Alexandra Monir faces the challenge of catastrophic climate change head on in her newest book for teens, The Final Six. The book takes place after the Earth has gone past the point of no return as far as climate change goes. The world is dying, and humankind needs to find a new home. So they set their sites on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons.
Monir says she was listening to a radio interview with an aspiring astronaut when she had a thought: "What if, due to climate change, the conditions on our failing Earth were to make this type of quest no longer voluntary--but an urgent, government-mandated mission, complete with a military-style draft? And what if those believed to have the highest odds of surviving such a mission, and remaining fertile by the time the new planet is terraformed and ready for colonization, are the teenagers?"
Thus the idea for The Final Six was born; an idea that appealed to both HarperTeen and Sony Pictures--the film studio snapped up the film rights to the science fiction thriller right almost as soon as the story hit their desk.
This book is special to Alexandra Monir for another reason: its main character.
"In Naomi Ardalan, I got to create a character more true to me than any I've ever written before," Monir says. "Growing up an Iranian-American teenager in a post-9/11 world, I was constantly questioning my identity and where I fit in, and I would have given anything to find a character like Naomi in on of the many books I read."
But Naomi isn't just a token minority character. She's a heroine in her own right, a girl who takes action and is in command of her own destiny, who happens to be Iranian-American.
The Final Six has action and adventure, but also at its heart, is about relationships and love, not only between two main characters but with their families as well. There is a mystery at the book's core as well, and it's not hard to see why this book that will appeal to so many people was optioned for a major motion picture.
The Final Six is available everywhere books are sold.
About The Final Six:
Set in the near future, this action-packed YA novel—already optioned by Sony Pictures—will take readers out of this world and on a quest to become one of six teens sent on a mission to Jupiter’s moon. This is the next must-read for fans of Illuminae and The Martian.
When Leo and Naomi are drafted, along with twenty-two of the world’s brightest teenagers, into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever changed. Overnight, they become global celebrities in contention for one of the six slots to travel to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—and establish a new colony, leaving their planet forever. With Earth irreparably damaged, the future of the human race rests on their shoulders.
For Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, this kind of purpose is a reason to go on after losing his family. But Naomi, an Iranian-American science genius, is suspicious of the ISTC and the fact that a similar mission failed under mysterious circumstances, killing the astronauts onboard. She fears something equally sinister awaiting the Final Six beneath Europa’s surface.
In this cutthroat atmosphere, surrounded by strangers from around the world, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo. As the training tests their limits, Naomi and Leo’s relationship deepens with each life-altering 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.
About Alexandra Monir:
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 new 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.
Melanie R. Meadors is the author of fantasy stories where heroes don't always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She’s been known to befriend wandering garden gnomes, do battle with metal-eating squirrels, and has been called a superhero on more than one occasion. Her fiction has appeared in Circle Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, and in the anthology Champions of Aetaltis. She studied astronomy and physics at Northern Arizona University and has published some non-fiction in the field of astronomy and library sciences. She's the co-editor of the anthology MECH: Age of Steel and editor of Hath No Fury, and she is a blogger and general b*tch monkey at The Once and Future Podcast.