The Last 8

The Last 8

by Laura Pohl


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ISBN-13: 9781492669890
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Last 8 Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 190,392
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laura Pohl is a Brazilian writer who lives in São Paulo. She likes writing messages in caps lock, quoting Hamilton, and obsessing about Star Wars. When not taking pictures of her dog, she can be found discussing alien conspiracy theories. She has not crashed any cars or spaceships-yet. Visit her online at

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The Last 8 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SofiaSoter 26 days ago
I knew I was going to love this, but I had no idea how much. the story, the characters, the writing (and some passages in particular) will stay with me for a long time. my heart is now bursting with love, pride and a spark of much-needed hope. read this as soon as you can, I promise you it's worth it!
BookPrincessReviews 27 days ago
Triggers: our MC is talks a lot about suicide throughout the book. She attempts it a few times, and she has severe depression. I mean, who wouldn't after alien invasion, but it definitely could be triggering. I...I read an alien book that actually had a fabulous amount of alien content??? I have to say that I've been alien baited before, and then all of a sudden, we're just talking about idk regular people, and I'm just sitting here going, BUT ALIENS??? This book, though? LOTS OF ALIENS - even though I wasn't so much scared of them because I kept imagining them looking like that weird little thing from Toy Story that had the mechanical spider legs and plastic baby head on top. So, um, yeah. Aliens??? The amazing alien content was not the only thing that this book had to offer. It brought so much goodness. Shall we list the ways? 1) AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING diversity. Our MC is bi/asexual and Latina, and Pohl gives us lesbian, Native American, and more rep. 2) Clover's family. Omigosh, I loveddddddddddddd her abuela and abuelo. Her abuela reminded me a lot of my grandma at parts, and I was definitely dying. I absolutely loved their interactions, and I wish we had more time on it. 3) Clover. She was one strong and fierce heroine. She doesn't hold back and tells it like she is. Pohl made her such a layered protagonist. This has to be one of the most realistic portrayals of how one would deal with the end of the world. I've read a few apocalypse stories, and some of the writers have definitely painted some sunshine and rainbows on how the characters react, but Clover felt so true to how it would actually be. I definitely loved reading her, and she was so easy to root for. 4) The story was fast paced and so easy to read. Pohl did such a great job setting everything up so I was invested in Clover and got a good background before diving into each of the big events that would change everything. It was so easy to read, and I easily binge read this entire story within a few days. 5) The twists and turnsssssssssss. There were so many, and they all had me go, oh, huh, well that's interesting, I need to find out more. Then I was promptly suckered back into the story. 6) The world. It was easily captivating and just thinking about the book easily conjures up so many images and details and thoughts in my mind. I fully immersed myself in this world, and the whole aliens and landscape is so easy to see in my head. 7) This story focuses on struggles and characterization and important topics and crazy end of the world issues - and doesn't have a deep dive into romance that would halt everything. Like, don't get me wrong - I can get down for some romance, but like, when spaceships are descending from the sky and killing everyone, I think I can abandon a romance ship?? There were a few minor things that did bug me. I liked the gang of characters, but I really never deeply connected with them. They were just kind of there. Like, I liked them, but I was never like YAASS VIOLET. Also, there were times that Clover's inner monologue got really deep really fast and I didn't see where that came from when we were talking about other things. Overall, this was a great story, and I really enjoyed. It's part Fifth Wave, part Independence Day...and apparently part Toy Story with the images I created in my brain?? If you are looking for the next great alien and/or end of the world story, this is the book. Can't wait to see where we go next with it. 4 crown
Lisa_Loves_Literature 3 months ago
4.5 stars. This was a really good science fiction story that I'm happy to see is going to have a sequel. It left off in a way that we need it! Although it definitely led up to the very end as if it cold be a standalone, the ending left us hanging, not knowing what would happen! You get a lot of how it starts from the synopsis above. But the way the aliens destroy humans is really pretty terrifying, and then how that in turn affects any humans that they don't kill is scary on its own! We're left wondering why in the world the aliens don't seem to see Clover, why she is left alive. And while Clover wonders that herself, she feels like being alone, not having been able to save her friend or family, maybe she doesn't want to go on. Until she catches by accident a message on the radio calling any survivors to meet up at Area 51. Only once she gets there, it seems as if the other teens there don't trust her or want to give her a chance. At first. They have a leader, who doesn't like that Clover comes in telling the others living there what is going on out in the world. They've basically been hiding there, living on the things that are still stockpiled because of where it is. But finding other people makes Clover realize there might even be more of them out there. And either way, life is worth going on, and fighting. It takes the death of one of their own for them to finally decide to try to do something, fight back, take back Earth. As you might expect though, there are all kinds of secrets and hidden things at Area 51. Spaceships? Got them. Alien life form? Got it. You just won't believe where they are, and who knows about them, and what all they know. Definitely pick this up for a page-turning science fiction adventure.
BarkerJones 4 months ago
Action packed and full of twists, this is an alien invasion story with a difference. No plucky bands of fighters finding that one weakness and saving the world; the only people left here are teenagers. I'll admit to some confusion about their ages; they're all described as high teens, but most of them should have been born less than fifteen years prior to the story for certain other elements to work. It's not a huge issue but it did take me out of the story a little. I saw a couple of twists coming, but not the rest of them. The information says this is the first of a series and I'll be looking forward to reading more adventures with this group. I think it could be a great one.
tpolen 4 months ago
I'm always up for a good alien invasion story. When you toss in Area 51, a handful of surviving teens, and an adorable canine named Sputnik, it becomes a must read for me. This book gives the reader just enough time to care about Clover before throwing her in front of the aliens, so the pacing gets off to a good start. It slows a bit once she reaches Area 51 due to drama between her and the other teens before picking up again. I felt like there was some character inconsistency on Clover's part, with comments and actions coming out of the blue based on her prior behavior. The group of survivors are wonderfully diverse, but some of their voices are similar and I had trouble distinguishing between them. As a sci-fi geek, the pop culture references to Back to the Future and Independence Day had me doing happy dances. For me, it's difficult to read or watch any alien story without thinking about Independence Day, and this novel contains some similar elements. The Last 8 is strong out of the gate, drops intriguing clues throughout the book, and has interesting twists toward the end, but some plot holes and character inconsistencies slowed the momentum for me. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.