Friday, March 9, 2018

BLOG TOUR: The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Alexandra Monir's The Final Six! On our tour stop today, we have a review to share! But, that's not all!!! Watch the exciting book trailer! There's even a tour-wide giveaway, too! So... Check out all the blog tour festivities, grab your copy now, and don't forget to follow the tour, HERE!!!

Young Adult
Science Fiction
Publish Date:
March 6, 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.


⭐Praise for The Final Six

“A breathtakingly real look at love, loss, and the dangers of space, THE FINAL SIX skyrockets into twists and turns I never saw coming!” ―Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe series

“I sat down to read a bit before bed and then it was two a.m. and the book was half gone. This is a space competition of epic proportions, loaded with disturbing hidden secrets and intense action. Your eyes will be glued to the page.” ―Kendare Blake, #1 NYT bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns

“Compelling, cinematic, and fascinating. I can’t wait to read what happens next in the mission to Europa!” ―Romina Russell, New York Times bestselling author of the Zodiac series 


**About the Author**
Iranian-American author and recording artist Alexandra Monir has published five novels for young adults, including her popular debut, Timeless. A Barnes & Noble bestseller and one of Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month,” Timeless and its sequel, Timekeeper, have been featured in numerous media outlets and been published in different countries around the world. She followed the duology with Suspicion and The Girl in the Picture, both standalone YA thrillers. Her upcoming science fiction novel, The Final Six (March 6, 2018) was acquired by HarperCollins and Sony Pictures on the same week, in two major pre-emptive deals.

Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter who often integrates music into her books’ pages. She wrote and recorded three original songs to accompany Timeless and Timekeeper, which were released as the album The Timeless EP and distributed by Jimmy Buffett's record label, Mailboat Records. She also recorded a song that was released with the publication of Suspicion, and is composing a stage musical geared toward Broadway. Her musical roots are deep, as she is the granddaughter of the late Monir Vakili, the foremost Iranian opera singer.

Alexandra Monir is a frequent speaker at middle schools and high schools across the country and at major events including fan conventions, women’s leadership conferences, and book festivals. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and newborn son. To learn more about Alexandra, visit her online.

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*My Thoughts*

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!!??!!

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