Title: Future Leaders of Nowhere
Author: Emily O’Beirne
RATING: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Willa and Finn have been sent to future leader camp with a select few from their respective schools. Both have been picked for the leaders of their groups while participating in the camp game. Finn, who is usually confident, has been thrown off her game. And highly competitive and serious Willa is having a hard time opening up to people. When the two girls meet, they have a hard time getting along, especially concerning the game, but they both have to learn to put their conflicting ideals to the side and still win.
I enjoyed Future Leaders of Nowhere. I really liked the ‘game’ that the camp played. Those taking part were split into groups with their schools, and each appointed their own leader. Each were given territory and resources. Some groups were dictatorships, and some were democratic. Finn’s group drew the wildcard, which meant that they had no territory or resources, they were intellectuals who had to work out how to find their own resources and territory or perhaps negotiate with other groups. They had to camp outside while everyone had their own beds. Willa’s group was a dictatorship with the largest territory. It was an interesting aspect and created a really great dynamic, especially between Finn and Willa.
I did like both Will and Finn. Future Leaders of Nowhere was split into two halves, one with Finn’s POV and one with Willa’s. I liked Finn, she was ambitious and wanted her team to be independent and make it on their own, but she was also a little unsure of herself and her role as leader. Willa came across as a bit cold and serious, but I liked how she really opened up to Finn at the end. I liked the two together, they were cute, but also competitive. I felt like the characters could have had more depth to them, but I liked them nonetheless.
There was a problematic element that I noticed, that I feel I should warn readers about. Willa is Indian & biracial. However, there was a comment that was made about another student, I can’t talk about this in detail, but I feel like I should warn readers about it, because it sounds a bit offensive:
“Avi’s Indian too, but real Indian. Both parents and a culture.”
Other than that, It was an enjoyable and heartwarming read with a cute f/f romance.
Megan (pronounced MEE-GAN bc her Irish grandfather refused to use the English pronunciation) is a 21 year old british blogger, history graduate, lover of books and expert procrastinator. She is anxious and introverted and is currently attempting adulthood. She loves potatoes which is often blamed on her irish heritage and can often eat her weight in food. She predominantly reads and reviews YA which includes historical fiction, science fiction, contemporary, and f/f romance. She loves reading about unlikeable female characters, positive female friendships & relationships, and is a sucker for a pretty cover.