praise for The Exo Project

"With The Exo Project, Andrew DeYoung has proven himself capable of entering territory few writers can manage. It’s enough that his debut is a thrilling science fiction story. But add in prose that feels both effortless, yet expertly crafted, and you have the recipe for an astounding novel. And that’s exactly what The Exo Project is — astounding. I can’t say enough about this book. It grabs you on the first page and doesn’t let go until the last. It truly is a needed and welcome addition to young adult literature." -Bryan Bliss, author of Meet Me Here and No Parking at the End Times

"The Exo Project has a weird, fantastical premise that works very well in DeYoung’s execution. Readers will be sucked into both Matthew and Kiva’s stories as the teens are forced to take on responsibilities that neither wants and struggle against forces beyond their control...In addition to its entertainment value, the book’s greatest strength is its willingness to take on such issues as climate change, bigotry, sexism, violence, and responsibility for the common good." -VOYA

"The world building is impeccable, with backstories fully developed for both planets that show the folly and weaknesses of humanity even across the galaxies... The complexities of warring loyalties are played out through the accessible perspectives of Matthew and Kiva... This will be a treat for sci-fi fans." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

DeYoung has wrapped a love story in a meditation on gender-based violence….the story offers much to chew on. – Minneapolis Star Tribune 

“First-time author DeYoung offers straightforward yet effective storytelling, which makes for a refreshing change from science fiction with convoluted and multilevel plots…. this is an enjoyable read with abundant STEM connections.” -Booklist 

“This debut novel will give science fiction readers a fresh take on the genre. Deyoung… presents a great science fiction introduction for those reluctant to the genre.” -School Library Connection