The Final Six

The Final Six

by Alexandra Monir


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Set in the near future, this action-packed YA novel—already optioned by Sony Pictures—will take readers out of this world and on a quest to become one of six teens sent on a mission to Jupiter’s moon. This is the next must-read for fans of Illuminae andThe Martian.

When Leo and Naomi are drafted, along with twenty-two of the world’s brightest teenagers, into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever changed. Overnight, they become global celebrities in contention for one of the six slots to travel to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—and establish a new colony, leaving their planet forever. With Earth irreparably damaged, the future of the human race rests on their shoulders.

For Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, this kind of purpose is a reason to go on after losing his family. But Naomi, an Iranian-American science genius, is suspicious of the ISTC and the fact that a similar mission failed under mysterious circumstances, killing the astronauts onboard. She fears something equally sinister awaiting the Final Six beneath Europa’s surface.

In this cutthroat atmosphere, surrounded by strangers from around the world, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo. As the training tests their limits, Naomi and Leo’s relationship deepens with each life-altering 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062658944
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 65,095
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alexandra Monir is an Iranian-American author and recording artist. She is the author of the hit novel The Final Six as well as four other published young adult novels, including the bestselling time-travel romance Timeless. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about Alexandra, visit her online at


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The Final Six 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
thereadingchick 8 months ago
Weather catastrophes are destroying the Earth and many countries are now underwater from severe storms and typhoons. Leaders band together to finance a voyage to Europa and eventually colonize it. After the failure and death of the astronauts from the previous mission, it’s been determined that a younger group may have a better chance at survival. 24 teenagers from around the globe are drafted to compete at the International Space Training Camp for a place on the team of six people that will be sent to Europa. From the moment I picked this novel up I was enthralled by the action and intrigued by the mystery and had a hard time putting it down! Naomi is Iranian-American and a science genius. Before Earth’s self destruction she had dreams of going to NASA but now doesn’t want to leave her family behind. If she gets chosen as one of the final six, she’ll never see any of them again. Leo’s family and home were lost to a typhoon and this competition gives him a reason to be alive. His championship swimming skills were the reason he was chosen to be in the top 24 and he’s eager for the challenge in front of him. When strange things start happening he helps Naomi investigate the truth behind their mission. This was such a fun novel! I loved that Naomi an Iranian-American was so smart and seemed to be the only one who was questioning what they were training for.. there were so many question marks. She had strength, but with a sick younger brother at home also had a reason to not want to go on this mission. Leo’s background may have been more sad, but I liked Naomi’s inner struggle. What’s right? Saving multiple people or only her own family? Leo’s back story was certainly more sad. His entire family lost to a typhoon and he is left alone with the memories of their faces underwater. This mission gives him life and a reason to live, then meeting Naomi gives him a possible future. Their romance was the frosting on the cake for me. I liked the two of them together so much. If you like science fiction that are quick to read then you need to put this one on your list. The second novel doesn’t come out until next year which was a big disappointment for me, but I will definitely be picking it up to see how their journey continues on and if all of their fears are realized. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Karen_Benson More than 1 year ago
When I read the synopsis of The Final Six, I was immediately drawn to the premise. The keywords for me were Space Training Camp, establish colony on Jupiter’s moon Europa, cutthroat atmosphere, Earth is dying... Yea! All of my favorite things to read about! And I was NOT disappointed! In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that I had to put the book down to sleep (finally at 2ish am), I would have read it in one sitting. 24 teens are chosen from around the world to begin training for a colonization mission to Europa. The teens are all brilliant in some way and each have something to contribute on this mission. But they are in competition to be one of the final six who are selected for the actual mission. The story is told from the POVs of two of the selectees, Naomi (the Iranian/American science wunderkid from the USA) and Leo (the Olympic championship swimmer from Italy). During this first book, we get the Space Training Camp which, for me, was so very cool (picture The Right Stuff with teens) along with “some” science. And just a tiny bit of romance. Was it perfect? No. Everything was rushed and a little bit unrealistic as to how it could be possible to train for such a mission in weeks. But, it didn’t matter to me as it is "fiction". I loved the storyline and can’t wait to see what happens next. Also, Sony has optioned the book to make into a movie! Can’t wait for book 2!!
Kayla_Flores More than 1 year ago
