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Future Leaders of Nowhere

(Future Leaders #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  108 reviews
"Finn’s solid. Not in body, but in being. She’s gravity and kindness and all those good things that anchor."

"Willa’s confusing. Sometimes she’s this sweet, sensitive soul. Other times she’s like a flaming arrow you hope isn’t coming for you."

Finn and Willa have been picked as team leaders in the future leader camp game. The usually confident Finn doesn’t know what’s throwi
ebook, 270 pages
Published March 15th 2017
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Lex Kent
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful YA novel! In fact one of the better YA books I have read in a while. For me a good YA novel makes you feel. And this book made me feel good. I had a stupid smile on my face for most of this book. This was really well written, and a joy to read.

This book is about a group of students, who go to a camp for future leaders. The camp is broken into groups, by the schools they go to. Each group is broken up into territories, some dictatorships, some democratic. Finn, is the leader of t
Ah-freaking-mazing!!! This book is beyond good. There is not a review that will do it justice, I will try, but I promise you it will fall well short of conveying how awesome this book truly is. Emily O'Beirne is a masterful writer, every single one of her books blows me away for so many reasons, dialogue, characters, tension, everything is hands down done to perfection. This book may be her best yet.

Finn is this amazingly grounded teenager. She is inherently good and people can see that from mi
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: y-a, p-o-c
I need to mention right off that I'm not a big fan of YA. Which is why I've avoided Ms. O'beirne's works for so long. But I couldn't help wondering if I was missing out on some outstanding writing, as all of my goodreads friends seem to love her to bits.

Future Leaders of Nowhere is all about a summer camp for select teen over-achievers who've been chosen based on something they excelled in. They take part in a game where teams pretend to be "tribes" jockeying for territory, resources and ultima
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just lovely.
And Willa might be my new Emily O'Beirne favorite character.

(And I mean might because Mia is also so ❤❤❤)
Well well well .... wasn't that a freakingly adorable story.

Yes, I felt like starting my review with three 'wells', so what ?

#1 F I N N
Headstrong Finn, sweet summer child Finn, loyal Finn, kind-hearted Finn ... yes I liked her, I think you understood that.
She was an extremely interesting character, someone I could easily relate to, because even though she's at a camp for 'future leaders' she doesn't forget who she is just to win this game, she stays true to herself. And also remind other people
I find it a little easier to write reviews when there are things I dislike about a book that I want to criticize, and this book is not one of those cases, so this one is just going to be a lot of compliments. I think the keyword for this review might be "naturally" because it just describes everything I loved about this book, and why she's such a good writer: nothing feels forced, rushed or unrealistic. It is the kind of YA book that you can recommend to people who strongly dislike YA; I can't i ...more
This is so sweet and cute and squee...

It's a really well written YA novel with two strong leads that manage to be functional in this dysfunctional world.

For those who care, the romance occurs between a young lesbian and a bisexual girl though their sexuality is more or less treated as a non-issue and just happens to be instead of the crux of the plot. No, in the closet anguish here, just two young women navigating their way through a survival world simulation camp with a fun supportive cast arou
This is the second book by Emily O'Beirne that I've read for a review, and since I like to keep these spoiler free, I can freely say that my last review stands for this book too.
Mrs. O'Beirne writes beautifully, she creates smart and detailed characters, realistic and just captivating. She brings an amazing writing style, enjoyable dialogue and soul to every word she's written down.
If that didn't convince you to pick this book up, then let me offer a few more reasons why: kick-ass main heroines,
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Future Leaders of Nowhere is about two strong, smart and multidimensional characters. Both Willa and Finn are two amazing leaders in very different ways. They start with a friendship that becomes a cute and hidden romance. However I don't think that their relationship is the most important thing in this book but how they relate to other people and how they look at themselves. Through the choices that they have to make and dilemmas that they have to face both characters become more strong and dee ...more
Bruna Accioly
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa this book is so good and emily o'beirne is such an amazing author and all of her books are so gooooddddddd and when you think you can't love a couple more than you love claire and mia bam finn and willa descend from heaven in the form of two pure angels to bless your heart and they're so perfect and it's all so good my face hurts and I am emotionally exhausted by my own giddiness and I just need to lay down and be done with life until the next book comes out thank you so ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How can one review a book that captures you so much you lost track of time? One moment is 11 pm and the next it's 3 am and you're finishing the book. Because you said yourself just one more chapter every time.

This book it's that good. You can't put it down. One you start, you want, need to keep reading to know what's next in Finn and Willa's world.

Finn and Willa found themselves in a Leaders camp with other teenagers who are smart or good at something. No one knows what to expect when they arri
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a well-written story combining intelligence, romance, and commitment to social responsibility all taking place in a three week 'future leaders' summer camp. The intelligence I mention is for the quality of the writing and concise descriptions, as well as the desriptions and thoughts of the two leads who clearly stand out from their peers in having quick intelligence, diligence and strong social responsibility as well.

The romance frequently plays second fiddle to the overall messages and
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: l-words
Detailed score: 4.0

I loved YA books when I was one but usually these days I avoid them like the plague - particularly in my (les)romance reads. I'd much prefer to read about adults coming together with their adult feelings and baggage and with a semi believable chance of being together forever.

So it was this resistance that has kept me from this book for so long, despite its accomplished author and rave reviews. What an error in judgement.

