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The Life Below

(The Final Six #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  804 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Listening time 5 hours 59 minutes

As Naomi lifts off into space and away from a rapidly deteriorating Earth, she watches the world fade away, and along with it Leo, a Final Six contestant she grew close to during training. Leaving Earth behind is hard, but what’s ahead, on Europa, could be worse. The International Space Training Camp continues to hide the truth about what h
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by HarperTeen
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lucia h. omg SAME I finished the first and i can't believe I'm going to have to wait!! now that its december though it's not as long of a wait. thank god
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
3.5 stars

Teen angst, alien stuff, space, death, sabotage, and kissing.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Karen’s Library
Guys... I LOVE this series! I just finished this in one sitting as I couldn’t stop reading. If you’re a fan of the Illuminae books, I think you’d enjoy this series.

Naomi, along with 5 of her brilliant International Space Training Camp classmates, and two AI’s, lift off on the spaceship Pontus to head to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, to begin the years long mission to start colonization of the ice moon as Earth deteriorates. Their mission to begin the terraforming process is imperative so that the Ear
Sara Strand
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YOU GUYS. If you haven't read the first book, The Final Six, you cannot start this one. It really wouldn't make sense, just go back and read it. I promise you'll fly through it. This book though? HOLY CRAP, it was so good. I stayed up all night reading this, and if you're a fan of the Hunger Games/Divergent model of adults with ulterior motives manipulating teenagers who end up being smarter, then this is your next read. Naomi is an amazing, strong female lead (even with her panic attacks!), and ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
February 24, 2020:

➝ Sum it up in points!

✔ the final six travel to Europa
✔ cliffhanger is done justice
✔ racial diversity
✔ obstacles in the dark space
✔ fearful yet hopeful occurrences

The Life Below is a sequel that instils the notion of second books in a series raising the standards; it picks up right from the wonderful cliffhanger that turned the last page of The Final Six. Paced across three parts that showcase the journey of these teenagers through space, this science-fiction incorporates gene
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still in the realm of disbelief that these teenagers can know so much and be held responsible for for so much. They are tasked with saving the world, yet breakdown at the drop of a hat. I guess adults do that too. lol However, if you go above that and just enjoy the novel at face value, it is good. I can't say I love Naomi and Leo as much as some... I think they are both immature, while trying super hard to be uber mature, but there is something that still draws me to them. I wish the other ...more
Apr 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, scifi
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Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very nice continuation of the first book, most of it took place outside of Earth and we got to explore some very cool stuff. I still love the relationship between Naomi and Leo, they're adorable and I want them to be happy. This novel still left a lot of questions answered though and maybe even had some potential plot holes? Anyway, I'm ready for the sequel and I hope it comes quicker this time!
Laura (bbliophile)
Jan 17, 2020 marked it as to-read-low-priority  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
I loved The Final Six when I read it last year and for some reason I completely missed the announcement for this book? So when I saw it on twitter I just assumed it was just announced and it'd take a year or two to be published but??? It's coming out next month???? I'M GOING TO SCREAM
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
Cosmé di Angelo
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still don’t like the first chapter, very random. I didn’t think this book was as good as the first and didn’t like the ending. I’m kinda confused on what happened at the end as it felt very rushed. I want to know how different characters are doing but it ends abruptly. It definitely felt like a second book in a trilogy but the ending doesn’t exactly hint at a third book, maybe a spin-off but not a third directly.
This book came out a few years after the first and in that time I forgot most of th
Lisa Mandina
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review to come. But really 4.5 stars. Plus, I need another book. I mean I get it, but there’s still more. I mean I still think the two guys in charge are not good guys.
Kate✨ (Queen Kate the Brave of Narnia)
Here's the thing: I really, really wanted to love this duology more. It had all the elements that interest me: a failing Earth, a mission to find another home for the humans, and a (supposedly) real look on love and loss. It sounded a lot like Interstellar, which is one of my favorite movies (if not my all-time favorite) so I was down for it! However, the execution of these elements really irked me. The way the author wrote them made me really turn off.

Objectively, this isn't a bad duology. It h
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This. This was what I wanted when I made it a goal to read more science fiction. The second—and final book—to The Final Six blew it’s predecessor out of this world. Yes, I know what I just said. Seriously though, this felt like an entirely different book. One I would have liked at least two more of. It fixes the issues I had with the first, is much darker (like I wanted) and dabbles with a little bit of horror.

