking and computers and all that jazz, we didn’t really get to know a ton about her. Yes those are her main personality traits but it would of been nice to get to know her more and get more depth into her. But I liked Naomi and how she didn’t buy into all the B.S. the scientist were telling her.
Leo. Leo is the other main character in the story. He is an olympic swimmer which is why he was chosen for the draft. Leo lives in Rome, but due to natural causes, it is basically destroyed. He lost all his family and he sees the chance to go to Europa as his escape from all thats happened on Earth. And because his need to leave is so big he doesn’t really allow himself to realize the dangers of this trip even after they have been brought to his attention and his need sort of corrupts his thinking about the training and the people and the mission. Even though he has this set mindset on the mission, it doesn’t exactly mean he doesn’t believe the stuff he is told from a logical standpoint. I know that Leo needs this mission and all that but it sort of annoyed me because he knew about everything unlike all the other characters and he still wanted to go on the mission even though it had all these risks. But at the same time I understood why it didn’t matter to him because he has lost so much already and he doesn’t exactly have anything or anybody to live for like Naomi does so I feel like he doesn’t really see the risks as risks.
I did not love the writing. I wasn’t a fan of the style and because of that it was harder to get into the story. The way so wrote and how things were worded just didn’t agree with me and I wasn’t a fan of it. One thing that i did like that she did and this doesn’t really pertain to her writing but i like how she had the different perspective. There was Naomi’s perspective and there was also Leo’s perspective. I didn’t think it was really necessary but it didn’t take away from the story.
This was an intriguing plot and I was definitely interested in what Monir was going to do with it. Now I understand this book is a work of fiction however I feel like even if it is fiction, it should still make sense in a logistical way. This story did not make sense from a logistical standpoint. These kids were suppose to have, I think it was four, maybe more weeks to train and then the scientists were like nope and the kids only had about a week to train for a mission that is so complicated and so many things could go wrong and all this stuff. I’m sitting and reading this book and I’m thinking “what the heck,” like there is no way these kids are A) able to learn everything they need to learn for this mission and B) able to survive because of how little training. I mean astronauts now have like month long training and all this stuff, they definitely are not 16 year olds with a week of training.
I also had a problem with the ending. It was so rushed and so just very unreal, even for something of fiction. Everything happened in such a short amount of time that it just didn’t make sense, again from a logistical standpoint. And yes, I do understand that this is fiction, however I feel like even a work of fiction, most importantly science fiction, should work in some way logistically. I feel like one of the things that just should not be rushed is the ending because it is a very important part of the book, even more so for a sequel. And because this ending was rushed, I was so confused as to what was going on and I do want to read the next book in the series because I am curious, but at the same time I’m a little worried I’m going to be a little lost in the beginning.
Overall this was an okay book. I definitely had some issues with it but it didn’t take so much away from me enjoying it. I liked it enough that I am interested in reading the second book but I’m not sure how soon I will be reading it once its published.