The Final Six
Release Date: March 6th 2018
When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition. For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk. As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.
The concept of this book, at least the Earth side of the plot, was a little scary. The mission to Jupiter’s moon with teenagers as the main hope, even genius teenagers, might have been a little far fetched, but the natural disasters hitting Earth and making such a mission necessary felt very likely. I’ve been enjoying all the Sci-Fi coming out this year and I think that with so much of the book being set on Earth, it stood out a little. At first this book felt very similar to Nyxia, a book I loved last year, but after finishing it, I think the two series will end up going in different directions.
The two main characters, Leo and Naomi, were good characters but it felt like the more they became involved with helping each other, the less we got the see any of the other teens. Besides Beckett, an antagonist of the group of teens, no one else really got the chance to stand out. There was definitely potential with some of them to be very interesting supporting characters if they’d been given a little more to work with. I did like the contrast in the way Leo and Naomi viewed the mission. It added an interesting dynamic to their relationship as they worked to help each other even though they didn’t necessarily agree.
I liked that there was so much science involved in the plot. I was expecting some but the book was full of it, written in a way that wasn’t overwhelming but still always present. I have no clue how accurate the science was but I liked that it was there. There were some plot twists and some did manage to surprise me but I did find I could predict a lot of what was happening. It was a solid first book and I will be interested in checking out the sequel.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.