YA ARC Review: THE LAST 8 by Laura Pohl

Title: THE LAST 8

Author: Laura Pohl

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Release Date: 03.01.2019

TW: death, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, PTSD

Clover Martinez has always been a survivor, which is the only reason she isn’t among the dead when aliens invade and destroy Earth as she knows it. 

When Clover hears an inexplicable radio message, she’s shocked to learn there are other survivors—and that they’re all at 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 group seems more interested in hiding than fighting back, and Clover starts to wonder if she was better off alone. But then she finds a hidden spaceship, and she doesn’t know what to believe…or who to trust.

My Review:

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange of an honest review.

A fast-paced and gripping novel about survival, friendship and sacrifices that question how far you will go to protect your home, your people and the Earth.

The book follows a Latina biro-ace teenager, Clover as she watches human beings getting annihilated by aliens and teams up with the survivors to strike back. But the survivors are all teenagers, they don’t have a plan and the aliens are too strong. Good thing Clover knows how to fly aircrafts.

I honestly don’t know where to start. Well, probably with the beginning where the aliens killed every single human being one by one. The scenes were so intense and engaging I didn’t have the time to be sad or worried about what was happening. Which was less hurtful and I loved it.

As the plot progressed, it seemed to lose its pace in the middle part. The second part of the book stretched longer than it needed to, which felt out of place with the pacing of the rest of the book. Although it took up around one-third of the book, it could have been cut to a chapter or two and the book would still read the same. It just had a lot of unnecessary scenes that slowed down the otherwise very fast-paced book.

Aside that, this book was a total page-turner. Every scene led to the next in such a swift way it wasn’t easy to decide where to stop to take a break. From everyone on earth being killed, to Clover finding a new life and to The Last Eight striking back at the aliens, everything was gripping, every detail raw and emotional.

The characters were all realistic and three-dimensional. Each of them went through so much development that by the end of the story, I didn’t feel bad about missing just Clover, but every one of last teenagers left on Earth. The friendship dynamics and the found family trope in the book was brilliantly written, too raw and connectable.

The ownvoices aromantic rep was also really great to read about. In fact, it was one of the reasons I requested the book (hello! aro here) and this book did not disappoint. I could empathize with Clover through everything, the guilt and the way she finally came out.

Overall, this book reminded me how much I love space. And badass girls and action-packed pages. It’s definitely worth the six hours’ read and the endless book-hangover hours.

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