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The First 7

(The Last 8 #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  57 reviews
In the thrilling conclusion to the Last 8 duology, the Last Teenagers on Earth return home to find a colony of survivors who aren’t who they seem

Clover Martinez and the Last Teenagers on Earth are busy exploring the galaxy after leaving earth behind...even if they are homesick. So when their ship receives a distress signal from their former home, they hope against hope th
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Laura Pohl
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
in the publishing/quarantine haze forgot to review this. personally, i think it's neat. 5 stars for sure, there's a cute dog. ...more
Sofia Soter
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how Laura did it, but The First 7 might be even better than The Last 8 (which you all know I loved to pieces). I cried nonstop for the last few chapters, out of so much love and hope (and a tiny bit of pride for this wonderful writer girlfriend I have). ...more
The Nerd Daily
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasha Leigh

So The First 7 picks up where The Last 8 finished off. Kind of… Clover and her merry band of misfits have found each other and come face to face with the revelation that is their survival. Old friends have fallen (and risen) and the crew is off gallivanting around the countryside. For the past 6 months, they have travelled widely and taken in the sights. But now they have detected another distress beacon, coming from close to Clover’s
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm so lucky to have had this opportunity to read The First 7 by Laura Pohl since The Last 8 was one of my favorites of 2019. I'm glad to report that somehow the finale to this duology is somehow much better - I think I need more stars. If only the series wasn't over because I'd gladly spend more time with everyone. If you haven't picked up this duology and you're a fan of The 5th Wave and Independence Day, I can't recommend it en
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
actual rating: 3.5/5

well, if you didn't LOVE the last 8 with all your heart and soul, don't waste your time reading this. it's an unnecessary sequel that does nothing to expand the story 🤷🏻‍♀️
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aro-ace
Once again crying a lot reading about teenagers and aliens and friendship (and this time also because of a DOG which is a nice addition). I really love how The Last 8 duology is all about friendship and hope. Laura just keeping doing that (making me cry).
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I adored The Last 8, and while I liked how it it ended, I always love books answering the "what comes after [we saved the world}?" question.

Read this review and more on the blog!

Content warnings include: post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, flashbacks to suicide attempts, imprisonment, exclusion of people for not being "normal", meeting absent parent for the first time; mentions of death of parent, absent parent, death.

I loved Clover in the first book, and I
4.5 stars

The only reason this is getting half a star less than the previous book is because it didn't surprise me or blow my mind as much, but that's the thing with sequels, it's harder to be awed by something you're kind of expecting.

It was still so very good, though. The plot was weird, not gonna lie, but good weird, and I didn't expect anything less after The Last 8. I still loved the characters, and I enjoyed the conflicts between them because it just made a lot of sense. The mental illness
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


I quite enjoyed The Last 8 when I read it last year. I thought it would make an awesome movie, and I stand by that, and I add to it, because I think that this sequel would make a pretty badass movie as well.

This is an even harder than usual sequel to review (and as you know, I frequently find them difficult!) because of how massively spoilery it would be for me to tell you, oh, anyth
Clover and the remaining teenagers are drawn back to Earth by a distress call, but once there they find themselves trapped. Things are not as they seem and the Last Teenagers will have to pull together if they're going to survive.

This is quite a different beast from the first book. That one was about survival; this is mostly a mystery, and some characters are sidelined for most of it. I read it all, but I wasn't very engaged and I didn't feel like I would miss it if I put it down. It's still a g
The conclusion to The Last 8. Clover and the group are back for the final stand. A fitting ending to well written young adult science fiction novels.
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this novel.
Warnings: (as mentioned in book) mention of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, a panic attack, and PTSD

Rep: aromantic bisexual Latina main character; queer and PoC secondary characters

The First 7 has an unexpected twist to the ending of The Last 8, which was well concluded on its own, with the 7 Last Teenagers on Earth returning and finding out that Earth wasn't as empty as they thought. They had been zipping through space for seven months, seeing the sights, mingling with other aliens, re
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: Panic attack, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, PTSD,

The allure of home is one that defies logic and reason. Books, scholars, and poets have all grappled with this notion of home. Our complex histories with home wondering where our home lies. The First 7 concludes The Last 8 Duology. While The Last 8 was about what to do when humans were faced with the end of the world, Th
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
The first half of the book was not as engaging as the first book, it had action and it had some interesting interactions between these characters I've learned to love in the past couple of days but overall it wasn't making me excited about the book.
The second half gets better, it has mystery and action and even some drama; it surprised me positively.
Overall I didn't love the sequel as much as the first, but I liked it, and the ending was very hopeful, which warmed my heart.
Still think both b
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Likes: Marcello is a good father for Clover, and I'm glad they met up.
Loved the comedy with Sputnik
Dislikes: I wish Castor wasn't so caught up in the past, or he could've been a good character
Wondered why the types of crystals didn't affect different people besides Andy
Overall Impression: A solid sequel to an amazing first book. This had action and drama, was filled with twists and turns, and when the ending came around, I was mostly satisfied. I love that the author made Andy mostly human again
*I received an ARC from Netgalley

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This book is the sequel to THE LAST 8, which I wholeheartedly recommend you read! It handles themes of suicide ideation and depression, but this is just such a good duology. For my review on the first book, click here!

