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The Last 8

(The Last 8 #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,269 ratings  ·  290 reviews
A high-stakes survival story about eight teenagers who outlive an alien attack—perfect for fans of The 5th Wave

Clover Martinez has always been a survivor, which is the only reason she isn't among the dead when aliens invade and destroy Earth as she knows it.

When Clover hears an inexplicable radio message, she's shocked to learn there are other survivors—and that they're
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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C.G. Drews
Deleting my review and opinion (it was mostly praise and I was only critical about one specific rep that I also belonged to) because being subtweeted and harassed by author/her readers is unacceptable.
Laura Pohl
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
if I don't rate if 5 stars who will amirite

Content warning: Clover struggles with both PTSD/depression, and even discusses a suicide attempt.

There are several LGBT characters, and Clover, the main character, is bisexual/aromantic (it's an ownvoices story).

05.28.2018 update: My cover is live! It also has an excerpt from the first chapter if you want to read it.

Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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While reading this book in preparation for the ARC I received for the sequel, I was thinking to myself, "Books like these are why the three-star rating exists." It's a good book but not a particularly memorable; this is the type of fast-paced, brain candy that you consume on a flight or keep in your purse and then immediately forget about once you're done. Does that mean the book is bad? No. Does that mean the writing is terrible? No. It
Rafael Fulanetti
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! I was breathless and I couldn't let go of it until it was finished.

The characters are so real and interesting. I was eager to have more and more information about them and watch their interactions. It's fun, it has drama, a well structured story, aliens , spaceships and friendship.

Go buy this book as soon as it lands the market. I promise you won't regret it!

Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! Laura has a fresh writing and she managed to create awesome characters. It's diverse, funny, but also emotional. I loved Clover, but my favorite one is Iolanthe. Full of plot twists and almost no romance, it's the alien adventure I wanted. Friendships takes a big role on this book, just like family. There are physics, adventure and spaceships. Everyone is so clever! She put together an incredible group of people with the same goal.

This book is a must read and I can't wait f
Sofia Soter
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I knew I was going to love this, but I had no idea how much. the story, the characters, the writing (and some passages in particular) will stay with me for a long time. my heart is now bursting with love, pride and a spark of much-needed hope.

read this as soon as you can, I promise you it's worth it.
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Trigger Warning: Suicidal Ideations, Suicide

2.5 stars

Clover is one of the few remaining humans left after a brutal alien invasion.

One of eight, actually.

And she wants to fight back. To take back the Earth. Make the aliens pay.

Hmmmmmmmmph. That's my feeling on this book.

On the one hand, it wasn't bad. It had just the right amount of action, intensity and emotion to be enjoyable, with characters who were ethnically and sexually diverse (in addition to being Latina, I think that Clover was also ar
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aro-ace, sapphic
I cried TWICE reading about teenagers and aliens and friendship so, like, read this too as soon as it comes out maybe?
Vicky Again
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I sped through this way faster than I expected, especially given that

(1) I was not in a sci-fi mood (I want to read more romance right now)
(2) I read 50% while sitting in direct sunlight, sweating sunblock and sweat profusely
(3) Did I mention that I really wanted to read a romance novel?

BUT. I actually really enjoyed this. As much as I love romance-focused books, I greatly dislike books with other main plots that decide to pick up romance too, and I wholeheartedly stand by the idea th
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for the opportunity to review this book!

I want to start my review off with this: The Last 8 is a book that you aren't going to want to miss this year. This book is being marketed for fans of The 5th Wave and anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE that book and movie with all my heart. The Last 8 exceeded all of my expectations. Filled with finding friendships, aliens, finding yourself in the face
Robson Gabriel

Laura Pohl is a breathe of fresh air in YA science fiction, her book should
definitely be on everyone's radar.

With strong and diverse characters, Laura's narrative is something new and unique. It got me always wanting more and more about the Aliens and the teenagers survivors. Theres always a element of suprise in her writing.

The Last 8 is told in Clover's point of view. She needs to deal with the end of the world as she knew it, the loss of her grandparents and
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it

Umm, where to even start? This book should become a movie.

The plot was really good and the mysterious aspects where very intriguing. This book just wasn’t it for me.

I really don’t know why I didn’t like this book that much. It was such a good book, but for some reason I don’t feel a connection with it. It think it has to do with the characters. I felt like the book was rushed, and I never really got to understand the characters or get to even like them. The main character Clover, ugh I di
Solaine Chioro
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Woah. You know what, I thought I was over post-apocalyptic YA stories. I didn't like Divergent, The 5th Wave, Under the Never Sky but The Last 8 proved me very wrong - what a phenomenal, exciting, and brilliant book!

- Follows Clover, an aromantic Mexican-American teen who is one of the last survivors on Earth following the deadly invasion of aliens. When she finds another group of teens hiding away in Area 51, Clover will discover that not everyone wants to fight back - until she finds a spaces
Kelli Wilson
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-finish
This is a young adult science fiction novel. It's basic premise is bad aliens attack earth, killing everyone and ....wait for it...only 8 survive! (That's not a spoiler folks, that's in the title.) There are a few themes taken from some of the major movies, but they aren't overwhelming or disruptive to the plot. The characters are all interesting making them unique in their own ways. There are no major romances included in the story, which I normally prefer to be included, however, that was not ...more
Sci-Fi & Scary
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. There is potential, but it is never fulfilled. It is an entertaining read, but a forgettable one.