“The Final Six” is a science-fiction and young adult fiction novel written by Alexandra Monir. “The Final Six” is about teens, Leo and Naomi, who are drafted along with twenty-two others into the International Space Training Camp. After Earth becomes inhabitable, it’s up to six teens chosen from the original twenty-four to scout a new planet called Europa to save the human race. Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, is grateful to get an opportunity that will not only change his life but save the lives of others. Naomi, an American science prodigy, on the other hand, is suspicious about the mission to Europa, since a previous mission resulted in several astronauts mysteriously dying. Naomi goes through great lengths to figure out what secrets the people in charge of the mission are hiding and what exactly happened to the astronauts that died. After experiencing many encounters together, Leo and Naomi grow closer as the choosing of the Final Six approaches. The novel is written in the point of view of Naomi and Leo, whom explain their many deadly experiences and hard training. Furthermore, because most of the events occurred at the International Space Training Camp, the pace of the book was slow. I wished the characters would have gotten through with their training towards the beginning of the book and had more experiences in space. The protagonist in the novel is Naomi because she knows there’s something suspicious going on with the space mission to Europa. For that reason, she tries to find out what they’re hiding to perhaps save the Final Six and the human race. The antagonist would be the people in charge of the mission, since they know the real reason why the previous mission failed and what’s really in Europa. A major conflict in the novel would be Naomi choosing to either go home to her family or continue her mission to figure out what’s being hidden. If I had to choose a favorite character in the novel it would be Naomi, because she’s intelligent, determined, and would do anything for her friends and family. Moreover, I wish the novel had a faster pace because most scenes were unnecessary. Overall, I loved this book and I would recommend it to the people who like to read about astronomy and have an interest in science as well.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
A futuristic novel about a last-ditch attempt for the human race to survive beyond Earth, The Final Six introduces us to a concerted world program to send a team of teens as pioneers to Europa, Jupiter's moon. The world is an apocalyptic scenario, dying a slow death while climate change is picking out one region after another in different ways. Tsunamis, earth quakes and storms have ravaged most of the Earth and the remaining surviving regions are under rationing and somewhat functioning governments which decide to direct their resources to a manned mission across the solar system. The story is narrated via two POVs - Leo (who is a champion swimmer and deep diver from Italy) and Noami (a bright genius from America with Iranian heritage) - and the two of them have opposite views about the Europa mission. Leo, whose family was lost in a tsunami, and for whom this mission is a chance to start over, is optimistic and determined about the mission while Naomi, who would have to be separated from her family (especially her sick younger brother) doesn't want to go (they are all being drafted) and additionally, she has her own misgivings about the mission. The chosen 24 have to undergo training to prepare them for space flight and subsequent terraformation, but only 6 are to be drafted into the final mission, so they have to compete (in Naomi's case, forcibly) for a chance to possibly survive Earth. The pacing is mostly fast, and mostly deals with the prep for the mission, and the slowly emerging conspiracy that Naomi is trying to uncover. She already has her misgivings about the success of the mission, but there is more shady stuff going on. And then there is also the developing friendships that can only come about when you all are sharing a dire situation. The main antagonist is this snooty First Nephew (I didn't even know that was a thing) who is competing mainly against Leo, and looks down on Naomi and almost everyone. Are the stakes life and death? Not really! But there is a certain amount of urgency in the situation and the fact that Leo and Naomi are falling hard and fast for each other in a situation where one wants to leave Earth and the other wants to stay. The twist at the end was not wholly unpredictable, but the cliffhanger certainly was! Additionally, since I listened to this in audio, I would like to say that while the narration is decent, I was a bit disappointed by the fact that though one POV character was non-American, there is no accents used by either of the narrators! Overall, it is an interesting start to the series, with some strong science and a believable apocalypse scenario. Looking forward to the next book! Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Harper Collins, via Edelweiss.
Erin Schreiner More than 1 year ago
One time, I substitute taught for a science class. Fortunately for me and my sure-to-be-singed-off eyebrows, the day’s lesson didn’t consist of a lab or even a complex reading. Instead, in his infinite wisdom, the teacher had planned to show a video. While I certainly don’t remember all of the details of the video, one fact stuck with me. Scientists estimate that there are 10 times more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all of the world’s beaches and deserts. I mean, what?!? #MindBlown It’s probably been close to 10 years since I learned that fact. But, even in all of that time, I haven’t stopped looking skyward. I’m certainly not looking to the heavens in an I-want-to-go-there way – I mean, I've been known to get motion sickness when sitting sideways on a bus – but instead out of curiosity. If there really are all of those stars, then there literally has to be other intelligent life out there. And there would, by sheer virtue of the number of bodies orbiting these stars, have to be other inhabitable planets. And, while we aren’t really in need of a new planet to call home just yet, if things keep going the way they are (i.e. we keep trashing the one we have) we’re going to be needing one eventually. It’s this very predicament the characters in this young adult sci-fi novel set in the near future find themselves, when – thanks to mankind’s complete disregard for the health of the planet – it’s looking like Earth’s pretty… well… messed up. The characters that Monir birthed with the swirl of her pen – or, more likely, the dancing of her fingers across