The Final Six by Alexandra Monir (Review & #Giveaway)

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The Final Six
by Alexandra Monir
YA SciFi, Dystopian
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 352 Pages
March 6th 2018 by HarperTeen


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.

Praise for THE FINAL SIX

“A breathtakingly real look at love, loss, and the dangers of space, THE FINAL SIX skyrockets into twists and turns I never saw coming!” ―Beth RevisNew York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe series

“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.” ―Kendare Blake#1 NYT bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns

“Compelling, cinematic, and fascinating. I can’t wait to read what happens next in the mission to Europa!” ―Romina RussellNew York Times bestselling author of the Zodiac series

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My Review

THE FINAL SIX is a scifi story set in a Dystopian future where six teens compete and train to be the human race's last chance for survival. The plot is interesting, to say the least, the characters are likable, and the romance is sweet. An intriguing read from beginning to end.

I really liked these characters! Naomi is this extremely smart, logical, and talented girl. She's also caring and self-sacrificing. She was easy to like and to cheer on throughout the story. Leo comes from a very different background than Naomi, but he also is very talented and kind. I really loved his enthusiasm and his humility. He didn't try to show-off, but performed when pushed to do so. They were an interesting pair and made for a sweet romance.

I also really liked the whole idea of these teens being chosen for a space mission to save humans. There was a lot of training specifics and I thought it was all interesting. There was a light undertone of suspense and urgency throughout the story that kept driving things forward.

I did wish that the whole mystery Naomi was trying to uncover was woven through the story better and more developed. It didn't feel as natural, nor did I completely buy how things played out. There were some other things that I would have liked developed more, such as the other characters and more of the plot (why the mission leaders were doing what they did and about the shots). I also didn't like the huge jump in Naomi's and Leo's relationship from just starting to fall for each other to all of a sudden not being able to live without each other and talking about the future after knowing each other for a few weeks.

In the end, was it what I wished for? An overall intriguing read with likable characters. I'm curious where the mission will take these characters, who will survive, and what will be found on the new planet as this series continues.

Content: Some mild swearing and a closed-door love scene.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author through Jean BookNerd Tours, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.


About the Author

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Iranian-American author and recording artist Alexandra Monir has published five novels for young adults, including her popular debut, Timeless. A Barnes & Noble bestseller and one of Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month,” Timeless and its sequel, Timekeeper, have been featured in numerous media outlets and been published in different countries around the world. She followed the duology with Suspicion and The Girl in the Picture, both standalone YA thrillers. Her upcoming science fiction novel, THE FINAL SIX (March 6, 2018) was acquired by HarperCollins and Sony Pictures on the same week, in two major pre-emptive deals.

Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter who often integrates music into her books’ pages. She wrote and recorded three original songs to accompany Timeless and Timekeeper, which were released as the album The Timeless EP and distributed by Jimmy Buffett's record label, Mailboat Records. She also recorded a song that was released with the publication of Suspicion, and is composing a stage musical geared toward Broadway. Her musical roots are deep, as she is the granddaughter of the late Monir Vakili, the foremost Iranian opera singer.

Alexandra Monir is a frequent speaker at middle schools and high schools across the country and at major events including fan conventions, women’s leadership conferences, and book festivals. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and newborn son. To learn more about Alexandra, visit her online at

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