'The Last 8' features an aromantic lead, and subsequently a complete lack of love triangles. I am not aromantic but was able to sympathize. Honestly, though,  I think anyone who had anything that marked them as 'different' while a teen can appreciate Clover's feelings. Clover is Latina, which is a rare thing to find in a mass market book, so that's another point
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-ya, sci-fi
Okay. This book surprised me in so many levels. I've read other things from Laura, so I knew I would like it, but this was very different.
This book has everything I love in sci-fi stories: aliens, a realistic narrative, well-developed characters who have to deal with extreme situations...
I love every character and I love their arcs and relationships. I'm looking forward to see them again in the next book!
But I think what makes me love this book so much is that even though it's about literally
Shorouk Abd Elhamid
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc
Okay just WOW, I didn't see all that coming
. The story is brilliant. I will divide the review into two pieces : one for the first 40℅ and other for the rest of the book.

First part of review:
While reading this novel,  I was just thinking that this was the most realistic imagination of what would really happen with aliens. The author had good writing style although sometimes I skipped the details.It was absolutely a fast read .I decided to read the first chapter only and I found myself near 100
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
"[A] young Latina pilot who finds herself grounded and alone after a devastating alien attack" UM HOW ABOUT HECK YES?
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


This was fun, and full of excitement! I think the comparisons to The Fifth Wave are perfect, but also, it's still completely different- in a good, yet dark way.

Things I Liked:

•This book could (and should!) be a movie. The author wrote it in such a way that I could genuinely picture Clover and the situations she was in. I could see how flawlessly scenes would change, etc. And
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
Imagine War of the Worlds meets a psychological examination on the survivors of the alien invasion. Imagine the survivors are all teens. This is the premise Laura Pohl brings us with The Last 8. A young Mexican-American teen named Clover Martínez is coming back from her school’s science fair when an alien invasion commences. No one knows what they are or why they’re on Earth, until the aliens start attacking the population. Slowly, but surely, Clover’s friends and family all die, leaving her to ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-release
You can find this review on Happy Indulgence!

My abeulo says that there are people who belong to the earth, and others, like us Martinezes, belong to the sky.

The Last 8 is a dazzling, sky-soaring debut from Laura Pohl. Featuring a Latina main character who is bisexual and aromatic (like me!!), it promises a fast-paced, stand-alone sci-fi adventure where eight teens are left standing in the middle of an alien invasion. I believe this book is also #ownvoices, but I’m not sure to which aspects o
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
If you like aliens, you’ll like this one. I’m not a big fan, but it seemed good, so I wanted to read it... It was somewhat an enjoyable read, with the right amount of action or emotional scenes, but at the same time... many things are unbelievable and left me sceptical. In the end, the sceptical feeling was the strongest, so I’m giving it 2 stars. But like I said, if you like aliens, you’ll like this one.

I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Claudie Arseneault
tw suicide and suicide ideation, family deaths, mass extinction

I wanted to love this book. It sounded like good tropy alien fun with a bi aro latina MC and a large crew. I watched each character art & portrait being revealed on twitter with growing excitement, and I started the day it released (I very rarely do that). So I really wish the set-up wasn't my favourite part of it. It's not awful, it just… didn't get me on board, I guess? None of the twists surprised me, I found myself disliking impo
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Clover was like looking at a little piece of myself in the mirror. Clover is an aromantic Latina pilot, but she's a survivor. Forced to survive on her own for six months traveling around the US in the devastated wasteland, Clover arrives in Area 51 used to surviving on her own. Her hope is what has allowed her to survive every day, the loneliness, the hopelessness, the bleak survi
J.D. DeHart
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for young adult readers (and those of us who just enjoy YA lit), this book has action and science fiction adventure in well-written form. A text I would gladly share with my students or sit back and delve into myself.
 Valentína Cardon
Mar 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
An author that will subtweet you for not leaving a completely stellar review is not worth reading. People have had to delete reviews because of this and that's so trashy.

Let people leave their honest opinions so readers can be informed before they buy.
Lisa Mandina
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This was a really good science fiction story that I'm happy to see is going to have a sequel. It left off in a way that we need it! Although it definitely led up to the very end as if it cold be a standalone, the ending left us hanging, not knowing what would happen! You get a lot of how it starts from the synopsis above. But the way the aliens destroy humans is really pretty terrifying, and then how that in turn affects any humans that they don't kill is scary on its own! We're left w
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great sci-fi read with great representation, solid romantic and friendly relationships full of honesty and openness (for the most part), and a suspenseful plot. 4.5 rounded down because the ending was a little slapdash and confusing.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm always up for a good alien invasion story.  When you toss in Area 51, a handful of surviving teens, and an adorable canine named Sputnik, it becomes a must read for me.  

This book gives the reader just enough time to care about Clover before throwing her in front of the aliens, so the pacing gets off to a good start.  It slows a bit once she reaches Area 51 due to drama between her and the other teens before picking up again.  I felt like there was some character inconsistency on Clover's pa
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Laura Pohl was born in Braunschweig, Germany to Brazilian parents who love to travel. She has spent most of her life in Curitiba, Brazil, moved to live in the other side of the world in Sydney, Australia and currently resides in São Paulo. She majored in Literature in the University of São Paulo, and now works as a freelance editor. She discovered her writing passion after winning a contest on wri ...more

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