The Final Six

The Final Six

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 plan...

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Title:The Final Six
Author:Alexandra Monir
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The Final Six Reviews

  • Karen

    See my full review and much more on my blog

    The characters in the book are pretty awesome. Naomi is brilliant. She really loves, and lives for, her little brother who has a heart condition. Her whole life has been trying to figure out a cure for his heart and stay with her brother. Being drafted isn’t anything she is interested in. Her goal in the competition is to be sent home to her family.

    Leo, like many kids in the competition has nothing to go home to. His whole family was k

    See my full review and much more on my blog

    The characters in the book are pretty awesome. Naomi is brilliant. She really loves, and lives for, her little brother who has a heart condition. Her whole life has been trying to figure out a cure for his heart and stay with her brother. Being drafted isn’t anything she is interested in. Her goal in the competition is to be sent home to her family.

    Leo, like many kids in the competition has nothing to go home to. His whole family was killed by a Tsunami. He hopes to be one of the ones going to Europa so that he can make his country proud. The competition gives him something to live and strive for.

    Despite their different views about the competition, Naomi and Leo share a connection. With only each other to rely on and trust in the competition, they both set out to learn more about where they are going and the motivation for ISTC. This leads them down some dangerous paths.

    There were a lot of nerdy science fiction elements to this story. Earth itself is being plagued by storms and it is hard to imagine our planet like that. The competition the draftees are placed in shows off some new technology along with actual robots helping to make the selections. I loved reading about the virtual reality scenes as well as the ones that took place underwater.

    I liked Leo and Naomi together. They were both driven and ambitious. Their friendship-to-romance is fun to read about and a great pace. The other candidates all have interesting back stories, but Leo and Naomi were the main focus of this story. I loved the action and suspense of the competition along with the descriptive scenes in this book. I had no problem picturing the characters. I also really loved the diversity in this story as the characters come from all over the world.

    There were a few surprising twists in this story. I am actually shocked about the ending and need the next book right now. There were a few obvious coincidences in this book that were kind of cheating. This book reminds me so much of NYXIA by Scott Reintgen, and although I liked THE FINAL SIX, it wasn’t quite as well executed. Overall the pacing and suspense kept me turning pages and I enjoyed this story.

  • Mila

    Okay, but I'm just really confused. How's there no sequel announced after this book ends on such a good cliffhanger? I don't understand.

    I really enjoyed this book, it was addicting. I loved both the narrators, especially Leo, he's such a sweet guy. And it's also sciency but it's not that complicated so even I could get most of it.

    I'm really hoping for the sequel because this can't be a standalone. Please, don't be a standalone.

  • Chloe Yeung

    *WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!*

    So, I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi.

    Sure, I enjoyed reading Your One and Only by Adrianne FInlay and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, but sci-fi in general is not my type of book? (Ugh what am I talking about please ignore my rambling.)

    The cover is so beautiful! I love galaxy backgrounds <3 (My old Wattpad account username was galaxywifi. Apparently galaxy backgrounds and Wi-Fi were two of my favorite things back when I was in the fifth grade.)

    To be honest, I

    *WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!*

    So, I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi.

    Sure, I enjoyed reading Your One and Only by Adrianne FInlay and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, but sci-fi in general is not my type of book? (Ugh what am I talking about please ignore my rambling.)

    The cover is so beautiful! I love galaxy backgrounds <3 (My old Wattpad account username was galaxywifi. Apparently galaxy backgrounds and Wi-Fi were two of my favorite things back when I was in the fifth grade.)

    To be honest, I didn't really connect with Leo at the beginning. I thought he was living in Ancient Rome (yes, that was how clueless I was), and I did not really know what was going on? When I started reading Naomi's POV I began to understand what was happening and from then on I was hooked. It was hard to put the book down, because I needed to know what happens to Leo and Naomi!

    One of my favorite things about The Final Six is that the story is told in multiple POVs. THE MUTUAL PINING HAHAHAHA! I loved reading about Leo and Naomi falling in love with and getting nervous around each other. I LIVE FOR THIS KIND OF STUFF IN BOOKS. <3 I 

    The setting of this book reminded me of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The selected participants are all very competitive, and they would do ANYTHING to get into the Final Six. + Huge bonus: Diverse characters! The participants are from different parts of the world, and it was fun to get glimpses of their culture when reading about them.

    THE CLIFFHANGER ENDING KILLED ME. I was screaming when I reached the end because I NEEDED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT LEO AND NAOMI! I need a sequel. Please. (I was also disappointed because I was actually looking forward to reading about the characters' experiences in space. However, the whole story took place on boring ol' Earth.)

    ★★★★.5

    Diverse characters + space travel + romance. THIS BOOK IS JUST SO GOOD PLEASE GO READ IT.

