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For a century now, Earth has been a peaceful colony of an alien race, and Donovan Reyes is a loyal member of the security forces, while his father is the Prime Liaison--but when a routine search and seizure goes bad Donovan finds himself a captive of the human revolutionary group, Sapience, terrorists who seem to prefer war to alien rule, and killing Donovan just might be the incident they are looking for.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Inc.,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781338232035
Branch Call Number: Y LEE
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 21 cm


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May 12, 2018

One of my very first teen books, ‘The Hunger Games’ follows the main character, Katniss Everdeen, as she’s thrown into the Hunger Games, a cruel game where 24 people are made to fight against each other in a life-or-death game for the entertainment of the aristocrats of the world. The book is very well done, showcasing both logical and entertaining ideas about this while idea in the dystopian future. The main genre, is obviously action, with her having to fight and kill people throughout the course of the book, but also within the book is romance. Before she’s put into the hunger games, she seemingly has romantic feelings for one boy, but as the story progresses, and various factors influencing her, she begins to have(or maybe fake) romantic feelings for Peta, a boy in the hunger games with her. The overall construction of the book is well done, never failing to excite, and make the book entertaining. The character development is evident, as the characters have to adapt to being thrust into an unfamiliar environment and situation. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of either action or the adventure genre.
@Xeno of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

So, in Exo, it has been 100 years since Aliens, the Zhree first visited Earth. There was a misunderstanding, followed by a war so long it’s called the War Era, which the Zhree won. Fast forward to the present day, and humans and Zhree are living in peace and prosperity, enjoying the advancements that have come as a result of their cooperation. Except for a group of terrorists who want the Zhree off of Earth. What they don’t realize is that their actions could ignite another war, and Earth didn’t win the last one. Now, what I like about this book is that it isn’t entirely two-dimensional. Donovan, the protagonist, goes through events that enable him to understand the perspectives of both pro-alien and anti-alien points of view, an understanding that changes as the novel progresses. Even when things are relatively calm, there’s always something that happens to change Donovan’s opinions and plans just a bit. And he his friends have an attitude towards some others that reminds me of some other… similarly gifted characters I know from other books. It was easy for me to connect with all of them. To be honest, I’m not sure what I like most about Exo. I guess you’ll just have to read it and find out for yourself.
@R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Rating: 4/5 Exo is a story that is set in the future when aliens come to earth and, instead of taking over the earth and burning it to the ground, they decide to run the earth and rule over the humans. They create Exos which are human-alien mixes that are meant to keep the humans in line. Some humans want to peacefully coexist with the aliens, while others seek to overthrow the aliens. This story plays on the idea of a foreign alien race that is close to us and that we are unaware of. This story is perfect for any sci-fi lovers mixed with action and a little romance.
@sunsetzuzu of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Such a fun read! Astounding and intricate world-building, almost lifelike characters, and lots of all-around creativity, especially where the aliens were concerned. MAN, the zhree were really cool. Kinda reminded me a little of the Arsians from “The Search for WondLa” series (*tries to stifle a sob*), but more advanced, and...weirder. In the coolest way possible. I really liked the concept of the Hardenings and the speech organ. Super inventive.
Also, for some reason, I imagined Max exactly like Laura Dern. No idea why, she just gave off that kind of vibe. Plus, I recently watched “The Last Jedi” again, and I watched “Jurassic Park” last night. That definitely contributed to the Laura Dern-ness. I’m weird, I know. Speaking of which, I also imagined Anya a little like an older version of Sadie Sink. With darker eyes. Don’t ask me why.
All in all, spectacular book! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to find out when the sequel comes out...

Fonda's Lee novel, Exo, is suitable for middle grade fans of science fiction. Exo begins with a promising premise, however, it sadly does not live up to its full potential. In Donovan Reye's world, humans and aliens work together to establish a set community. Despite this coexistence, aliens reign supreme. This causes conflict between groups of humans, torn between wanting to continue their coexistence and others who want to return to a civilization without aliens. Donovan soon gets caught up in a battle between the two groups of humans, and he must choose which side is right. This book alternated between being too slow paced and too fast paced. In addition, other key points such as the romance, seemed very forced and rushed. Furthermore, side characters lacked depth and development. I felt like I was unable to relate to the main character, Donovan, due to an emotional disconnection between him and readers. I would recommend this book to fans of other science fiction novels such as The Maze Runner series by James Dashner.
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ArapahoeCatherine Mar 25, 2017

Full of action, with a great premise! An alien invasion story where the humans just might be the bad guys. I loved the description of the aliens and the exocel technology was particularly cool! A great choice for reluctant teen readers!

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Mar 10, 2017

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