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The fight for the future begins. 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 their rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn't one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison, and Donovan's high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan's abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience, determined to end alien control.

When Sapience realizes whose son Donovan is, they think they've found the ultimate bargaining chip. But the Prime Liaison doesn't negotiate with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan's survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war. And Earth didn't win the last one....

©2017 Fonda Lee (P)2017 Scholastic Inc.

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  • K. Andrea
  • 28-09-21

Wow - a pleasant surprise!

I started reading this book on the recommendation of a friend. I didn't expect much at first, and kind of rolled my eyes when I thought things were about to be set up for another predictable cliché, and then WHAM. Not only did this book steer away from the boring standard path, it took it in the best possible direction and gave me everything I wanted. I love the character depth, the story depth, the universe, and her writing style. I love that you can empathize with nearly all the characters, and the ones that you loathe you loathe with good reason (i.e. you don't have your standard mustache-twirling bad guys here, kids!) I already consumed the second book, and plan to add the rest of this author's works to my reading list. Thank you for a fantastic work of fiction that I will read over and over again :)

Also, thank you to MacLeod Andrews for another great performance!

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  • Jessica
  • 22-09-17

Give me another one!

I usually dont listen much to books with aliens and stuff in it, but I love MacLeod and havnt listen to him in a long time, so EXO it was and wasnt I pleasantly suprised by this book.
Much of politics that was well explained and engaged you to understand why people did what they did, lot of cool action that made me chear or wince in symphaty. I mostly liked that the mc actually fell in love but Fonda Lee never took the fokus of the actual story to make it all about that like menny other books I have read.
Really hope there will be another one, want to know what happens to Earth ans the rebells.

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  • 04-05-22

Exciting Story

Two sides of same view with offspring understanding both but paying a sad price but reaping rewards.

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  • Jerry
  • 14-01-22

Young-adult science fiction adventure

The story moves briskly, the plot twists sharply in a few places, and the author does an excellent job of presenting both sides of a future world that is occupied by / living in symbiosis with a more advanced alien race. I definitely plan on listening to the sequel! It's elegant storytelling that doesn't feel simplified.

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  • 26-07-17

Alien were not sure we love?❤

Great story. A lot of political storylines. You find yourself understanding both sides. So make a great novel to follow. Wish the romance was more involved. Great friendships and loyalty. Fun & adventure. Teen novel.

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  • 09-03-17

Really good, not predictable

I really enjoyed this. Didn't know what to expect when I started, and I like that the story didn't take turns that I could predict. There were times I thought maybe certain things would happen, but the story kept surprising me. I couldn't even tell if it was a standalone or likely to be the first in a series until nearly the very end. I really liked that the author made the people (and aliens) on both sides of this conflict seem like good guys in their own ways. Or at least, even though the terrorists were actual terrorists, their reasons for their actions were understandable, and I could see how from a certain point of view, they were the good guys. I'm definitely interested to read more if there are sequels. (MacLeod Andrews does a fantastic job narrating, as always.)