Title: The Last 8
Author: Laura Pohl
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Links: Goodreads | Amazon* | Book Depository*
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Source: Digital ARC via NetGalley
The Last 8 is such a super interesting take on the sci-fi, aliens come to Earth and take over trope. The beginning of the book begins like a YA contemporary. Clover is a high school junior with big career aspirations to work for NASA. She lives with her grandmother and grandfather and the book opens with her flying a plane with her grandfather. When they land they have to leave for a science fair where Clover is meeting a college scout who is impressed with her project. All seems pretty normal right?
When Clover and her family return home however, they turn on the news to find out alien spaceships have been landing all over Earth and people are advised to stay in their homes. Living out in the country leaves their family a bit isolated, so Clover and a friend venture into town one morning and find everyone gone with a strange misty haze over the entire town. They eventually encounter the terrifying aliens and Clover’s friend is killed.
The book then fast-forwards six months later to when Clover has been traveling the country on her own and has not seen a single soul the entire time. She chances upon a radio station directing anyone still out in the world to make their way to Area 51. When Clover arrives she finds a group of people calling themselves the Last Teenagers on Earth. The only thing is, they aren’t doing anything. Clover has been alone and searching for people and answers for six months while her new found group hasn’t done anything. She has to decide whether to leave and start out on her own again, or stay and convince everyone to fight back.
There are lots of twists to this story! And if you’re looking for an action-packed sci-fi read, know going in that the most action takes place toward the end of the book with likely more in the sequel. It was a wild ride and once the story line picked up, it didn’t stop delivering the punches. I enjoyed the read and will definitely be looking for book 2 when it releases!
Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Fire & NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book!
“On our own, we are nothing. Together, we’re the Last Teenagers on Earch. Together, we are Earth itself.”
-Laura Pohl, The Last 8
*Please note, this quote is from an ARC copy, so it may change in the final copy.
Synopsis: Clover Martinez has always been a survivor, which is the only reason she isn’t among the dead when aliens invade and destroy Earth as she knows it.
When Clover hears an inexplicable radio message, she’s shocked to learn there are other survivors—and that they’re all at the former Area 51. When she arrives, she’s greeted by a band of misfits who call themselves The Last Teenagers on Earth.
Only they aren’t the ragtag group of heroes Clover was expecting. The group seems more interested in hiding than fighting back, and Clover starts to wonder if she was better off alone. But then she finds a hidden spaceship, and she doesn’t know what to believe…or who to trust.
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