Cross Fire

Cross Fire

In the stunning follow-up to Exo, 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 Reyes 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, Earth suddenly becomes vulnerable to a takeover from other alien races. Invaders who do not seek to live in harmony with humans, but to ravage and destroy the planet for its resources.

As a galactic invasion threatens, Donovan realizes that Sapience holds the key that could stop the pending war. Yet in order to save Earth, all species will have to work together, and Donovan might just have to make the ultimate sacrifice to convince them. But can one person save an entire planet from total extinction?

Now available from Scholastic

Suitable for ages 12 and up.

ISBN: 978-1338139099

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  • Aurora Award winner
  • Oregon Book Award finalist
  • Locus Award finalist
  • Named to the Hal Clement List (LITA Excellence In Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable List)

“Brutal, intense action scenes…ultimately wins through to a hard-fought triumph.” —Kirkus Reviews

Jade City

Jade City


Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for — and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon’s bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation.

When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone — even foreigners — wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones — from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets — and of Kekon itself.

Jade City begins an epic tale of family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of jade and blood.

Available from Orbit Books.

Suitable for adult readers.

ISBN: 978-0316440868

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  • World Fantasy Award winner
  • Aurora Award winner
  • Nebula Award finalist
  • Locus Award finalist
  • Audie Award finalist
  • Sunburst Award finalist
  • Seiun Award finalist (Japan)
  • Named one of the Best Books of 2017 by NPR, B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Powell’s Books, Locus Magazine, Syfy Wire, Den of Geek, and the Verge
  • Named one of the favorite fantasy books of the past fifty years in NPR’s reader poll
  • Named one of the 22 Best Fantasy Books of All Time By Book Riot
  • Named one of the 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time by Time Magazine
  • Named #1 in Reader’s Digest’s list of 25 Best Fantasy Book Series Ever Written

“Bold martial-arts action and vivid worldbuilding… Terrific.” ―Library Journal (Pick of the Month, starred review)

“An instantly absorbing tale of blood, honor, family and magic, spiced with unexpectedly tender character beats.” ―NPR Books

“Ambitious and complex… An intense, satisfying experience.” ―Publishers Weekly

“An ambitious statement….Unforgettable.” ―BookPage

“Stylish and action-packed, full of ambitious families and guilt-ridden loves, Jade City is an epic drama reminiscent of the best classic Hong Kong gangster films but set in a fantasy metropolis so gritty and well-imagined that you’ll forget you’re reading a book.”―Ken Liu

“Fast cars, brilliant characters, and gangster kung-fu! Lee’s written the postcolonial Godfather hiding under the surface of the Avatar: the Last Airbender universe ― and it’s a fantastic read.”―Max Gladstone

“Lee’s astute worldbuilding raises the stakes for her vivid and tautly-described action scenes.” ―Scott Lynch

Jade City has it all: a beautifully realized setting, a great cast of characters, and dramatic action scenes. What a fun, gripping read!”―Ann Leckie

“Intricate, fast-moving, and brazen, Jade City elevates the fantasy crime novel to something really special. A sharp and insightful new voice.”―Elizabeth Bear

“A fast-hitting, tantalizing, sometimes unsettling, and always insightful book with a wealth of power at its core. A modern-day epic.”―Fran Wilde

“Intrigue, family drama, and martial arts magic that feels absolutely real.”―Mary Robinette Kowal

“Fonda Lee is the new Mario Puzo; Jade City has officially dethroned The Godfather.” ―Sarah Gailey

“A modern classic…Fonda Lee handles each thread with skill and style, weaving a story that feels as intimate as it does epic.” ―Nicholas Eames

“Dynamic fight scenes and vibrant world-building bring to life this sharp, memorable story of a family caught up in a ferocious gang war.”―Kate Elliott

“An atmospheric, gritty noir tale of family loyalties, martial arts and power struggles… Epic drama writ large.”―Aliette de Bodard

“Dragged me through by the scruff of the neck. What a ride! I love this book.”―Steven Brust

“A sweeping saga of ambition, loyalty, and family.”― Tina Connolly

“Exquisite writing, explosive fighting ― Jade City is as rich and deadly as the Green Bones warriors who stalk its pages.”―Heidi Heilig

“An addictive read with intense martial arts action and high-stakes character drama. I’ll never look at jade the same way again.”―Beth Cato



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 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 galactic war. And Earth didn’t win the last one . . .

Now available from Scholastic.

Suitable for ages 12 and up.

ISBN: 978-0545933438

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  • Aurora Award winner
  • Andre Norton Award finalist
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Oregon Book Award finalist
  • Oregon Spirit Honor Book
  • White Pine Award nominee
  • Sunburst Award finalist

“Fonda Lee’s Exo is a deeply immersive story that balances fantastic, original world building with spine-tingling adventure. Days after finishing, I was still thinking about it.” —Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes series

Exo is my favorite type of sci-fi adventure—a novel that makes you question everything you think about our world . . . and what it means to be human.” —Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100 series

“This action-packed novel asks readers to consider alien technology, what it means to be human or nonhuman, and the gray areas in war, where neither side is completely good or evil. Ethical questions add complex layers to this exciting sci-fi offering.” —School Library Journal

“Lee constructs a plausibly alien future society and uses the premise to offer thought-provoking questions.” —Publishers Weekly 

“The world building is impeccable here. Lee’s Zeroboxer fans will be thrilled to see the same mix of adventure, violence, and intensity that shaped her earlier novel.” —Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

“This is not the usual aliens-conquering-Earth plotline. Science fiction fans will love this title.” —VOYA (5Q rating)

“Believable, suspenseful science fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews



Carr “the Raptor” Luka is an athletic phenom, a rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing. Training and competing aboard the lunar orbiting city-station of Valtego (where It’s More Fun on the Dark Side TM), all he’s ever wanted is to win the championship title.

His talent and marketability don’t go unnoticed by the top brass of the Zero Gravity Fighting Association. They assign him a brandhelm; after all, anyone who wants to be anyone needs a dedicated personal marketing strategist. Beautiful and ambitious, Risha is one of the genetically engineered Martian colonists that Earth dwellers view with resentment and suspicion. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity, and stolen his heart along the way.

But success could be the worst thing that happens to them. As his fame grows, Carr must come to terms with the fact that he’s become an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet now angry at falling into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. When Carr learns of a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating personal secret. Not only will his choices place into jeopardy everything he holds dear, they may spill the violence from the sports arena out into the solar system.

An action-loaded story of celebrity, competition and personal responsibility, Zeroboxer is available from Flux.

Suitable for ages 14 and up.

ISBN: 978-0738743387

  • Andre Norton Award Finalist
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • Oregon Book Award Finalist
  • Oregon Spirit Book Award Winner
  • CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center) Choice
  • Named to VOYA’s Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
  • Named to the Tayshas High School Reading List
  • Lincoln Award Finalist (Illinois Teen Reader’s Choice)
  • Gateway Readers Award Finalist (Missouri Teen Reader’s Choice)

“A superior sci-fi outing.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A thought-provoking read.” —Booklist

“Lee’s debut novel is an intense, smart, and action-packed read.” —VOYA (5Q rating)

“A strong debut from Lee, combining brutal, visceral athletic scenes with science fiction action, all woven around a complex moral dilemma.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“This gripping sci-fi novel will have teens screaming for a sequel.” —School Library Journal