by Fonda Lee


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It's been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose their rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn't one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist government, and Donovan's high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan's abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience.When Sapience realizes who Donovan's father is, they think they've found the ultimate bargaining chip. But the Prime Liaison doesn't negotiate with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan's survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war. And Earth didn't win the last one...

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ISBN-13: 9781338232035
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 150,256
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Fonda Lee is the author of Exo, which was a Junior Library Guild selection, and Zeroboxer, which was an Andre Norton Award finalist, a Junior Library Guild selection, and an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. After spending years as a corporate strategist for Fortune 500 companies, she is now a writer and black belt martial artist living in Portland, Oregon. You can visit her online at www.fondalee.com.

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Exo 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read in school
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Exo" is a really interesting YA sci-fi that follows a 17-year-old human a hundred years after Earth has been taken over by an alien species. The Zhree have taken Earth as a colony after a terrible war with large loss of human life and now rule it in "Rounds" or small sections. Earth has been chosen for its strategic placement in their ongoing war with another group of aliens and many Zhree have now been born there and integrated with humans. They mark humans who have been taken into their society as being in-enze or in the group/family. Donovan is one such human, who is a soldier-in-enze, which means he belongs with a group of other humans and Zhree where he acts mostly as a police force but is called for anything unsettling. Donovan is also Hardened, which means he has been given a exocel (Exo for short) or an upgrade which provides him with armor and defense/weapons that seamlessly integrates with his mind. He is also the son of the Prime Liaison, who theoretically holds the highest position because he interfaces directly with the Zhree (versus the President who only controls humans/has less power). Donovan doesn't question his life or his role- until one night while on patrol, he and his partner perform a search for sape intel and find more than they bargained for. The Sapience is the human rebellion who wants to expel the Zhree from Earth and rule the planet without them- they are viewed as terrorists and frequently bomb and kill humans in their quest. This is not to mention that they also execute exos at will, because they are seen as being pets of the Zhree and no longer human. On this raid, Donovan and his partner come under fire and Donovan is captured- once they find out who he is, they decide to use him as a bargaining chip rather than kill him outright. During his capture, Donovan learns that the sides may be more nuanced than he thought and that there are some areas of gray. What is really unique about this book is that there is a lot of gray and both sides are presented in ways that make sense. It really shows a much more three-dimensional struggle around colonization and suppression that you don't often see in YA books. The Zhree aren't necessarily evil and they do treat humans well- but the humans aren't really free. So what do you do? The questions and thoughts raised by this book are infinitely engaging- as is the fast-paced and adventurous plot. We really get to see both sides presented and dissected by Donovan as he is pulled in both directions. I am really interested to see how this series evolves and whether these big questions are answered or continue to spark a lot of discussion/debate. Overall, I think it was really fantastically done and a truly unique book- you'll definitely want to check this series out if you enjoy YA sci-fi! Please note that I received a copy through a giveaway. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was great. Great conflict and plot.
Samantha05 More than 1 year ago
EXO follows Donovan, a security force with an excocel and the son of the Prime Liaison who works with the aliens that have taken over Earth for roughly 100 years. Donovan is dedicated to his cause and taking out those who rebel, but when he is captured by rebel forces, he finds conflict within himself he didn’t expect. But war is dangerous, and Donovan’s fate rests with people who despise everything he stands for. The world building in EXO is fantastic. Lee crafts a unique Earth where aliens and humans have a shaky relationship both internally and externally. With his father, Donovan has been enmeshed in a specific mindset all his life, and when his world gets shaken, he has to question everything, and the answers reveal a complex situation that is personal in more ways than one. The action progresses perfectly throughout the narrative. There isn’t so much happening all at once that the reader gets lost and misses the nuances, nor are there any dull moments where you can’t feel the tension mounting in the characters and in the world around them. There’s a consistent edge of “If someone makes the wrong move, war could be unleashed,” which propels the story forward and makes for a surprisingly quick read. Fans of thrillers, sci-fi/futuristic narratives, and a blend of action, romance, and family conflict will love EXO.
CalvinJim More than 1 year ago
I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In the opening chapter of Fonda Lee’s sophomore novel, Exo, two characters, Donovan and Jet, are observing a young boy while looking for terrorists. They are the titular Exos, police/soldiers who keep the peace in a post-War Era; humans who were trained and armed by the occupying aliens. Good science fiction is often a metaphor for what is happening today and this first image was a striking one. It reminded me of recent events in Iraq and Afghanistan where their citizens cooperated, sometimes at great danger to themselves and their families, with other occupying nations. I like to think that this is an image Ms. Lee had in mind, but in Exo, the situation has been reversed: Earth is now occupied by aliens and some humans cooperate with them to get ahead. What ramifications are there for families of those who cooperate? What do some people think of those who are “complicit” with the alien invaders? Ms. Lee stretches this metaphor much further, but I can’t say much more without spoiling the rest of the novel. The novel follows Donovan Reyes (a main character of colour too), a human teenager who was “hardened” with alien technology infused into his body. This hardening protects him like a suit of armor. As an Exo, Donovan is sworn to protect humans and zhree from dangers the likes of the Sapiance terrorists who want nothing more than to chase the alien zhree off Earth. When Donovan is captured by a Sapiance cell, he begins a journey of self-discovery in which he learns more about his family and his planet and his loyalties are put to the test. And it’s a novel I would definitely recommend for anyone who wants a fast-moving young adult science fiction. Donovan Reyes is a sympathetic protagonist. He is a tough, resourceful Exo and the decisions he makes, right from the start, impact the story all the way through to its conclusion. Yet he is still a teenage boy and acts realistically like one who sometimes allows his hormones to get the better of him. He is a teenager on the cusp of manhood who is very emotionally conflicted and with each decision he makes, good or bad, and we go along with him for the ride. And Donovan is followed by a great series of supporting characters. Anya, a young Sapience girl who we meet very early on in the book, was a well-rounded character and even though we never see her point of view, we can still see how conflicted she is in everything that she does. What little we find out about her paints the picture of a child who is a victim of circumstance. And Donovan’s father, although he first appears to be a typical, angry and misunderstood parent, is lifted above that cliche into a much deeper, more thought provoking character mostly because of his relationship with other characters. While there are several, fully-formed, well-rounded characters, some of the supporting cast struck me as a bit flat. Jet, his partner, seemed a typical happy-go-lucky, but loyal, best friend. But their relationship didn’t pop off the page and reminded me more of the loyal sidekick you see in buddy movies. Other characters, like his fellow exos, and even his zhree nurse, are given just enough scenes to understand who they are, but no more. I hope to see more of them as the series progresses. The world-building is excellent. Ms. Lee gives us a great amount of detail about the zhree technology, their political organization and the
forsakenfates More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book was beyond intriguing, you have the aliens, the humans who work with them, and the revolutionary humans. I really wanted to read and enjoy this book, but I just couldn't get into it. I've had the ARC for months but every time I picked it up, I could never get further than 40 or so pages without abandoning it for something else. The reason I give this 2 stars is because the promise was there and I eventually think I will finish the book completely but that time isn't now. ARC provided by author and publisher for review.