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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 alien 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 te ...more
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Published January 31st 2017 by Scholastic
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Sabaa Tahir
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is original and fantastic and asks questions that I can't stop thinking about. Highly, highly recommend.
CW (Read Think Ponder)
While reading, Exo by Fonda Lee, I just kept thinking, 'Finally. FINALLY.'
Finally, a young adult dystopian/science-fiction novel with a writer that understands the nuances and complexities of colonialism and oppression. Finally, a story that isn't just about the suppression of individualistic expression and calling it oppression, but a story that understands that oppression is systemic, involves power, and is more than about teens spearheading a revolution for the sake of plot and action. Finall
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Justine
Last year I read Fonda Lee's debut novel, Zeroboxer and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I went in to Exo expecting to like it, and I loved it. Enough so that I'm adding it to my favourites 2017 shelf.

Lee has a gift for emotive storytelling and creative worldbuilding, which she puts to good use here. Questions of alien integration into human culture, the use of different technology and biotechnology, and who gets access to those things, all play out within the context of a story ultimatel
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jv poore
Peace Day may be quickly approaching, but a battle is about to go down while something more sinister, bigger, bubbles beneath. Tension between the Global Security & Pacification Forces (SecPac) and humans is palpable; the humans’ hatred, disgust and raw fury with the zhree is tangible, yet they plan to celebrate a century of coexistence. Coexistence applies to the fifteen percent of mankind approved to exist among the zhree. The remaining eighty-five percent faded into shadows of themselves ...more
Lindsay
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
One hundred and fifty years ago the Zhree came to Earth to invade. After a thirty year war they won. Now Earth is a Zhree colony on the edge of their space. Humans are a servant race, some of which have been taken into Zhree culture and marked as part of Zhree families/castes. A small elite of whom have undergone "hardening" as children, modified with Zhree biotechnology to have exocels, a retractable covering of armor and weaponry.

Donovan Reyes is an Exo with one of these exocels working for th
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Fonda Lee
Nov 27, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: anyone who likes action, science fiction, aliens, human conflict, moral ambiguity
Shelves: i-wrote-this
The second book in an author's career is often harder to write than the first, so as much as I love ZEROBOXER, I am especially proud of EXO. I set out to break a lot of tropes in this book, to completely twist the old "aliens conquer Earth" narrative, and to write an action-packed science fiction novel about soldiers and aliens and terrorists in a story that's ultimately about reconciling yourself with the choices made by your parents. Also, I would really like to have an exocel, wouldn't you?
alexis
Review Originally Posted on Lacy Literacy:

Exo had a lot of potential for worldbuilding, character development, and morality conversations.There were some good things about Exo, but they were more 'wow look at that potential' than 'that's good content'. Unfortunately, it did not live up to its potential. Each of Exo's flaws when combined together made each individual flaw worse.

Exo brimmed with discussion topics. Having dialogue about defining humanity and if alerting your body with alien techno
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Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

3.5 Stars

**** Thank you to Scholastic for sending me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review****


I was on and off with “Exo” a lot because there were many things I enjoyed and a few that I didn’t so I was debating between a 3 star and 3.5 star rating which in the end I decided 3.5 was a good rating since I did actually enjoy myself.

The Plot

“Exo” gets into the action immediately at the start of the book with Donovan and his partner g
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Alice
Mar 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was lacking in everything but potential.

I picked up Exo because it had an interesting premise. Aliens have colonized Earth and the Prime Liaison's son has been captured by human extremists -what's not to love? Indeed, Fonda Lee delivered on the action and drama promised within the synopsis. However, the promises that pulled me in where entirely dampened by the fact that I didn't care about any of the characters. Not. A. Single. One. The cast simply came off as flat and ill-defined. Lit
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Skip
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I was initially drawn to this book by the cover art, although I did not win the GR giveaway. Donovan Reyes is an exo soldier, and the son of the Prime Liaison between the aliens now ruling the Earth and the surviving humans. When Donovan was five years old, his father decided over the objections of his departed wife to have him "changed," undergoing an operation to create a hardened shell. Donovan is captured by the resistance, Sapience, on a routine patrol, and becomes uncertain of his loyaltie ...more
S.J. Kincaid
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was such an unexpected, fantastic surprise, since I'd heard absolutely nothing about it beforehand.

The MC, Donovan, is an incredibly sympathetic character, the plot roars forward from the beginning and doesn't stop, the characters and opposing 'sides' are all multifaceted and complicated, and this world - 150 years into an alien colonization - is vividly fleshed-out.

I highly recommend this. I ordered Zeroboxer about halfway through reading this because I enjoyed it so much.
Sabrina
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc
Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

An action packed sci-fi adventure, Exo is a exhilarating from start to end. This book captures violence, politics, and fighting. These kinds of books are unique in YA. I haven't found a sci-fi book with this much adventure and action packed goodness. I was on the edge of my set the whole time. One wrong move could, literally, start a war.

I love the world building. It is well thought out and very imaginative. The author c
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Cori Reed
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a YA sci-fi novel that was smart. Taking place on an earth that has been colonized by an alien race, it explores the ideas of colonialism, suppression, indoctrination, rebellion, trying to retain culture, and the many shades of grey involved.

Other people have written wonderfully thought out reviews. I particularly recommend the review of CW (Read Think Ponder). She breaks it all down brilliantly!

