The Page 69 Test: Exo by Fonda Lee

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week, and those attending BEA and BookCon: I’m super jealous but I hope you have a ton of fun! Both of my co-bloggers are attending, and I can’t wait to see photos and hear about the exciting times!

Welcome to the second post of the Page 69 Test. The two paragraphs below illustrate what this post is.

The Page 69 TestMy co-bloggers and I have started a new weekly blog post: The Page 69 Test! Have you heard of the page 69 test? If not, it’s basically where you read page 69 of a book you think you will like. If you liked reading page 69, chances are you will enjoy reading the rest of the book.

Instead of posting the full page, we will be posting the first 10-20 lines of that page, starting with the first full sentence.

My randomizer chose Exo by Fonda Lee.

“And now it was too late; his steps carried him through the entrance. Kevin walked close behind, his rifle never wavering. Two armed men, wearing helmets and panotin vests, shut the doors behind them with a metallic clang.

They were in a cave. A crowd of about thirty people had gathered for their arrival, but at the sight of Donovan, they fell back as if jolted by an electrical barrier. A murmur of shock rose up and echoed against the rock walls and low ceiling. Donovan felt the muzzle of Kevin’s rifle jab into the small of his back. He walked forward, his heart pounding in his throat. Everywhere, he saw hostile stares, rough clothes and faces, unmarked hands–all of it start under the intermittent glare of LED lights running down the tunnel walls, leading him deeper into the hillside. “Home, sweet home!” Kevin shouted. “Someone find Saul, will you? I’ve been out hunting and bagged a big one!”

Donovan bit down. You had nothing to do with it.

What do you think? What do you Kevin meant by “hunting?” And why exactly is Donovan being held captive? Hmmm…

Synopsis of Exo by Fonda Lee

EXOIt’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 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…


Have you used the Page 69 test?


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