Title: The Final Six
Author: Alexandra Monir
Date Started: May 19
Date Finished: May 23
Format: Hardcover from my shelf
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.
Hm. Well, this book was interesting. I honestly didn’t know what to think when I found this in my book subscription box a few months ago, and now after having finished it, I’m still not sure what to think. The Final Six starts out a little slow, explaining that thanks to global warming, Mother Nature has declared war on us. There have been floods, earthquakes and mega storms. Italy is under water. Most of California is underwater, as is Texas. I wish that more had been said about what happened to the other states and countries. It is briefly touched on while the competition is going on – there’s a horrible typhoon in China – but not much else is said. All you know is that the climate is bad and getting worse every day so the the world has come up with this plan to venture to space, in this case Jupiter’s moon Europa, to find a new world that we can inhabit.
And because teenagers are so young and space travel will age them, they’ve chosen twenty-four candidates who will compete for their spot in the Final Six. At first it sounds a lot like The Hunger Games meets Space Camp. Only there’s not as much death. The teenagers aren’t really out for blood – well, not all of them – and what befalls some of the contestants seems to be the result of RRB – the bacteria someone brought back from Europa that the contestants get injected with to make sure their bodies can handle it. This sparks Naomi – girl genius from California and who really doesn’t want to be there – to research what exactly the RRB is. And the answer? Well, if you were expecting not to have a conspiracy in this book you’re wrong.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. I will round this up to four on Goodreads, but this book wasn’t all that bad. It was interesting, and I liked the idea of their being a competition for who gets to make it to space. I’m curious about the conspiracy. I’m curious to see what Leo is going to do now. But I wasn’t that much of a fan of Leo and Naomi’s romance. It was way too soon for them to be declaring love for each other. But then again, the world is ending so why not?
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