Title: The Life Below (The Final Six #2)
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publishing Date: February 18, 2020
Age Category & Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
As Naomi lifts off into space and away from a rapidly deteriorating Earth, she watches the world fade away, and along with it Leo, a Final Six contestant she grew close to during training. Leaving Earth behind is hard, but what’s ahead, on Europa, could be worse. The International Space Training Camp continues to hide the truth about what happened to the last group of astronauts who attempted a similar colonization but failed mysteriously. With one shot—at this mission and to Europa—Naomi is determined to find out if there is alien life on Europa before she and her crew get there.
Leo, back on Earth, has been working with renegade scientist Dr. Greta Wagner, who promises to fly him to space where he can essentially latch on to Naomi’s ship. And if Wagner’s hypothesis is right, it isn’t a possibility of coming in contact with extraterrestrial life on Europa—it’s a definite. With Naomi unaware of what awaits, it’s up to Leo to find and warn her and the others.
With all the pieces of their journey finally clicking into place, everything else starts to fall apart. A storm threatens to interfere with Leo’s takeoff, a deadly entity makes itself known to the Final Six, and the questions the ISTC has been avoiding about the previous failed mission get answered in the worst way possible. If the dream was to establish a habitable domain on Europa… the Final Six are about to enter a nightmare.
➝ Sum it up in points!
✔ the final six travel to Europa
✔ cliffhanger is done justice
✔ racial diversity
✔ obstacles in the dark space
✔ fearful yet hopeful occurrences
The Life Below is a sequel that instils the notion of second books in a series raising the standards; it picks up right from the wonderful cliffhanger that turned the last page of The Final Six. Paced across three parts that showcase the journey of these teenagers through space, this science-fiction incorporates genetic revelations, mechanical surprises, and psychological stress to perfectly depict a ride to a different world. From romantic influences to desperate associations, the story definitely builds adrenaline. We witness losses and wrong turns but the essence of hope that space fiction often has, works to strengthen through sadness. With another cliffhanger that is bound to leave the readers wondering what lies ahead, this can be considered a great second book in the series.
➝ Trigger Warnings
✔ death in space
✔ wrongly framed reputation
✔ chronically ill sibling
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Alexandra Monir, Iranian-American author and recording artist, has published five novels for young adults, including her popular debut, Timeless. A Barnes & Noble best-seller and one of Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month,” Timeless and its sequel, Timekeeper, have been featured in numerous media outlets and been published in different countries around the world. She followed the duology with Suspicion and The Girl in the Picture, both standalone YA thrillers. Her upcoming science fiction novel, THE FINAL SIX (March 6, 2018) was acquired by HarperCollins and Sony Pictures during the same week, in two major pre-emptive deals.
Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter who often integrates music into her books’ pages. She wrote and recorded three original songs to accompany Timeless and Timekeeper, which were released as the album “The Timeless EP” and distributed by Jimmy Buffett’s record label, Mailboat Records. She also recorded a song that was released with the publication of Suspicion, and is composing a stage musical geared toward Broadway. Her musical roots are deep, as she is the granddaughter of the late Monir Vakili, the foremost Iranian opera singer.
Alexandra Monir is a frequent speaker at middle schools and high schools across the country, and at major events including fan conventions, women’s leadership conferences, and book festivals. She is a member of the Iranian American Women Foundation, an organization near to her heart. Alexandra currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and newborn son.