The moment I picked up this ARC, I kind of figured I might end up reading the whole thing in one day.

And I did.

If the first book is about survival, this book is about recovery and moving through the past to have
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The 100 but with aliens!


I thought I was being brave for saving the world. For surviving the aliens, for going out into space. For saving my planet. No one ever said I was brave to keep living.

The First 7 picks up not long after the ending of The Last 8. The Last Teenagers on Earth have ended an alien invasion that wiped out most of humanity and have left them to the stars trying to find a place where they could call home. Unfortunately, not all of the Universe is so welcoming. And then,
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The conclusion to The Last 8. Clover and the group are back for the final stand. A fitting ending to well written young adult science fiction novels.
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this novel.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The First 7 is the ending to the Last 8 and oh my gosh was it an ending. All the things they suffered thru in the last book must be dealt with in this one. Clover and Violet lead two groups this book and it shows how things transpire for them. The LGTQA is still represented and overall this was a fitting end.

I can't give too much away but if you loved the First 8 I think that you will love the final to it.
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I really liked The First 7, and thought it was much better than the first book!  It's a great sequel, and I'm glad I read it.

I liked the first book, enough to pick up the sequel.  This book picks up several months after the last book, and we see our young survivors travelling across space.  Because of Andy, they get this warning that they are not safe anywhere, and find themselves back on earth because of a distress signal.  Earth is not the same place it was
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After 7 months exploring the galaxy, Clover Martinez and her friends (who were essentially the last teenagers on
Earth), are feeling a little misplaced. They believe Earth is empty of human life and there is nothing left there for them to return to, but when they receive a distress call from their home planet, they investigate.

This isn't a unanimous decision, as Violet is against returning home, but she is over ruled and they soon land back in the state of Wyoming where Clover grew up. Despite t
Casey Carlisle
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I enjoyed this more than the debut. I think with the ridiculous aliens out of the picture and the story starting out in space, it constructed a world deep in sci-fi, rather than a dystopian earth facing an alien threat, that slight shift in the tone of the narrative allowed me to shed preconceived notions and really get into the story.

The characters did feel a little more grown up – we still get moments of teenage melodrama, but it seems the war and travel in the stars ha
Jul 22, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m sorry to say I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. There were phrases throughout that seemed like an afterthought, for example the sentence “An alien at space Hot Topic recommended it to me.” I didn’t find those sorts of remarks to be realistic or necessary. I do love Clover’s character, the LGBTQ+ aspect deepens the story. She has a very strong personality and isn’t like very many female characters. That said, a lot of the characters in the story were sidelined and had ver ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
After reading The Last 8, it’s fair to say I was absolutely dying to get my hands on this one and the beginning did not disappoint.

It starts on an alien beach! An alien beach! It does not get any better. Except it does: an alien beach where the aliens worship dogs as gods!

The aftermath of what they suffered through in the last book is still something that they have to deal with and one of the big themes of this book is mental health and getting help.

Something I really liked as well as that the a
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
I thought initially that I liked this book more than the first; I generally like this type of plot more, and I like reading groups falling apart and then back together. But I think the individual friendship dynamics are much less present here, and that was one of the best parts of the first book, so I'm not sure. It's much more about the group and how the group is fracturing here. (But also, Sputnik is plot-relevant, and I continue to adore her.)

Clover's interactions with Heidi and (view spoiler
Anjali Bhanaria
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
S.E. Doster
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, LGBT sci-fi page-turner, and the conclusion to Pohl's duology. (Sequel to The Last 8)

**Pohl does a respectful and realistic job discussing topics of depression & PTSD.

It's been seven months since the Last Teenagers on Earth stopped the alien threat, and the teens have been traveling through space. But a distress signal sends the teens back to Earth, leaving them searching for survivors and questioning their place in the universe.

However, life on Earth isn't what it seems. Survivors
Final score: 95 (amazing) somehow better than the first one???

After leaving earth the last surviving humans travel the stars until they receive a distress signal coming from Earth. In the hope of finding other survivors, they return home.

I don't know if I have anything new to say, my thoughts from the first book are pretty much the same here; Clover is a fantastic character, her dog's cute, Violet is great here too. It's a fun and fast-paced alien invasion/survival story. And the ending made me
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed "The First 7" and actually liked it more than "The Last 8."

Where the first book felt like a slow burn that was taking forever, this one sat in the comfortableness of doing nothing (like the Harry Potter Golden Trio going camping in the last book but MUCH MUCH BETTER) and making you feel uneasy about it.

There were bits that felt too short and bits that felt a bit too long. I'm pleased the author was able
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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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