The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Summary from NetGalley:
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?
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
I really liked this book, even though it wasn’t what I was expecting. It is a wonderful story about family, trust and friendship with a nice romance and some aliens thrown in to make it interesting. Except for the aliens and the futuristic setting it reads more like a contemporary, but that is ok.
I enjoyed Li and her family. It was nice to read a book with such a solid family, no major drama unfolding between them. Li was adopted by her father and raised as one of them. This meant a lot of training to be something better than human. The Abdoloreans, look like humans, but are smarter and stronger. Li understands that she has to try her hardest to blend in, because if she is caught her father and sister will also be punished for harboring her. The scenes between Li her sister and father were some of my favorites. I also adored her relationship with Mirabae, which even when they were having issues, they struggled through to a stronger bond.
The romance with Ryn developed in typical YA fashion. I liked Ryn, I thought he was maybe a little too good for Li, but they were cute together. There was an instant attraction to each other, which I am ok with, but the romance may have evolved a little too quickly. But there were time constraints, both in the length of the book and in the fact that they were in training to be in the army and sent off planet. They knew from the start that they would be separated eventually, so that would speed things up a bit.
It is never fully explained why the Abdoloreans annihilated the humans, but I think that is because it was never fully told to Li, she was only told that it was because they were violent and destroying the Earth. You do very much get the feeling that the Abdoloreans are control freaks and want to remold the galaxy to be just like them, because they are the superior species and therefore know better. As a whole I didn’t like them very much, but I liked Li’s friends for the most part.
The recreated Earth sounded like paradise, except that there were no more animals for the most part. I think they were destroyed with the humans. But being able to go out into the backyard and pick fruits and vegetables and to live so close to the ocean, sounds amazing and wonderful.
The overall plot of the story was well done, but I would have liked a better explanation as to why they destroyed the humans and if there was a way for Abdoloreans to tell that Li was human. There were hints that if she was seriously injured it would be bad, but not really explained why. I thought it was because the Abdoloreans couldn’t be hurt, but given the ending of the book, that wasn’t it. I am really hoping that there will be a sequel, and that some of these questions will be answered.
Have you read this book yet? What did you think? It has been getting mixed reviews on Goodreads, so I would be interested to hear your thoughts.