the keys – came to life. They were rich and round and engaging and I authentically cared – actually, still do care – about them. And it didn’t take long for me to form these attachments. I only got a few pages into this novel before I was entirely engrossed – which is oh-so-rare, believe me. I was so engaged… so invested… that when I could eke out the time, I hungrily read. And when I couldn’t read, I thought about the novel and the questions that it brought up in my mind questions – dauntingly complex questions about the future, and space, and colonizing other planets, and the reality of it all outside of the science fiction. Because my experience in reading books that have started solid only to fall flat at the end has transformed me into a literary pessimist, I kept waiting for something to happen – for the plot to quiver and then collapse or for one of the characters to do something that elicited an eye-roll from me. But it never happened. I only became more engaged…more enraptured…as I read. Though it is exceptionally uncommon – as you’ll know as a repeat reader of this blog – I found absolutely nothing wanting in this novel. Honestly, the only thing I regret about this book is that I read an advanced release copy, which will certainly make my wait for the next book in what is sure to become a well-known series interminable. I will likely be recommended this book – and literally foisting copies upon people who don’t take my recommendation – for quite some time. With a Hunger Games level of intrigue and a naturally compelling premise, it delivers on its promises and was one heck of an amazing read. Without reservation, it gets 5 of out 5 cocktails.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and creative future... Note: This review contains NO spoilers The Final Six was an interesting read for being the first book I have read by this author. It was action-packed, intriguing, and a bit of romance. I don't read very many science fiction novels, but I do find this genre fascinating and imaginative...of sorts. It starts off on a steady pace, then from there it just keeps going and going. This was definitely a page turner. Then, there is tackling the real issue of climate change. Well, in the book, it has happened. And now, they have a plan. So... The Final Six focuses on the POVs of Naomi and Leo. They are both driven by different reasons. The character interactions were a bit lacking with it's typical teenage drama and teenage stereotypes thrown in...for good measure. I mean there are the other 22 teens that were chosen right? And... Eh... I can honestly do without it always having to be thrown in. But other than that, it was somewhat realistic; however, I was figuring that teens in that world scenario would be more cooperative, than competitive, since the world is ending....right!?! I mean, yes, they have to be competitive to be chosen as one of the final six, but they all are competing for the same end result.... SAVING THE HUMAN RACE. Okay, so there was something that wasn't jiving with me while reading...Ha! They are "competing" to save, not just to survive. As for world building, I thought it was fairly well done. The author did "paint a picture" of what happened to the world after the disasters of climate change. I would say it was artistic and imaginative. It sort of reminded me of that Kevin Costner movie, Waterworld. Different story, but the concept of the world flooded... Um, yeah. The world building was convincing. As for the story, I enjoyed the story. Page after page, the story followed Naomi and Leo. How they dealt with the news, change in their life, their training, and the other teens chosen. There was drama, twists, and romantic tension (well, they are teenagers, right?!?). Then there is the CLIFFHANGER?!? Wow... As much as I love a cliffhanger, I don't...Haha! It's just pure torcher!!! There is going to be a sequel... Right?!? We just went through all that "training" and we are left with a... Cliffhanger. Ummm... No! Other than that, The Final Six was a good start of a series?!? Lots of potential since we have just been "through" their training. We haven't even left earth...yet!!! I am definitely looking forward to what comes next, especially with leaving me with that cliffhanger!!??!!
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
A few years ago I read Alexandra Monir's Timeless series and fell in love with the world she created. So it's no surprise that I loved The Final Six, the first book in Alexandra's new series. Combining secrets, life-and-death stakes, and romance, The Final Six is an enthralling journey from start to finish. The setting and world building were two of the most fascinating parts. I appreciated the level of detail Alexandra put into describing the storms, the challenges the world faced because of them, and the training camp. The setting was eye-opening, chilling, and even a tad stomach churning, because while our climate change isn't nearly this bad yet, it could very well be this bad in the coming years. Honestly, books like these should be a wake-up call. The Final Six introduces Leo and Naomi, two teenagers from opposite sides of the world brought together by the International Space Training Camp. Leo and Naomi are strong, tactful, and passionate. I found them likable as well as relatable. I also liked that they both had such different feelings towards the training camp and the possibility of being part of the final six. From the start, Leo wants to be picked. He views it as his second chance, and the thought of not being picked, of being forced to return to his country, makes him even more determined to come out on top. I admired his ambition and positivity. I also loved that while he wanted to win, he didn't distance himself from his teammates. His friendship with his roommate was one of my favorite parts of the book. Naomi, on the other hand, views being chosen as a death sentence. She doesn't want to be torn away from her family. She also doesn't like the risks the camp is willing to take to make this new planet home. Something doesn't feel right to her, and she's determined to find out the whole story. I'll admit that Naomi's constant stirring of the pot got on my nerves; however, I also could understand why she was so desperate to find