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The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
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Earth is now ravaged with megastorms that beat against the cities on the coasts all around the world. As those cities are flooded one by one, humanity finds they are no longer safe on the earth. Scientists and astronauts work together to prepare a final six for a mission to Jupiter's Moon to terraform a new beginning. When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, an Iranian science genius from California, are 2 of 24 teenagers drafted for this training, they will have to decide if they will trust those in charge with Earth's final hope...


The short review...

This isn't a new concept... its a classic dystopian setup and yet I am a TOTAL sucker for these kind of stories. If this sounds at all like you then you'll probably enjoy this... that's because the science is actually one of the strongest parts of the story!! Yes, the weaknesses were mostly all due to character and choices by those in charge that flat don't fit what's needed for a terraforming operation. (I.E. many of the dramatic moments were contrived to get a specific outcome.) BUT I just loved the training!! I loved the conditioning that they had to go through... that was a very natural danger.

The dual POV really worked for me this time... I quite LOVED Leo. I loved his excitement and his hope and how he remained a team player the entire time. His love was quite instalove but it offset so perfectly... Everything I hated about Naomi. Now I really wanted to like her, I really did. A smart and savy, caring equalist plus diverse! YES! But she just whined and whined and felt like she was the opposite of everyone else in a contrived way. Even so I respected her to a point UNTIL the end... that was just a mess, it made no story sense and the premise just collapses. It actually made me quite mad, because THE SCIENCE WORKS! IT WORKS!


Cover & Title grade -> B+

Flat out, this cover works. It's about the stars and the typography gives a little character... I can't hate it and it does draw you in some. Knowing the story now, I can see a cover with a space picture of Jupiter's Moon... that is what the story is all about and is the goal of the final six! Though I think the thing that puts me off just a little about the cover is its so serious and feels like a cover for a book that is too close for comfort... I can also envision a hand drawn cover broken into quadrants that showcases some of the best training moments in the book and highlights its robots and the astronaut angle!


Why was I MAD at this book...?

Astronauts are Team Players, damnit!
Okay we as a society are pretty versed in what happens in space because we've seen all the movies... We KNOW in space the only people who would be sent up are TEAM PLAYERS. Even if an individual's skills make him a better candidate, a team player will ALWAYS go before him if he is weak in this area. That's because FACT... if even one person can’t trust another then the mission will probably fail... At the beginning much was made of this fact, but it didn't carry all the way out to the end! Instead of making Leo and Naomi's rivals work TO BE team players and beat them at this, stereotype mean boy tropes were suddenly thrust in at the end.

Why Only Six?! When 12 Teenager Brains are Better?!
Okay so the science worked as science... but it didn't work well with the story... Instead of a MAJOR proponent being the kids reaction to their injections, this was only a deal as a side element, mid story plot development to get rid of one of the draftees. Why not instead, at the end take TWO of each officer (because they both adjusted to the injections)?! Keep them competing who would take first chair and second chair. This is what happens in orchestras all the time. They MUST work together and put aside their differences but they ALSO compete to out perform each other to take that #1 spot. This would have turned the MEAN BOY TROPE on its head and kicked it into outer space!

Naomi Needed to Become an Equal to her Peers...
Okay so Naomi was super science girl, super leader girl, super hacker girl... basically she isn't the best physically but who cares anyway as her job is all the other stuff! AND she was the only one with family! It was her contrived motivation to NOT want to be there... and I don't understand why the "evil" scientists in charge didn't TAKE CARE OF THAT PROBLEM! They did all manner of unethical stuff but giving Naomi a reason to NOT want to stay on earth... why would they do that to their star LEADER who fights them the whole time!? There were convenient storms all the time...


As a Writer...

Stereotypes and worm tropes are a dime a dozen... we see them all the time, even in books that WOW us! They aren't criminals but they do need to be handled with some finesse. Treat them right and they can become stars!! Each one of the trouble ideas in this story had a mishandled trope or stereotype at its core...

NO MORE MEAN BOYS/GIRLS!! Come on!! There is so much just plain old competition with honorable people that can be just as compelling and actually be MORE relatable as teenagers deal with that everyday!