  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

    RATING: 4/5

    *I recieved an e-ARC from Edelweiss and HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review*

    I really enjoyed this book. I think the

    RATING: 4/5

    *I recieved an e-ARC from Edelweiss and HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review*

    I really enjoyed this book. I think the plot and the concept were my favorite thing. I also love the main characters. Their interactions were always full of romantic tension and they had some very VERY sweet moments.

    Overall, this was really enjoyable, and I definitely recommend you pick it up March 6th, when it releases!

  • Crazy4Books

    This book is about 24 teens who get drafted into a space training program where the final six will be sent to Jupiters moon in the hopes of making it habitable for a human civilization. With Earth being ravaged by mega storms and a rising tide they're humanities last hope. Our female main character is a science prodigy who's more aware than most the risks involved with this mission and her gut is telling her the mission leaders are hiding something from them. With nothing to go back to and nothi

    This book is about 24 teens who get drafted into a space training program where the final six will be sent to Jupiters moon in the hopes of making it habitable for a human civilization. With Earth being ravaged by mega storms and a rising tide they're humanities last hope. Our female main character is a science prodigy who's more aware than most the risks involved with this mission and her gut is telling her the mission leaders are hiding something from them. With nothing to go back to and nothing left to lose our other main character is determined to get a spot on the final six.

    We get some diverse representation with an Iranian American and Italian main character. I like that they had opposite reactions when they got drafted, but wouldnt it be easier to pick people who actually want to be there. Im sure there was more available candidates that met all their criterias. The two points of view were so similar despite the characters being so different. Without chapter headings Id never be able to tell who we were following and even then I kept getting them mixed up. The main characters were alright, but I wasnt able to connect to them or root for the romance until the last part of the book.  

    The world building wasnt that believable with all the convenient elements. How they're still getting any electricity with all that water is beyond me. We also get a suicide attempt within the first few pages thats pretty much overcome as soon as they get drafted. Nyxia had a similar plot, but I enjoyed it a whole lot more. I usually find competitions really entertaining, but it took a while for it to interest me in this book. I just kept waiting for them to go off into space and meet some aliens, but at least the AI was a nice surprise. The pace was up and down for me with the first half feeling like it dragged on forever. I think it could have been condensed and added to the second book. With the way things ended I have a feeling Im going to like the sequel more.

    *received for review consideration*

  • Kassidy

    3.5*

    It was a very interesting and emotional story!

  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)

    ***3.5 STARS***

    Which means I enjoyed my time with this book/characters & the premise isn't too far fetched at all given our current climate but it left some things to be desired ...Full RTC on Lair Of Books (Link is in the bio)

    March was the month of Sci-Fi for this little bookworm & I really had a blast spending time with on

    ***3.5 STARS***

    Which means I enjoyed my time with this book/characters & the premise isn't too far fetched at all given our current climate but it left some things to be desired ...Full RTC on Lair Of Books (Link is in the bio)

    March was the month of Sci-Fi for this little bookworm & I really had a blast spending time with one of my fave genres. After reading Scott Reintgen’s Nyxia last year, falling head over heels for the Illuminae files, and being blessed with Pierce Brown’s Iron Gold… I decided reading all Sc-Fi is vital in my life. I caught wind of The Final Six & immediately jumped to request a galley from Harper in hopes of finding my next beloved crew of characters. There was SOOO much good packed into this book but it wasn’t without it’s flaws. If you’ve been around my blog for a bit, you know 3.5 stars means I enjoyed the story & still very much recommend the read. As a matter of fact I hear this isn’t a stand-alone anymore & a sequel is in the works. Also on the horizon is the film adaptation acquired by Sony

    . So it’s definitely one filled with potential & I’m actually very interested in seeing the next chapter in this space adventure after THAT ending

    , this is a story that takes place in our present day world with one very sobering difference…Climate change is no longer being challenged as fiction. Natural disasters have led to the Earth being practically inundated with water. Tsunamis are now a natural occurrence & the world is desperate for space exploration to bear fruit. The Earth is becoming increasingly uninhabitable, food is scarce, and families are being torn apart by the destruction. To say I wasn’t thinking of our current state of climate all along while reading this book would be untruthful. I appreciated this topic being explored in a YA book since it’s one currently being silenced in our real world. I also found interesting how close it stayed to actual events like El Niño and the effects felt around the world many years later. In many ways it can be compared to many other post apocalyptic books currently on the shelves but I felt the authors efforts to have it parallel our present day situation with climate change, makes this one stand apart from the majority. Sobering in many ways because I could see this actually happening versus the zombie apocalypse (I haven’t quite completely ruled this out haha!) that is a bit far fetched.

