This fast-paced, sharply written multiple-perspective YA science-fiction debut opens on a future Earth ravaged by solar radiation. Desperate for money to save his sick mother, seventeen-year-old Matthew agrees to participate in the Exo Project, a government plan to save the human race by flying across the galaxy in search of a habitable planet for resettlement. He thinks he’s been given a death sentence: 100 years in cryostasis, followed by a quick death on some barren world. But then he lands on Gle’ah, discovering the strange, beautiful creatures who live there, including Kiva, the captivating teenage girl who leads her planet’s matriarchal society. Kiva views Matthew as a threat and for good reason—if he tells Earth that he’s found a suitable planet, it will mean the end of her people’s way of life. But then Kiva and Matthew discover an emotional connection they never expected—and as they begin to delve into the secrets of Matthew’s mission and the dark truth behind the seeming paradise of Gle’ah, the choices they make will have consequences for both of their worlds.
I’m not really that into sci-fi type of stories, but I’m trying to branch out of my comfort zone a little and I was given the chance to read The Exo Project early and it sounded really good. I thought it sounded more dystopian than sci-fi, which had me sold!
While The Exo Project is a sci-fi read . . . it didn’t really read like one, which was good. I mean, there were several elements and concepts throughout the book to indicate as such, but I was so engrossed in the story that it didn’t stick out and feel overwhelmingly so.
I saw a plot twist coming, but it was nothing that I predicted. I was using Kiva’s (and Kyne’s) visions from the Ancestors to guide my predictions, but I was wrong. Which made the twist and ultimate feel of the book even more exciting.
I knew Sam was trouble, even before they took off on their mission. His story was intriguing to learn more of, and he completely reminded me of a white supremacist. Not only with the way he acted and the things he said once they landed on Gle’ah, but hearing the backstory with his dad.
There were so many aspects of The Exo Project that I’ve had conversations with people about . . . before reading the book, so it was really fun reading a lot of this and feeling so familiar with my thoughts. Then talking about it after reading it! I finished reading almost a month ago and I’m still thinking and talking about it, 🙂
The Ancestors . . . I had so many thoughts about them. I was thinking there was an underlying “god” thing with the Ancestors. Reading the history and the concept behind the Ancestors, I think, was my favorite part of the book. It really tied everything together and made everything pan out to a broader picture.
I was engrossed from beginning to end, in a fast-paced world with plenty of twists. A book that is worth the read, gets you thinking about the world we currently live in and the possibility of life outside of Earth. Now with the discovery of TRAPPIST-1, anything is a possibility! 🙂