SHOW A BETTER WAY!! Yes, the mean boy/girl trope is great to show a contrast of how we shouldn't be to how we should be... but its very black and white when LIFE IS GREY PEOPLE! No person is just good or just bad (as perfect as Naomi was made to appear), its an ongoing process and as teenagers become adults they need to understand there are other ways we can be... working together as a team, while still wanting to be the best you can IS POSSIBLE!

COMMIT TO YOUR STORY DETAILS! If a character is unethical and has seriously hurt people then they will probably do so again, especially if it worked the first time like it did here. Commit to that, use it to create drama and give REAL MOTIVATIONS to the characters. If injections are what matters for the mission, then commit to the injections! Change some of the science, some of the protocals to fit the plot to make the science work for the greater good of the story!

There are some major missteps in this story, okay I acknowledge them, but I think this dystopia space story has some real potential... This IS a fast paced read and it isn't without drama... If you're willing to wade through a little contrivance I can see book 2 being a space spectacular!

⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity
⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style
⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing
⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐ World Building

BOTTOM LINE: Dual POV Space Dystopian with a cute instalove Romance!

Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.

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Reading Progress

February 21, 2018 – Started Reading
February 21, 2018 – Shelved
February 21, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
February 21, 2018 – Shelved as: genre-sci-fi
February 21, 2018 – Shelved as: fiction-young-adult
February 21, 2018 – Shelved as: rp-edelweiss
February 21, 2018 – Shelved as: series-book-1
February 21, 2018 –
1.0% "Wow! Rome is gone..."
February 21, 2018 –
14.0% "I like Leo!"
February 22, 2018 –
27.0% "So this setup is really slow... 20% just to get to the program with a lot of media time and marching bands. And 7% just for a tour. I like Leo but Naomi just whines and whines I can’t even sympathize with her at all!"
February 23, 2018 –
48.0% "The training is cool! Her roommate gets sick but won’t tell anyone. Naomi is coming out as the star of their group... she cares and supports each person."
February 23, 2018 –
99.0% "I quite hate Naomi... but I love Leo... the end wasn’t surprising... but I’m disappointed in how the story went... in space the only people who would be sent up are TEAM PLAYERS. If even one person can’t trust another then the mission will probably fail... I also don’t know why they’re limiting the team to 1 of each officer? They are populating a new planet... taking 2 of each only makes sense."
February 23, 2018 –
99.0% "Also Naomi is clearly the best leader and the only way to somewhat control crazy Beckett. The fact he was put in charge just means the # Kentish who has done unethical things to get his research carried out doesn’t care if some punk kid messes it up! Better to just murder Naomi’s family in a storm and make her passionate... then send Leo so she has a reason to succeed! The way it ended is crap..."
February 23, 2018 – Finished Reading
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: g-r-aliens
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: g-t-future
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: genre-coming-of-age
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: genre-diverse
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: genre-dystopian
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: genre-friendship
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: genre-romance-deliberately
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: imo-author-forced-story
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: imo-neat-premise
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: imo-preachy
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: imo-romance-instalove
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: imo-terrible-female-protagonist
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: imo-worthy-love-interest
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewed
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: review-wrote-add-later
February 28, 2018 – Shelved as: stars-3

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message 1: by Lola (new)

Lola Yeah I actually donated my copy of this one because I had a feeling it wouldn't be extremely memorable. Good to know it's enjoyable though! Love your review xo


Dani - Perspective of a Writer Lola wrote: "Yeah I actually donated my copy of this one because I had a feeling it wouldn't be extremely memorable. Good to know it's enjoyable though! Love your review xo"

Thanks Lola... Your gut wasn't too off... especially if you don't love instalove... <3


message 3: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Stacy Thanks for the review! Your final note: "BOTTOM LINE: Dual POV Space Dystopian with a cute instalove Romance!" definitely makes me not want to read this. So not my thing. Glad you found stuff to enjoy here! :)


Dani - Perspective of a Writer Melissa wrote: "Thanks for the review! Your final note: "BOTTOM LINE: Dual POV Space Dystopian with a cute instalove Romance!" definitely makes me not want to read this. So not my thing. Glad you found stuff to en..."

Yeah... sorry! I'm glad that my review helped you decide <3


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