    Told in multiple POV’s, we get the story from our two protagonists Naomi & Leo. Naomi is Iranian American & her area of study is science (major kudos for giving us women in STEM), she is one of the 12 recruited to compete for a position as one of the final six to join the space program. Naomi is also the only candidate whose family is still intact, both father & mother are alive as well as a little brother. Leo is a Italian Olympic medal Swimmer who lost his parents and sister to a natural disaster. Up until the moment he is recruited, he was scavenging the personal belongings of his neighbors (now currently under water) in order to survive. For Leo, the call to compete for a spot on the final six is a lifeline he is more than happy to take. Feeling like he has nothing to lose, we meet Leo at his very lowest point. Leo is my favorite character in this book because he’s a survivor who is willing to fight for a second chance at life. He could’ve been moping around the entire book because his entire family was wiped out but instead he chose to go hard for Italy & the love for his country jumps off the page.

    Naomi on the other hand is what you’d call a unlikeable character & that’s ok, it wouldn’t be interesting if everyone carried the same personality so I always tend to appreciate these characters. Naomi is a Scientist & true to her field of study she is also a skeptic. She is NOT at all enthused over being selected & would much rather stay on Earth looking for a cure to help her sick little brother. Deciding very early on to self sabotage her chances on making the final six, only to find that the head Scientists in charge have already thought of this. This isn’t a voluntary thing, you are given no choice and being selected means that those who do have loved ones will not see them for years to come. I thought Naomi was seriously bad a** just off the strength that she’s a young woman in STEM doing her thing with a patent pending. However, I could’ve done with less selfishness from this character. I loved that she wasn’t naive & saw right through certain things but the reality is that Earth is about to be fully under water. She was selected for her brilliant mind & putting the seedy things governments tend to hide aside, a real asset to a team entrusted to start anew. Also, her teammates are in danger and she seems to be the only one aware but she’s still trying to ditch them for about 80% of the book. This book also falls into the insta-love trope & I wasn’t the biggest fan because Naomi’s selfishness seeped into it placing Leo in harms way one time too many.I wasn’t too focused on world building this time around since our setting is literally mostly under water and it’s as grim as it gets folks. This being said, I was expecting to get some really fleshed out characters since there are 12 candidates to begin with. These 12 were to go through some challenges that would narrow the crew to 6. I didn’t get the camraderie I was hoping to get, which is probably the only thing I was really counting on. We did see the expected internal competitiveness between our MC’s & other candidates but the antagonists themselves weren’t fleshed out either. The challenges themselves weren’t detailed with the exception of one. I feel showing the readers some of what the candidates had to overcome would’ve enhanced this story & also given us some camaraderie. Especially when faced with a government that is hiding many secrets placing all their lives in harms way.

    The last 30% of the story took a very interesting turn that left me very intrigued on how this story would end. At the time, I believed this to be a stand-alone & after a quick google search found that a sequel was in the works. This made me relax a bit since I feared being left in the lurch right when things were taking off. The Final Six was fast paced & very easy to digest in two sittings & after THAT ending, my guess is that the sequel will take off running at the same speed. My only hope for the sequel is that we get more fleshed out side characters. After all these personalities will be the basis for which a new civilization is established on Jupiter’s Moon. On that note, I’m giving major kudos to the author for selecting candidates not only for their skill set but for their diverse cultural backgrounds. There were so many real life issues in this book that I LOVED seeing discussed & also hope to see more of. Would I recommend this book? YES, it’s relevant and speaks on a subject currently being silenced. Will I continue with the sequel? YES, I’ve got questions & need answers *EYES WIDE OPEN* Will I watch the movie? ABSOLUTELY! the book trailer alone (see above) packs enough punch to have raised my interest in seeing it on the big screen.

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    Earth is now ravaged with megastorms that beat against the cities on the coasts all around the world. As those cities are flooded one by one, humanity finds they are no longer safe on the earth. Scientists and astronauts work together to prepare a final six for a mission to Jupiter's Moon to terraform a new beginning. When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, an Iranian science genius from California, are 2 of 24 teenagers drafted fo

    Earth is now ravaged with megastorms that beat against the cities on the coasts all around the world. As those cities are flooded one by one, humanity finds they are no longer safe on the earth. Scientists and astronauts work together to prepare a final six for a mission to Jupiter's Moon to terraform a new beginning. When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, an Iranian science genius from California, are 2 of 24 teenagers drafted for this training, they will have to decide if they will trust those in charge with Earth's final hope...

    This isn't a new concept... its a classic dystopian setup and yet I am a TOTAL sucker for these kind of stories. If this sounds at all like you then you'll probably enjoy this... that's because the science is actually one of the strongest parts of the story!! Yes, the weaknesses were mostly all due to character and choices by those in charge that flat don't fit what's needed for a terraforming operation. (I.E. many of the dramatic moments were contrived to get a specific outcome.) BUT I just loved the training!! I loved the conditioning that they had to go through... that was a very natural danger.

