The Final Six
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publication date: March 6, 2018
Genre: YA Sci-fi
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.
I am a huge lover of sci-fi and I find it really hard to find ones that are written well.
I wanted to love this, oh boy did I. I had heard so many good things about it from people I trust and unfortunately, I didn’t. It didn’t work for me.
The final six is about a group of teenagers who are competing for a spot on a mission to Europa to create a settlement to save the human race. Earth is basically falling apart the world is being ripped apart by natural disasters and they get worse with each day. The plot is pretty basic, contestants undergo vigorous training and competitions to win a spot on the missions. At the end the six finalists are chosen. While reading this I got HUGE Nyxia vibes. Nyxia basically has the same plot, people are drafted to compete for a mission on a different planet. Except in Nyxia everything takes place in space and they are vying for a spot on a mining mission and The Final Six is on Earth vying for a spot to colonise a new planet.
The story follows two main character Leo and Naomi. Leo is from Rome Italy and is a word class swimmer and pretty intelligent. Leo’s seen a lot of horror in his young life, he lost his entire family in a natural disaster that tore through Rome. Hes determined, kind, strong and at times a complete moron.
The book is alright, its pretty quick paced and interesting. We only get to see a handful of the contestants and I would have liked to learn a little more about the rest of them besides the 6 we get to know. Some of the things that happened in the book had me scratching my head because they didn’t make sense. I could have done without the romance in the book it was a little insta-lovey and I’m not a fan.
Them there’s Naomi. Things say here might be pretty biased because absolutely DESPISED her. Naomi is naive, bratty, selfish and intelligent. She hasn’t seen the true horrors that are ruining the earth like all of the other contestants. She’s been sheltered and lucky, she still has her family. Her younger brother has a health problem that shes vowed to find a cure for. Naomi is highly gifted in the science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, this has led her to be selected as a candidate for the mission.
The story itself was alright but what really brought my rating down was Naomi. Shes was unbearable to read. She’s incredibly selfish and only cares about saving her brother doesn’t even care that the human race could have a shot to survive. Whats the point of saving her brother if they are all going to end up dead in a year or two anyways because of the natural disasters? Her thinking is skewed and reading her was like having my teeth pulled. She thinks she has it bad since the disasters struck but after meeting the other contestants and learning about where they are from and what they might have to return to she FINALLY realises she has it good. She hasn’t experienced the trauma and pain everyone else has. Shes a 17 year old who thinks she’s smarter than NASA employees. Excuse me, but no, you are not. She may be intelligent but shes short sighted, cocky and selfish. She put Leo at risk throughout the entire book when Leo wanted to be chosen as a contestant, she selfishly asked him to cover for her so she could try and ruin the mission. She doesn’t seem to grasp the larger picture and this drove me CRAZY. I hated her. Her character brought this from a 4 to a 3 because of how shitty she is.
As a scientific person myself I can’t grasp her thinking. Wanting to stay on earth just so shes with her family when she has a chance to save the human race. When she has a chance to save her family. When she has a chance to observe scientific wonders. But NOPE she doesn’t want to do any of it, she thinks they have a better chance on earth. The earth that’s being ravaged by natural disasters and killing thousands of people daily. The Earth that has put everyone on food rations. Yea Okay. That seems to be working out well.
I don’t know if Ill read the next one because I honestly cant deal with this bitch. A lot of people will probably enjoy this book a lot more than I did. I just couldn’t agree with one of the main characters and her thinking.