Extinction was just the beginning...
Clover Martinez has always been a survivor, which is the reason she isn't among the dead when aliens invade and destroy Earth as she knows it.
Clover is convinced she's the only one left until she hears a voice on the radio urging her to go to 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 seven strangers seem more interested in pretending the world didn't end than fighting back, and Clover starts to wonder if she was better off alone. But when she finds a hidden spaceship within the walls of the compound, she doesn't know what to believe...or who to trust.
Praise for The Last 8:
"A sci-fi romp."Kirkus
"The Walking Dead meets Alien...teens will want to follow Clover on her next adventure!" Zoraida Córdova, author of the Brooklyn Brujas series
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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.
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.
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.