Book 47: Exo by Fonda Lee

I am taking forever in between reading and posting. Summer has been SO busy for me. 3 interns, Summer Reading, and an Essay contest with a horrendous topic that I am trying to push. I hope to be getting back on track though.

What do I say about this book? It was a great concept for a book. It had that dystopian flare to it, but it was also very true to its sci-fi-ness. I just don’t know if it was the book for me. 3 stars (maybe even 2.75).

This book follows Donovan, who is the son of the Prime Liaison to the Zhree government. The Zhree are the alien invaders that have taken control of Earth. Donovan is also an Exo, a soldier-in-erze that was hardened to protect Earth from Sapience. Sapience is the resistance that is hell-bent on seeing the Zhree leave Earth for good.

Both sides think they are right, but is it possible that neither side can be right?

This book was decently paced, but the characters were a little lacking for me. I thought Donovan’s lack of emotions was upsetting and off-putting. I know that he was that way for a reason, and it was supposed to add to the plot, but for me, it just made it harder for me to pick up the book.

I am a lover of books. I never want to put books down, and when I do put them down, I am almost always thinking of when I will be able to pick it back up again. This book did make me feel either of those. I was fine putting this one down and taking a couple of days before picking it back up.

Maybe it is the time of year that I started this (summer is super busy for librarians), or maybe it just wan’t written for me. Either way, I don’t think this was a bad book. I just do not think I was the reader destined to fall in love with it.


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