I’ll start with the resolved issues. What kept The Final Six from being the science f
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club and HarperTeen for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

This book has me seriously obsessed with science fiction novels now. I usually have a hard time with them because I feel like I can’t understand all of the science involved in it – most of the time anyway – and
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, must-reads
this book really... swept me off my feet and had me squealing at 2 am.
it was worth it, but i wanted a bIT more closure then what was provided. but, all in all, this book was amazing, wonderfully written, a perfect pace, and the transition between the two books was perfect in my opinion.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m honestly so sad to rate this book so low. I had such high hopes for this series, but it just fell so flat for me.

Without giving any spoilers, The Life Below ended up being unsatisfying and uninteresting. The events of the novel felt rushed and only seemed to really get interesting at the end. So many questions were left unanswered and I don’t believe there will be a third to this series.

I’m especially disappointed because I had such interest in the story. The premise is fascinating and I k
Shannon Holley Scott
The ending???

I'm so upset. I need the next installment immediately. I have questions.

Sydney flops backward on my bed, looking as exhausted by all this as I feel.
“What have we gotten ourselves into here?”
“To think, I just wanted to be a plain old doctor when I grew up,” she gripes. “Now look at me. I’m—I’m in a giant machine flying through outer space, strategizing about aliens with a girl who, just three days ago, I thought wa
Amanda Allen
The Life Below is the sequel to The Final Six and I would highly recommend you read the first book in order to understand this one. If you are a fan of The 100, Divergent Series or even Interstellar, then you will LOVE this.

Quick recap: The world is quickly becoming destroyed by water and it’s a countdown until humanity is completely gone. The government has initiated a program to train and send 6 teenagers to the moon Europa to try and sustain human life there. Naomi was chosen and Leo was not
Lizzy Li
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lizzy by: Saisha
4.5 bc i dont think it was a 5 but also wanted to round up bc it made me Feel

this book. i-

saisha i have no words. you really recommended this book to me and said ~make it enough~

wait i lied i do have a few meagre words. i Felt a lil too much when reading this. might have had a small cry :O
also felt like a senior citizen bc i was having a heart attack super often from all the plot twists going on! had to take a few steps back and go for a walk (to the washroom and kitchen) quite a few times. also
This is a great follow-up to The Final Six. Action, suspense, aliens - it's chock full and the typical bad guys aren't in league with the other bad guys, and in the end they all have good intentions. It was a lot of fun.

The author isn't bad as a narrator for the audiobook. You can tell she has some experience with performance, and that comes through. She's not the best I've ever heard, but she was certainly above average and on a par with several narrators I prefer.

James Fouhey is really, really
Rachel Thomas
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one better than 'The Final Six', just because the story is set among the stars.
When dealing with heartache, I have found that it's best for me to read stories set in space.
It makes me realise that the problems I feel, are only teeny tiny in comparison to the large universe. It offers a different perspective.

Furthermore, I loved the descriptions of Jupiter when on Europa. I came out of the story thinking 'wait, what?! I'm back on Earth? What the... ' :p
Rachel Tiku

not as good as the first book but still enjoyed :)

if you like sci-fi (specifically space themed) like the 100 or the martian, you’ll probably enjoy this duology!

even more interesting to read after spending so much time researching space for shad hehe (shoutout to my shad friends <3)

i enjoyed the characters a lot more in the first book, i found them to be annoying at times in this sequel. ok that’s all bye
Jamie K
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I say I raced through the 1st book and then this one, I couldn't stop reading! Except for the couple of nights that I started having nightmares of tsunamis and failed space missions but besides those nights, couldn't stop reading! If you like YA, space travel, science, and interested in an environmental war on earth (global warming is real) just read these books!
A.R. Hellbender
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book is so intense! The first one was already so good, but this one was somehow even better. Both books really keep you guessing about what’s really going on, and are full of twists right up to the very end.
Danielle Zimmerman
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-hypable
THE LIFE BELOW picks up where THE FINAL SIX left off in terms of plot but, unlike its predecessor that was charged with setting up the world and laying a lot of context groundwork, picks up the pace and is a nonstop thrill ride from start to finish.
Meya o_O
I love these books and hope and pray that they make a sequel. This book sadden me a little because of certain things that happened (will have to read the book to understand), but I really liked it. Some things did seem a little far-fetched, but it was nothing that you wouldn't expect from a YA Sci-FI novel. Overall I liked it a lot, perhaps better than the first and would highly reccommend it.
Shayla Kopp
This was an epic ending but definitely left me wanting more. I'm hoping there will be a third book to really round out this series! It definitely ends on a cliff hanger so I'm hoping for some more resolution! But overall a great book, I enjoyed it just as much if not more than the first!
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