Author Interview: The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
The Final Six is exactly what I wanted in a space opera, including some fantastic worldbuilding in an ever unstable climate. Alexandra Monir previously let us pick her brain and I was thrilled to sit down during YallWest to talk about her choice to narrate her audiobook (the best way to read this – dual narration), her experience at adult space camp (who wants to go with me?), and ending the book on a huge (HUGE) cliffhanger. Check it out and tell us what you’d look forward to most at adult space camp!
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
Category: Young Adult, Sci-fi
Publication: March 6th, 2018; HarperTeen
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.