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

  • Ishmeen

    This was everything I wanted out of this story y’all it was so interesting and my scifi heart is super content 👏🏼 I have to say though the ending did seem a bit rushed and there were some areas I wish had been explored more in depth but I am still looking forward to the next book which I’m sure will be even more exciting to read about :)

  • Chloe

    *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!

  • Pam Gonçalves
  • Kassidy

    3.5*

    It was a very interesting and emotional story!

  • 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!

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    ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style

    ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing

    ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐ World Building

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

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  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller

    A fun YA read in the same vein as Nyxia by Reintgen. RTC :)

  • Alison

    3.5 STARS

    This was a really fun read. It was a little scary to see how this could be our world someday (nature is uncontrollable and unpredictable and natural disasters are killing people all over the world). I liked the concept of sending people to a space camp to train to get ready to go live on one of Jupitar's moons.

    I wish we had gotten to see more of their training, especially with something so important, I feel like it would have taken more time and skills. It seems like they are basically

    3.5 STARS

    This was a really fun read. It was a little scary to see how this could be our world someday (nature is uncontrollable and unpredictable and natural disasters are killing people all over the world). I liked the concept of sending people to a space camp to train to get ready to go live on one of Jupitar's moons.

    I wish we had gotten to see more of their training, especially with something so important, I feel like it would have taken more time and skills. It seems like they are basically thrown into everything and just have to adapt. I don't know how they are suppose to feel adequate to live on the moon at this point, but that's honestly not the main plot point anyway.

    There are two main things happening here: something is suspect is happening at this space center and with this competition. The previous group's trip failed and the details were never released and no one will discuss them. Also the competitors start acting weird. I would have liked to have seen more than 3 examples of this, or even more of the competitors in general. I didn't feel personally attached to really any of them because they weren't given much personality. I couldn't even tell you what all they were looking for for the final team because I didn't know what traits people excelled at.

    The other thing happening is a romance. I gotta say, I loved the story up until this romance was introduced. You know immediately it's going to happen, it is kind of instalovey, but nothing is acted on until later. At that point though, it is so over dramatic and unneeded. All it does is distract from the real plot of this (WHAT'S GOING ON WITH JUPITER?!) and make you roll your eyes a lot. They are literally like "omg i will dieeeee for you." Calm yourself, ya'll known each other like 2 weeks.

    This book never had a dull moment though. It is fast paced and full of mysteries and action. The end left off on THE BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER OF ALL TIME! I threw my phone down and wondered if I was missing a chapter from my audiobook. I even hit rewind to make sure. NOW I HAVE TO READ THE SECOND ONE.

  • 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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