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.
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.
A breathtakingly real look at love, loss, and the dangers of space, THE FINAL SIX skyrockets into twists and turns I never saw coming!” :p>Beth Revis
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.” :p>Kendare Blake
Compelling, cinematic, and fascinating. I can’t wait to read what happens next in the mission to Europa!Romina Russell
01/01/2018School Library Journal
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, FL
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)