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.
I’m always up for a good alien invasion story. When you toss in Area 51, a handful of surviving teens, and an adorable canine named Sputnik, it becomes a must read for me.
This book gives the reader just enough time to care about Clover before throwing her in front of the aliens, so the pacing gets off to a good start. It slows a bit once she reaches Area 51 due to drama between her and the other teens before picking up again. I felt like there was some character inconsistency on Clover’s part, with comments and actions coming out of the blue based on her prior behavior. The group of survivors are wonderfully diverse, but some of their voices are similar and I had trouble distinguishing between them.
As a sci-fi geek, the pop culture references to Back to the Future and Independence Day had me doing happy dances. For me, it’s difficult to read or watch any alien story without thinking about Independence Day, and this novel contains some similar elements.
The Last 8 is strong out of the gate, drops intriguing clues throughout the book, and has interesting twists toward the end, but some plot holes and character inconsistencies slowed the momentum for me. This book is scheduled for release March 1st, 2019.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.