This book is sweet but not cloying, written in a realisti
Lexxi Kitty
This is the second book I’ve read by this author. Liked them both. First one I read involved a group of young women (I’d have said ‘friends’ but most were linked to one specific person who ended up not being able to go on the trip, instead of being friends of each other) taking a longish trip around . . . two or three continents (depending on whether or not coming from Australia should count, eh, probably not). They wandered Europe, and bits of Asia. I believe, if I recall correctly, that the yo ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You have to give it to Emily for delivering great books always. Didn't disappoint. And her books are highly recommended.
You just have to trust her and be patient.
Omg! Another Ice Queen! And yes, Willa is very much on my list. Kelly Gale is my Willa here. :p
I like Finn too but I like Willa more. They have different views and opinions but each got solid reasons.
I also like how they handled everything, very smart!
Hoping to get to know Kelly on the second book. I think she's also an interesting c
Kitty Kat
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emily O'Beirne has made me rethink the kind of books I like to read. YA is not usually my thing at all but I found myself completely drawn into the story of Finn and Willa and their summer camp adventure. The camp is for high achieving kids from various schools, who take part in an interesting team game that ends up making them really have to think. Finn and Willa find themselves drawn to each other and I found the effect this had went far beyond just the two of them. The writing was insightful ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emily O’Beirne is by far my favourite author. The characters she creates and the way they interact with one another is something I find very special and unique. I always find it extremely difficult dragging myself back into the real world after reading one of her stories because I feel so far pulled into the story that I feel like I’m there.

The idea of this story is fantastic and absolutely loved every second. I loved the way the POV was done split between the two, first half with Finn and the s
Jane Shambler
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ylva-pub, ya
This book is kinda hard to review. Reason being is that it's an excellent story and written really well. I just had a hard time getting into it. The book itself, I took along time to get into it and it became a chore. Until I reached half way and then everything fell into place and now I'm actually looking forward to the promised sequel. The book is based around two main characters, but the author introduces you to various other people who all add to the story and probably will continue to add i ...more
Charlotte Annelise
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very cute and enjoyable young adult romance. I seemed to read it fairly quickly and loved the progression of Finn's and Willa's characters. We get to read from both of their points of view's and this gives us a good insight into their experiences at the camp. Although, the first half of the book is Finn's story and then the next half was Willa's, so this made reading the novel for me slightly stilted. I became more connected to Finn than Willa and I was disappointed when I had to start ...more
Miriam Joy
This was much more enjoyable than the last book I read with a bi protag, and a lot more relatable than the last f/f book I read, so that's a win all round! Even if I did have to look up some details of the Australian school system because I was confused, and occasionally got thrown off by things like Spring in August and school holidays in September. Still. It was nice to read an Australian YA book because they're pretty rare and it makes a change from the millions set in the US. It's like a wei ...more
Linh Nguyen
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie, queer, young-adult
4.25 stars
I love YA a lot (I'm still young and like to think young :"). Aussie YA are the best among the best. This book has it all: scheme, adventure, angst, romance. I love how both main characters, Finn and Willa, are very complicated, multilayer human beings. They are smart, independent, brave and so much more. And the setting with overachieved, geeky, competitive peers? So relatable I can't even...
Sascha Broich
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
* ARC from Ylva for review *

I hope that this kind of camp is only fictional.
Really. I don't know anything about the Australian education system. But this kind of camp sounds disturbing. "Volunteering" fifteen and sixteen year olds to camp out nowhere, pitching them against each other without assistance and guidance sounds anything but helpful.
Be that as it may. At the start of the camp Finn is struggling with her family problems and her ex-relationship. So she doesn't really pay attention and le
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This was such a fantastic and enjoyable read! We have loads of diverse characters, a super sweet LGBTQ+ romance and some kickass female leaders and team mates! I would totally recommend it to anyone!!!!!!
I found little disappointing after reading so many positive reviews. It is still good, but not nearly as good as I was expecting.
Bree Paige
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: students, young-adult

Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Damn, that was good.
I got swept up by this story. The captivating camp setting, the amazing characters, the adorable romance and even the politics drew me in and kept me on my toes the whole time. I didn't know this was gonna be a series and I'm so glad it is because I cannot wait to see more of my two girls.
I'm so happy Netgalley introduced me to this author. And I'm gonna go add all her books now!
Galley provided by publisher

Rep: female bi mc, half Indian lesbian li

This book was so cute. Unfortunately, it often felt to me like there's not much more to it than that. Instead of having the camp with its political games as the central plot, and the romance the side plot, it has it the other way round, which leaves the side plot not so fully fleshed out as it could have been, and the romance is not quite strong enough to carry the book on its own.

The writing at times felt a little too much lik
I love love love this book so much, I make all my friends read it.

I started it for the YA love story, but very soon I was more invested in the all around plot than I anticipated. The camp plot is so well thought out and interesting and the characters are amazing.

When after the first half the perspective switched I had forgotten that the beginning said 'Part 1: Finn' - and I was surprised and a bit sad to leave Finns side of the story behind. I don't usually like switching perspectives. BUT it to
Katherine Jensen
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emily O'Beirne is fantastic at writing YA novels. The dialogue and plot are completely realistic. Her development of both Finn and Will was perfect. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book and Emily is an author folks should follow.

ARC received from Ylva in exchange for honest review
Sarah Kerry
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few books by this author now and she is a very solid writer. I always enjoy her stories and find myself loving the main characters.

This book is no different. I loved Willa and Finn. I especially loved how Willa started to trust Finn as their friendship grew.

I don't choose to read many YA books, however this author manages to get me to overlook that and I definitely look forward to her future books.

I highly recommend this book and all of Emily O'Beirne's other books.
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