I received this book for free from From publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Life Below by Alexandra Monir
Published by HarperTeen on February 18, 2020
Genres: YA Science Fiction
Source: From publisher
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.
When I finally got a copy of this one I was swept right into the story. There was a lot of tension and exciting science ideas in this. I loved how our characters had things to do on their long journey, but still were unsure of what was going to happen when they got to Europa. Not to mention all the intrigue and secrets from book one were nothing compared to the things we learned in this book. What the lead scientists were hiding, keeping quiet, was even scarier, and led us to an extremely exciting scene at the end of the book. Not to mention all the things that happened on the way there, and how we also got our two love interests Naomi and Leo to be together again. I like that we still got the drift on just how Earth was in bad shape, and why it was so important to get a new place to go. I loved the story, and while it was a great ending, I need more! I really wish there was going to be another book after this one, I feel like there is so much more we could explore!
Since I can’t tell you more at the moment, you can read an excerpt from the book here: https://aerbook.com/books/The_Life_Below-242831.html?social=1&retail=1&emailcap=0
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About the Author:
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. To learn more about Alexandra, visit her online at www.alexandramonir.com.
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