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The Final Six

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Set in the near future, this action-packed YA novel—already optioned by Sony Pictures—will take readers out of this world and on a quest to become one of six teens sent on a mission to Jupiter’s moon. This is the next must-read for fans of Illuminae and The Martian.

When Leo and Naomi are drafted, along with twenty-two of the world’s brightest teenagers, into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever changed. Overnight, they become global celebrities in contention for one of the six slots to travel to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—and establish a new colony, leaving their planet forever. With Earth irreparably damaged, the future of the human race rests on their shoulders.

For Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, this kind of purpose is a reason to go on after losing his family. But Naomi, an Iranian-American science genius, is suspicious of the ISTC and the fact that a similar mission failed under mysterious circumstances, killing the astronauts onboard. She fears something equally sinister awaiting the Final Six beneath Europa’s surface.

In this cutthroat atmosphere, surrounded by strangers from around the world, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo. As the training tests their limits, Naomi and Leo’s relationship deepens with each life-altering 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.

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Set in the near future, this action-packed YA novel—already optioned by Sony Pictures—will take readers out of this world and on a quest to become one of six teens sent on a mission to Jupiter’s moon. This is the next must-read for fans of Illuminae and The Martian.

When Leo and Naomi are drafted, along with twenty-two of the world’s brightest teenagers, into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever changed. Overnight, they become global celebrities in contention for one of the six slots to travel to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—and establish a new colony, leaving their planet forever. With Earth irreparably damaged, the future of the human race rests on their shoulders.

For Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, this kind of purpose is a reason to go on after losing his family. But Naomi, an Iranian-American science genius, is suspicious of the ISTC and the fact that a similar mission failed under mysterious circumstances, killing the astronauts onboard. She fears something equally sinister awaiting the Final Six beneath Europa’s surface.

In this cutthroat atmosphere, surrounded by strangers from around the world, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo. As the training tests their limits, Naomi and Leo’s relationship deepens with each life-altering 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.

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Sales Rank:
14,821
Pages:
352
Publication Date:
03/06/2018
ISBN13:
9780062658944
Product Dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x1.50(d)
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
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About the Author

Alexandra Monir is an Iranian-American author and recording artist. Her debut, Timeless, was a Barnes & Noble Bestseller and an Amazon Best Book of the Month and was followed by its sequel, Timekeeper, as well as Suspicion, The Girl in the Picture, and The Final Six. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about Alexandra, visit her at www.alexandramonir.com.

 

