Cross Fire: An Exo Novel

Cross Fire: An Exo Novel

by Fonda Lee


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Earth's century of peace as a colony of an alien race has been shattered. As the government navigates peace talks with the human terrorist group Sapience, Donovan tries to put his life back together and return to his duty as a member of the security forces. But a new order comes from the home planet: withdraw. Earth has proven too costly and unstable to maintain as a colony, so the aliens, along with a small selection of humans, begin to make plans to leave. As word of the withdrawal spreads through the galaxy, suddenly Earth suddenly becomes vulnerable to a takeover from other aliens races. Invaders who do not seek to live in harmony with humans, but to ravage and destroy the planet.As a galactic invasion threatens, Donovan realizes that Sapience holds the key that could stop the impending war. Yet in order to save humankind, all species on Earth will have to work together, and Donovan might just have to make the ultimate sacrifice to convince them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338139099
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 189,514
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(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

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Cross Fire: An Exo Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series and will miss it
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Cross Fire" was a great sequel to Exo that wraps up all the major plotlines and possibilities. The zhree, an alien race, are divided between Mur and Rii. The Mur have colonized Earth over a hundred years ago and work side-by-side with many humans in groups they call erze (kind of like a family group, organized by skill). Some of these humans are hardened (called Exos), which means they were given an exocel when they were young, which gives them protection, strength, and other finer skills. The hardening process isn't perfect and several young children die during it. Of course, not all humans are happy to have the zhree on their planet, and the main resistance is Sapience, which has now splintered into the Human Action Party, a political group working to promote humans, and True Sapience, a more violent/extreme extension of terrorists. Most of Sapience's former activities were terrorist in nature with bombing buildings, assassinating leaders, and killing Exos they find. Exos are seen as the enemies and "pets" of the zhree (also called shrooms). However, they are independent people who work in harmony for the most part. Donovan is a soldier-in-erze, who lost both of his parents in the first book. He has been called upon by the zhree to participate in their discussions to decide who will follow his father as the Prime Liaison, and this has given him unwanted political capital. Add to that, the girl he loves is in Sapience, and Donovan is carrying a lot of weight. Everything is about to change when the Mur decide to evacuate Earth and take some of the healthy, young, hardened Exos with them. Lines are drawn and violence and tension on Earth escalate. Donovan has some tough decisions to make as the sides are blurred and what is best for humans and Earth becomes even murkier. This sequel is even more action-packed than the first and gives more insight into the aliens and world created here. I really liked the additional background and world building in this book, but it does get pretty slow in the middle. However, I liked how well everything was wrapped up and how things are changing on Earth. This series has some interesting insights into colonization and immigration that I think are really worth talking about- there's no clear right and wrong here, and how it's handled is really fascinating. This is something you don't often see in a YA series. I really enjoyed this conclusion to the duology and highly recommend it for YA readers of all ages!
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Crossfire, by Fonda Lee, is the science fiction sequel to the popular book Exo. Donovan Reyes, the protagonist, is certainly no ordinary man. He is an exo, or a human possessing an exocell. Implanted using a special procedure, exocells allow for heightened strength and intelligence compared to “squishies”, or ordinary humans. Having an exocell has never been more important, for Donovan resides on a vulnerable Earth, where humans are ruled by a superior alien species, known as the Zhree. They protect desperate humans from intergalactic threats like Sapience and are vital for humanity’s survival. Working as a member of the security forces and as an adviser to the Zhree “Zun” (leader), Donovan’s life is full of chaos and turns. But, everything changes when the Zhree choose to leave Earth, leaving humanity defenseless. Donovan and his friends know the situation is dire and must do whatever it takes to save the only home they have ever known. What will become of Earth, Donovan, and the galaxy? Read Crossfire to find out. I found out the hard way that this book is near impossible to understand without having read Exo first. I dove into Crossfire with zero background knowledge and struggled immensely. There is a whole plethora of vocabulary, like Prime Liaison, Hardening, Exocell, Zhree, and Erze that is necessary to process the events of the story. I finally gave up and skimmed Exo before coming back to Crossfire, and all my problems were solved. So, in closing, I’ll put it simply: read Exo first. Crossfire was action-packed once I was able to comprehend it. The entire last half of the book was one humongous climax, and was very entertaining. There was essentially no exposition, because it is assumed that the reader has already seen the characters in Exo, and is aware of what is going on. This contributed to the seemingly lightning-quick pace of the story. Additionally, I enjoyed puzzling through the numerous ethical questions in the story. For example, towards the beginning the "Zhree Zun" wanted all humans to become exos, despite the procedure having a 3 percent mortality rate. I rate this book 4 stars, since it was gripping and appealing to me as a lover of science fiction. However, I felt Crossfire could have done with a slight exposition to refresh the reader’s memory on the characters and terms. This is the only factor that lowered my rating from a 5 to a 4. Regarding age recommendation, I believe that children 10 and up would enjoy this book most. Because of the fast pace, even impatient readers can get through it without dealing with boring monologues. This makes Crossfire highly attractive to younger readers. Review by Anya A, 13, Metropolitan Washington Mensa