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Exo

By: Fonda Lee

It's been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy, but now the fight for the future begins.

ISBN: 9780545933438

JLG Release: Mar 2017


Sensitive Areas: Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
Topics: Terrorism , Extraterrestrial beings , Science fiction , Families , Rebellions , Military , Politics

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Awards & Honors

Beehive Award 2019 Nominee YALSA 2018 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Nominee
YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults
VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror 2016

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

After becoming a colony of an alien race, Earth has seen peace for 100 years. When certain children reach age five or six, they receive an exocel, or hard alien skeleton fused into their bodies. Donovan, 17, is an exo, and his erze marking designates him as an enhanced human soldier, indoctrinated since age 12 into training for SecPac, the colony&# After becoming a colony of an alien race, Earth has seen peace for 100 years. When certain children reach age five or six, they receive an exocel, or hard alien skeleton fused into their bodies. Donovan, 17, is an exo, and his erze marking designates him as an enhanced human soldier, indoctrinated since age 12 into training for SecPac, the colony’s security force. His human father is Prime Liaison, the lead diplomat between the human government and erze oversight in West America. A human revolutionary group called Sapience instigates hatred toward SecPac by encouraging people to kill anyone who is erze-marked. During a shoot-out with suspected Sapience members, Donovan is captured by the group. After being tortured, he expects to be executed, but he becomes Sapience’s bargaining chip after they learn who his father is. Even as he realizes that his father is not willing to negotiate for his release, he falls for a young Sapience member, Anya. The fate of Earth rests on his survival because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war. Donovan discovers how his choices and actions can have devastating results, and his loyalties are torn among SecPac, his warring estranged parents, Sapience, and Anya. This action-packed novel asks readers to consider alien technology, what it means to be human or nonhuman, and the gray areas in war, where neither side is completely good or evil. VERDICT Ethical questions add complex layers to this exciting sci-fi offering. For large YA collections.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

Book Details

ISBN

9780545933438

First Release

March 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.1; Points: 17;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.3; Points: 22;

Lexile

Level 810L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Scholastic

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Topics

Terrorism, Extraterrestrial beings, Science fiction, Families, Rebellions, Military, Politics,

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