I literally bought this book because of a blind book shopping challenge, having not known an
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Angela Blount
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
Originally reviewed for YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...

Suit up, sci-fi fans—this isn’t your standard fare alien invasion plot.

Several generations after being overtaken by a vastly different and technologically superior alien race called the zhree, humanity is divided on their perception of the occupation. Those who’ve strived for a peaceful and mutually beneficent co-existence live close to the zhree and enjoy their technological benefits. Those who’ve proven problema
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages read: 49

Characters are flat, voice is bland, and I'm not invested in fifty pages. Buh bye now.
Joseph S 8B
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kind of boring...
Raina
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-go-to, sci-fi, ya
I loved the idea of this book. What happens AFTER the inevitable alien invasion?

As a world-building person, I really enjoyed all the description of places, the aliens themselves, the concept of the exocel.
I wanted to grow more attached to the characters than I did. It wasn't a super fast read for me. But those are the only real qualms I have.

It was an easy middle school booktalk - just gave them the set-up, and explaining that was so compelling that I ended up opening my presentations with it fo
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Christine
Just not up my alley and pretty predictable. Although there was the colonization aspect of it that was interesting.
Twocents
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF. I got about halfway through, and I just found too many details that had me eyerolling. I can buy into the premise that an alien species invaded Earth, we fought, and we lost. I can buy into the premise that the alien species now co-exists peacefully on Earth along with humans. What I struggled with was finding any sympathy for Sapience. They want to wage another war, starting from a disadvantaged position, against a species that already crushed humans, even when humans had the advantage. Th ...more
Samantha
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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Jocelyn
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was comically bad.

First off, the aliens were completely unbelievable, as in, you cannot believe them. They were literally gigantic mushrooms with a face that grew scissor hands. I can't even imagine what that looks like, plus, if we ever find aliens, I am 110% sure they won't look like that.

Second off, the "love." Basically, (spoiler), the main character randomly kissed a girl after just meeting her. Than they said, "I love you." WHAT'S WRONG WITH THEM!!! they just met, they don't connect
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Sharon
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I will be able to suggest this to any teen looking for a good scifi read. I liked the political angle of the people on earth dealing with a superior force that is considering abandoning the planet they conquered a century ago. There is another alien race on the way and the current ruling faction is not sure earth is worth fighting for. Weaved throughout the whole story is Donovan Reyes, a young exo, a human modified by the current aliens to be a soldier. His father works with the aliens and his ...more
Leah
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I expected more from this book. I didn't like the characters--human or alien. Also, there wasn't much action; the story was too slow. I did the the technology in this book. That was the most interesting part of this story.
Becky
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
First sentence: The boy was watching them. Donovan had seen him before: number 53 by his jersey, ginger-haired, stocky.

Premise/plot: Love science fiction? Looking to start a new series? Exo is a futuristic science fiction novel for young adults. It's set on Earth a hundred years after a successful alien invasion. There are a few stubborn humans still fighting for independence and freedom; humans who want their planet back. But Donovan, our hero, isn't one of them. He's an exocel; he's been harde
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Zachary Garrett
Exo by Fonda Lee is a Science Fiction novel set about 130 years in the future. An alien race known as the zhree have colonized Earth, bringing all of their advanced technology with them. We follow Donovan Reyes, son of the Prime Liaison, the human representative for Round Three. Donovan has an exocell, zhree technology that acts as an exoskeleton, and because of this, he is part of SecPac, the police force of Earth. After a raid goes poorly, Donovan gets captured by terrorists known as Sapience, ...more
Maddison
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Meh, from the cover of this book it had SO MUCH potential! But then starting it, like nothing happened. He was (view spoiler) and the only thing that I considered significant was that (view spoiler) Oh yeah, and (view spoiler) ...more
Allie Penn
*screams* I picked this up on a whim and I loved it! It has many of my favorite SFF tropes, including:

- aliens that don't look humanoid at all
- FRIENDSHIPS
- cool tech
- humans enhanced with the cool af alien tech
- nuanced and gray themes, therefore making you pause and think about what's going on/what the message might be
- great character moments
- sPACE POLITICS
- REALLY COOL WORLDBUILDING
- almost 0 romance

if this sounds like your kinda book, pick this up!!

content warnings: some scenes could be tr
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R.A.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
So good, so good...
But it hurt.

Donovan lives in a near future where an alien race has expanded its empire to Earth. He works as a soldier with a next generation exocel. He's out on patrol with his partner when he's taken by terrorists. His whole life gets turned upside down.

I really felt for Donovan. He does stupid stuff and I was mentally yelling at him but yet I'm rooting for him to succeed anyway.

There is a lot of complexity. The alien plus human society, the pros and the cons, were really be
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Mitchell
2nd standalone sf ya book by author. This one is quite a bit different in setting and theme then the previous book and yet has some commonalities. Both have a young somewhat enhanced man as its pov. This one though is on Earth and with aliens. And our hero is on the side of the aliens over the terrorist humans. A little bit simplistic, but readable. The situation is never all that surprising and yet there are twists and turns that definitely went differently then I expected. A little bit too tra ...more
Russell
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this one as it is a new addition to my classroom library. I really liked it. The writing is descriptive and the dialogue is real. Exo is good science fiction without focussing too much on the science. I'll definitely recommend this book to my students.
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