out answers, to challenge everything. I'd probably be the same way in her situation, and I did give her props: the girl had some major guts. The Final Six mostly focuses on setting up the world as well as the training and final selection for the mission. Everything starts of a little slow, because Alexandra does spend a decent amount of time setting up everything, but it never felt boring or nonessential. The training camp provided so many thrills and chills. I loved all the science parts, and I also liked the different authority figures presented. Some of their actions were so incredibly shady, and I was constantly questing their motives. The only aspect that I didn't outright love was the ending. It felt somewhat rushed and I didn't like how perfectly everything aligned. Don't get me wrong, I was happy with the outcome, but it just didn't seem "realistic." Regardless, The Final Six is an enjoyable series opener, and given the emphasis on climate change, it's also a timely book.
mindofabookdragon More than 1 year ago
I think from starting this book to the end, I put it down only a few times to go to class or watch the occasional BTS video. I loved it so much! It was a quick, fast-paced book that flew by once I got into it. There are two POVs and I really like how it was written. The two perspectives gave a bigger perspective to the motion of the book and how they reacted to the same situation differently. I think if I had to pick a favorite it would be Naomi. She’s weary of the whole process, but once she arrives in Houston she doesn’t lose a minute trying to get to the bottom of things. I admire her gumption and how she trusted herself despite the numerous people against her. My favorite thing about Leo was how supporting he was. It was something to see him recognize Naomi’s strength and knowing that the best way to be friends with her was to help her. There was a lovely cast of supporting characters too! I loved Asher. He was a pilot from Israel, and he was awesome all around. Because all of the characters come from different countries there was a given diversity to the book as a whole. I like how it wasn’t something that was forced, and I love how it wasn’t the point of the book. The plot as a whole was great. It was so fast paced, and I felt like there was always something to put you on edge. I can’t believe the time in the book was so fast. It made things in the real world seem so slow! I loved the scientific aspect of the book too. I wonder how much research Monir did for this book. Overall, I highly recommend this book to people who are looking for an adventure or someone who loves sci-fi. Happy reading, Sophie
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir, which is the first book in an unnamed YA SciFi/Dystopian series/trilogy. Having read Monir before, she writes YA very well, and I looked forward the reading this new one. I am happy to say I loved The Final Six, and will wait impatiently for the next book. In The Final Six, Earth is going through terrible climate change with the sea rising (tsunami’s) to dangerous and death defying heights. The world as we know it is slowly dying, with cities throughout the world going under water, and with little hope of survival. The International Space Committee has devised a desperation plan to send the most talented 16-18 years old young adults to Europa (Jupiter planet) to find a new habitual planet to send survivors to live before Earth is totally destroyed. The plan is to quickly send 24 of the chosen ones to America’s Space center to quickly train them, and then pick the final six to go to Europa. Right from the start, we meet Leo (a champion swimmer), who lives in Rome, and watched his whole family drown in the devastation that flooded his city. Leo is despondent, and just about ready to kill himself, when he sees the announcement of the 24 chosen ones is about to be revealed. He decides to go watch, hoping someone he knows will become part of this. To his shock, his name is called and he is thrilled to be one of those to help find a solution to the world’s troubles. Naomi Ardalan, is an American Science genius, who is also one of the chosen 24. Naomi is the opposite of Leo, she is very unhappy to have been chosen, as she does not want to leave her family, especially her younger brother, whom she helps take care of. Naomi and Leo will become friends, and eventually find themselves falling for each other. This is not really a romance at this point, but it has started and they become even closer nearer to the end. They both will work together, as Naomi suspects that something is not right, and she uses her hacking ability and other skills to delve into the truth. Leo wants to protect and help Naomi, but he is also determined to be one of the final six. There are a number of twists and turns, especially as we get closer to the end. What follows is an in-depth look at the overall competition, as all participants have to go through so many mind boggling situations to train them on space travel and surviving on a foreign planet. I loved everything about the complex completion, even if I am not really a Sci Fi buff. Leo and Naomi were great heroes, and I did like a number of the other secondary characters. Of course, there are a couple of villains that we know to watch out for. Will Leo and Naomi be part of the final six? Will Naomi be able to find out the truth behind this mission? The Final Six was a wonderful story line that kept our attention throughout. I am amazed at the writing by Monir, especially with all the sci fi details. I will not give spoilers, as you need to read this to enjoy everything. But I will say there are some amazing surprises at the end, and of course, the dreaded cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers, but I will be there when Monir gives us the next book. If you enjoy YA dystopian, Sci Fi, competition, great characters, mystery, and at little romance, I suggest to read this book.
COBauer More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the very first line. THE FINAL SIX by Alexandra Monir is a fast-paced and completely engrossing YA Sci-Fi novel. This book is serious page turner! MAJOR cliffhanger warning: the ending is completely unexpected and you will be left wanting more… Highly recommend!!!