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.
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publication Date: March 6th 2018
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TW: Attempted suicide
Is it a bad thing that I started this book bored? No, I’m wording this wrong: the beginning of the book bored me and stayed that way for the 8 chapters I made it through.
We start the book with Leo, one of our main characters, attempting suicide. He decides not to go through with it when he finds out he is now one of twenty-four teenagers battling it out to become one of the Final Six to escape Earth and create a new settlement deep in space, believing he’s found his purpose after his family has died. When Naomi discovers she is to be one of the chosen twenty-four, she isn’t as optimistic. She has no the choice but to leave her parents and her sickly brother.
Right off the bat, we are thrown into this flooded world. How did it get like this? Why are people buying water-damaged art for money in this situation? Shouldn’t a barter system be in place, despite the technological advancements? And then we’re hit with a foreshadowing of instalove between the two main characters.
The reason I finally decided to not finish it (because I was going to try and push through it) is because I started skim reading it. And if I can’t give a book my full attention, I might as well not read it at all.
This is apparently a series— I didn’t see that on Goodreads, but that makes sense. I did request it because I thought it was a Sci-Fi standalone, which are so rare, but I’m not mad at it. I did want to like this, maybe someone else will like it, but my interest would not be kept.