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“A breathtakingly real look at love, loss, and the dangers of space, THE FINAL SIX skyrockets into twists and turns I never saw coming!” “I sat down to read a bit before bed and then it was two a.m. and the book was half gone. This is a space competition of epic proportions, loaded with disturbing hidden secrets and intense action. Your eyes will be glued to the page.”  “Compelling, cinematic, and fascinating. I can’t wait to read what happens next in the mission to Europa!”01/01/2018
Gr 9 Up—In this tale of terror and dystopia, Earth faces its last days. No one knows how long they have. Humans are finally working together because they have a common enemy—the climate. Of course, the fate of humanity lies in the hands of six teenagers from around the world. The only answer is to force 24 teens (affectionately known as The Twenty-Four) to compete for six prized spots on a trip to Jupiter's moon, Europa, where they will begin to colonize it—unless it is already inhabited by intelligent life, but no one bothered to look that far ahead. Monir handles her action scenes elegantly, creating moments so intense the pages practically fly by. However, these moments are few and far between and struggle to be heard over the rest of the book. This sci-fi adventure is written from the first-person point of view of two narrators. The two protagonists, Naomi and Leo, though clearly meant to have distinct personalities, are difficult to tell apart. Leo stops using his distinct Italian words and phrases early on while Naomi's narrative never had something to distinguish it to begin with. The plot is also heavily reliant on popular young adult tropes and lacks originality, despite the possibility of aliens. VERDICT This is not standout; for large collections only.—Ruth Shaw, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL2017-11-22
Teens become astronauts in record time for an inaugural space mission.After losing his family to "the greatest flood Rome has ever known," skilled white Italian swimmer Leo Danieli would never have expected that in his darkest moment he would be drafted by the European Space Agency to attend the International Space Training Camp, where teens will train to terraform and colonize Jupiter's moon Europa for human settlement. California native Naomi Ardalan, a second-generation Iranian-American, has also been chosen for her expertise in science and technology. During a period of violent climate change worldwide, Earth's governments are desperate to draft teens for a space mission for which they have only a few weeks in which to prepare. Twenty-four teen finalists, many orphaned by cataclysmic natural disasters, have been chosen from all over the world to compete for this space colonization mission. Warnings come to Leo and Naomi that there is a more sinister aspect to this mission, especially after things go tragically awry with other candidates during the training. The relationship that develops between Naomi and Leo feels forced, as if their meeting necessitates speedy deployment of a romantic cliché. The use of predictable plot devices, along with the fundamentally ludicrous premise, undermines any believability that would make a reader invest in such an elaborate space journey.The shelves are already crowded with teens-training-for-space stories; there's no need to make room for this one. (Science fiction. 14-17)
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One time, I substitute taught for a science class. Fortunately for ...
One time, I substitute taught for a science class. Fortunately for me and my sure-to-be-singed-off eyebrows, the day’s lesson didn’t consist of a lab or even a complex reading. Instead, in his infinite wisdom, the teacher had planned to show a video. While I certainly don’t remember all of the details of the video, one fact stuck with me. Scientists estimate that there are 10 times more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all of the world’s beaches and deserts. I mean, what?!? #MindBlown It’s probably been close to 10 years since I learned that fact. But, even in all of that time, I haven’t stopped looking skyward. I’m certainly not looking to the heavens in an I-want-to-go-there way – I mean, I've been known to get motion sickness when sitting sideways on a bus – but instead out of curiosity. If there really are all of those stars, then there literally has to be other intelligent life out there. And there would, by sheer virtue of the number of bodies orbiting these stars, have to be other inhabitable planets. And, while we aren’t really in need of a new planet to call home just yet, if things keep going the way they are (i.e. we keep trashing the one we have) we’re going to be needing one eventually. It’s this very predicament the characters in this young adult sci-fi novel set in the near future find themselves, when – thanks to mankind’s complete disregard for the health of the planet – it’s looking like Earth’s pretty… well… messed up. The characters that Monir birthed with the swirl of her pen – or, more likely, the dancing of her fingers across the keys – came to life. They were rich and round and engaging and I authentically cared – actually, still do care – about them. And it didn’t take long for me to form these attachments. I only got a few pages into this novel before I was entirely engrossed – which is oh-so-rare, believe me. I was so engaged… so invested… that when I could eke out the time, I hungrily read. And when I couldn’t read, I thought about the novel and the questions that it brought up in my mind questions – dauntingly complex questions about the future, and space, and colonizing other planets, and the reality of it all outside of the science fiction. Because my experience in reading books that have started solid only to fall flat at the end has transformed me into a literary pessimist, I kept waiting for something to happen – for the plot to quiver and then collapse or for one of the characters to do something that elicited an eye-roll from me. But it never happened. I only became more engaged…more enraptured…as I read. Though it is exceptionally uncommon – as you’ll know as a repeat reader of this blog – I found absolutely nothing wanting in this novel. Honestly, the only thing I regret about this book is that I read an advanced release copy, which will certainly make my wait for the next book in what is sure to become a well-known series interminable. I will likely be recommended this book – and literally foisting copies upon people who don’t take my recommendation – for quite some time. With a Hunger Games level of intrigue and a naturally compelling premise, it delivers on its promises and was one heck of an amazing read. Without reservation, it gets 5 of out 5 cocktails.
- Erin Schreiner
April 16, 2018
I was hooked from the very first line. THE FINAL SIX by Alexandra ...
I was hooked from the very first line. THE FINAL SIX by Alexandra Monir is a fast-paced and completely engrossing YA Sci-Fi novel. This book is serious page turner! MAJOR cliffhanger warning: the ending is completely unexpected and you will be left wanting more… Highly recommend!!!
- COBauer
March 6, 2018
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir, which is the first book in an un ...
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir, which is the first book in an unnamed YA SciFi/Dystopian series/trilogy. Having read Monir before, she writes YA very well, and I looked forward the reading this new one. I am happy to say I loved The Final Six, and will wait impatiently for the next book. In The Final Six, Earth is going through terrible climate change with the sea rising (tsunami’s) to dangerous and death defying heights. The world as we know it is slowly dying, with cities throughout the world going under water, and with little hope of survival. The International Space Committee has devised a desperation plan to send the most talented 16-18 years old young adults to Europa (Jupiter planet) to find a new habitual planet to send survivors to live before Earth is totally destroyed. The plan is to quickly send 24 of the chosen ones to America’s Space center to quickly train them, and then pick the final six to go to Europa. Right from the start, we meet Leo (a champion swimmer), who lives in Rome, and watched his whole family drown in the devastation that flooded his city. Leo is despondent, and just about ready to kill himself, when he sees the announcement of the 24 chosen ones is about to be revealed. He decides to go watch, hoping someone he knows will become part of this. To his shock, his name is called and he is thrilled to be one of those to help find a solution to the world’s troubles. Naomi Ardalan, is an American Science genius, who is also one of the chosen 24. Naomi is the opposite of Leo, she is very unhappy to have been chosen, as she does not want to leave her family, especially her younger brother, whom she helps take care of. Naomi and Leo will become friends, and eventually find themselves falling for each other. This is not really a romance at this point, but it has started and they become even closer nearer to the end. They both will work together, as Naomi suspects that something is not right, and she uses her hacking ability and other skills to delve into the truth. Leo wants to protect and help Naomi, but he is also determined to be one of the final six. There are a number of twists and turns, especially as we get closer to the end. What follows is an in-depth look at the overall competition, as all participants have to go through so many mind boggling situations to train them on space travel and surviving on a foreign planet. I loved everything about the complex completion, even if I am not really a Sci Fi buff. Leo and Naomi were great heroes, and I did like a number of the other secondary characters. Of course, there are a couple of villains that we know to watch out for. Will Leo and Naomi be part of the final six? Will Naomi be able to find out the truth behind this mission? The Final Six was a wonderful story line that kept our attention throughout. I am amazed at the writing by Monir, especially with all the sci fi details. I will not give spoilers, as you need to read this to enjoy everything. But I will say there are some amazing surprises at the end, and of course, the dreaded cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers, but I will be there when Monir gives us the next book. If you enjoy YA dystopian, Sci Fi, competition, great characters, mystery, and at little romance, I suggest to read this book.
- Barb-TRC
March 6, 2018
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