Title: The Last Girl on Earth
Author: Alexandra Blogier
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Page Count: 256
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
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.
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?
The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier is a young adult science fiction fantasy that was heavy on the romance and light on the science fiction/fantasy. Now despite my low rating there were moments that I would start to like this one but in the end I just had too many questions and concerns with the world building to rate higher.
The story centers around Li who is a human teenager that is the only human that survived when Abdoloreans came to Earth and wiped out the rest. She was given to an Abdolorean male to raise alongside his daughter. Now the Abdoloreans basically look the same as humans with the exception of gills in which Li has been given fake ones leading to my first question I pondered, how do you cut open a human and give them gills? Now maybe some plastic surgery or something but all he doctors are gone…..
So anyway as the story starts Li has had her best friend all her life but she doesn’t know Li is actually human, only her Abdolorean father and sister know. But we constantly learn all the things Abdoloreans are better at so Li has been training all her life secretly to pass as one. Again leading me to all kinds of questions with the vagueness of this set up so far.
Then we entered into learning Li is also training for the Abdolorean’s army and about to have her testing when amazing a cute boy enters and Li starts throwing all caution to the wind due to cute boy so yes, insert insta-love. But here I am again thinking why oh why is all of this happening if Li’s race is so top secret? And I won’t mention how the little we get about why humans were so horrible and needed to be destroyed by these aliens just seemed rather silly (having cows is terrible???) since it’s never really fully explained and just brushed over anyway.
So it seemed the entire time I’m reading this book I just had question and question popping into my head on the how’s and why’s which is rather distracting while trying to enjoy a book. But through all that I thought that maybe, just maybe this one would end at a 3 star for me until we get the the final chapters. Now I won’t give any spoilers but let’s just say I walked away shaking my head still with those incessant questions running through my mind so I suppose this one just wasn’t my cup of tea unfortunately.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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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.