My Rating: 3 Stars
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Publish Date: January 23rd, 2018
Number of Pages: 256 pages
Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review
Fans of The 5th Wave will devour this heart-pounding sci-fi novel about a girl with a secret: on a near-future Earth taken over by aliens, she is the only human left alive.
“A celebration of what it means to be human.” —Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of The Thousandth Floor
RAISED AMONG THEM.
Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows–her family, her teachers, her friends–is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.
A SECRET THAT COULD END HER LIFE.
The Abdoloreans hijacked the planet sixteen years ago, destroying all human life. Li’s human-sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to pass as one of them. The Abdoloreans appear human. But they don’t think with human minds or feel with human hearts. And they have special abilities no human could ever have.
FIT IN OR DIE.
When Li meets Ryn, she’s swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous consequences. How far will Li go to stay alive? Will she save herself–and in turn, the human race–or will she be the final witness to humanity’s destruction?
Opening Sentence: “I push my way through the tangled weeds and onto the cliffs overlooking the Bay.”
A book with seedlings of potential that did not quite hit its mark.
What I Liked:
The Romance was fun to watch grow as the characters moved closer together and further apart. I liked seeing their love grow even as doubts settled in Li’s mind that they could ever possibly work together.
The Premise was interesting and was part of why I picked this book up in the first place. I like the idea of a world that was inhabited by another species of which some had compassion for the people who originated there while others did everything they could to wipe them out.
Siblings beyond blood. I love that Li has a sister in this book who is very much not anywhere near to being like her. I love seeing familial bonds that extend outside of typical bloodlines.
The Dad is ferocious and kind. He trains Li like a madman, but does it out of a whole lot of love for someone who grew up to be a daughter to him. He can be very overprotective, but considering how this story has unfolded that is completely understandable.
What I Didn’t Like:
The story feels forced. I wish this wasn’t the case, but there are a lot of things about this story that brings you out of it and makes you feel that it doesn’t quite make the mark of believable.
Unnecessary sisterly combat. I wish that this story would have left the two sisters alone, but the fact that Li was trying to tell her sister a truth about a guy her sister was seeing and how it really doesn’t go over well feels very arbitrary. I know that it can be hard to swallow difficult truths, but when it comes to siblings even if anger arises the advice and knowledge should still be able to be accepted.
How human the aliens were. The aliens in this novel had very few differences to the human in this novel. Yes they had gills and yes they had natural abilities that are much stronger then a human, but honestly it wasn’t so different to a human because it is entirely possible for a human to train enough to exude the same strength and endurance. I feel that it made it a little bit harder to believe because it feels like everyone’s base strength is beyond the limits of a humans best strength and for Li to train to fit in doesn’t take away the fact that she is human and that there are limits she simply can’t go past. Especially considering, that she’s going against the best and the brightest and still being a part of the top to be an officer and that’s just a tad unrealistic to me.
It took me a while to even remember the story… It’s been a little while since I’ve read this, but the fact that it took me a bit to recall a lot of details of what happened in this book says that it didn’t really leave any particular special mark on me. That isn’t to say the story was bad. It just didn’t really impact me in the way that every great story should.
All in All:
The Last Girl on Earth was an interesting story that shows what can happen when a world encompasses and destroys most of the other. It is your typical sci-fi that can be a fun read when your in the mood for something with a tinge of otherworldliness. I enjoyed this book, but I wish it reached its full potential.
About the Author:
Alexandra Blogier was raised in Boston and on the beaches of Cape Cod. She earned a degree in history from the University of Maryland and now lives and works in Brooklyn. The Last Girl on Earth is her first novel. Follow @alxandrablogier on Twitter and @alexandrablogier on Instagram.
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