Blog Tour: The Life Below by Alexandra Monir | Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

Blog Tour: The Life Below by Alexandra Monir | Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

OMG I cannot freaking wait to tell you guys my thoughts on this novel!! Yes, yes, I know I haven’t shared my thoughts on the first novel and I’ve been so intrigued by this one, so I’m glad I got to get on the blog tour for this one. Click on the banner for the rest of the schedule and tour hosts. You know the drill.

The Life Below (The Final Six #2)

by Alexandra Monir
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 18, 2020
Genre: YA Science Fiction

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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.

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

Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club and HarperTeen for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

This book has me seriously obsessed with science fiction novels now. I usually have a hard time with them because I feel like I can’t understand all of the science involved in it – most of the time anyway – and sure there may have been some parts of this novel that are still over my head… but man this book really was amazing.

This book takes place after the first one obviously, and wow there were some things that happened in here that I was not expecting. It actually makes me want to revisit both of these novels to get back into the story and see what I missed the first time around. The concept of the Final Six competition and the aftermath of everything that happened in the first novel really gets fleshed out in this one. The more that we follow Naomi and Leo in their separate journeys was great honestly. I actually like that we got to still see Leo on Earth in the aftermath because of all the controversy that ended up going on with the previous group of astronauts, and everything that happened with the Final Six competition.

This book just blew me away in the best way.

Kind of also makes me wish that we were already living in their future because maybe things would be way more interesting than they are now.

When I get into work I’ll change the playlist art so that it’s actually the cover for the book, since my Google Chromebook doesn’t allow me to download Spotify like it should. One of the things that they should definitely add to any upgrade that they have for this machine… you know? I like having Spotify at home without having to use the web player. I just want all shit together, you know? Oops I meant stuff.

To make up for my super long dream cast last post, this one is going to be super short. Sorry, not sorry, because I love ya fam.

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