    The dual POV really worked for me this time... I quite LOVED Leo. I loved his excitement and his hope and how he remained a team player the entire time. His love was quite instalove but it offset so perfectly... Everything I hated about Naomi. Now I really wanted to like her, I really did. A smart and savy, caring equalist plus diverse! YES! But she just whined and whined and felt like she was the opposite of everyone else in a contrived way. Even so I respected her to a point UNTIL the end... that was just a mess, it made no story sense and the premise just collapses. It actually made me quite mad, because THE SCIENCE WORKS! IT WORKS!

    Flat out, this cover works. It's about the stars and the typography gives a little character... I can't hate it and it does draw you in some. Knowing the story now, I can see a cover with a space picture of Jupiter's Moon... that is what the story is all about and is the goal of the final six! Though I think the thing that puts me off just a little about the cover is its so serious and feels like a cover for a book that is too close for comfort... I can also envision a hand drawn cover broken into quadrants that showcases some of the best training moments in the book and highlights its robots and the astronaut angle!

    Astronauts are Team Players, damnit!

    Okay we as a society are pretty versed in what happens in space because we've seen all the movies... We KNOW in space the only people who would be sent up are TEAM PLAYERS. Even if an individual's skills make him a better candidate, a team player will ALWAYS go before him if he is weak in this area. That's because FACT... if even one person can’t trust another then the mission will probably fail... At the beginning much was made of this fact, but it didn't carry all the way out to the end! Instead of making Leo and Naomi's rivals work TO BE team players and beat them at this, stereotype mean boy tropes were suddenly thrust in at the end.

    Why Only Six?! When 12 Teenager Brains are Better?!

    Okay so the science worked as science... but it didn't work well with the story... Instead of a MAJOR proponent being the kids reaction to their injections, this was only a deal as a side element, mid story plot development to get rid of one of the draftees. Why not instead, at the end take TWO of each officer (because they both adjusted to the injections)?! Keep them competing who would take first chair and second chair. This is what happens in orchestras all the time. They MUST work together and put aside their differences but they ALSO compete to out perform each other to take that #1 spot. This would have turned the MEAN BOY TROPE on its head and kicked it into outer space!

    Naomi Needed to Become an Equal to her Peers...

    Okay so Naomi was super science girl, super leader girl, super hacker girl... basically she isn't the best physically but who cares anyway as her job is all the other stuff! AND she was the only one with family! It was her contrived motivation to NOT want to be there... and I don't understand why the "evil" scientists in charge didn't TAKE CARE OF THAT PROBLEM! They did all manner of unethical stuff but giving Naomi a reason to NOT want to stay on earth... why would they do that to their star LEADER who fights them the whole time!? There were convenient storms all the time...

    Stereotypes and worm tropes are a dime a dozen... we see them all the time, even in books that WOW us! They aren't criminals but they do need to be handled with some finesse. Treat them right and they can become stars!! Each one of the trouble ideas in this story had a mishandled trope or stereotype at its core...

    NO MORE MEAN BOYS/GIRLS!! Come on!! There is so much just plain old competition with honorable people that can be just as compelling and actually be MORE relatable as teenagers deal with that everyday!

    SHOW A BETTER WAY!! Yes, the mean boy/girl trope is great to show a contrast of how we shouldn't be to how we should be... but its very black and white when LIFE IS GREY PEOPLE! No person is just good or just bad (as perfect as Naomi was made to appear), its an ongoing process and as teenagers become adults they need to understand there are other ways we can be... working together as a team, while still wanting to be the best you can IS POSSIBLE!

    COMMIT TO YOUR STORY DETAILS! If a character is unethical and has seriously hurt people then they will probably do so again, especially if it worked the first time like it did here. Commit to that, use it to create drama and give REAL MOTIVATIONS to the characters. If injections are what matters for the mission, then commit to the injections! Change some of the science, some of the protocals to fit the plot to make the science work for the greater good of the story!

    There are some major missteps in this story, okay I acknowledge them, but I think this dystopia space story has some real potential... This IS a fast paced read and it isn't without drama... If you're willing to wade through a little contrivance I can see book 2 being a space spectacular!

    ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity

    ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style

    ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing

    ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐ World Building

    BOTTOM LINE: Dual POV Space Dystopian with a cute instalove Romance!

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  • Alexandra Monir

    I mean, this book is my baby- of course it gets 5 stars! ;) In all seriousness, I hope you enjoy reading FINAL SIX as much as I loved the experience of writing it. Thank you, all of you, who are giving it a read!

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