Reading Allowed

Fonda Lee and Emily Suvada

Cross Fire and This Cruel Design Scholastic and Simon and Schuster

Sunday • November 18 • 3pm

U District store

Discussion & Book Signing

Cross Fire and This Cruel Design

Join us for an afternoon of action-packed sequels with Fonda Lee and Emily Suvada!

In Cross Fire, Earth's century of peace as an alien colony has been shattered. As the government navigates peace talks with the human terrorist group Sapience, Donovan tries to put his life back together and rejoin the security forces. But a new order comes from the home planet: withdraw. But as word of the withdrawal spreads through the galaxy, Earth suddenly becomes vulnerable to a takeover from invaders who want to ravage and destroy the planet. As a galactic invasion threatens, Donovan realizes that Sapience holds the key that could stop the impending war. Yet in order to save humankind, all species on Earth will have to work together, and Donovan might just have to make the ultimate sacrifice to convince them.

Cat thought the Hydra epidemic was over, but when new cases pop up, Cat must team up with an enemy to fix the vaccine before the virus spirals out of control in This Cruel Design, the thrilling sequel to This Mortal Coil. Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, shes working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlans plan to reprogram humanity. But shes failing—Cat cant even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.


Fonda Lee and Emily Suvada Fonda Lee's work has been nominated for the Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards, among others. Her newest young adult science novel, Cross Fire (Scholastic), continues the story begun in Exo, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection, Andre Norton Award finalist and Oregon Book Award finalist. She is also the author of Zeroboxer (Flux) and Jade City (Orbit), the first book in the Green Bone Saga, named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Powell's Books, and Syfy Wire. Its sequel, Jade War, releases in the summer of 2019. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, Eggs Benedict enthusiast, and action movie aficionado living in Portland, Oregon. You can find Fonda online at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.

Emily Suvada is the author of YA science-fiction thriller This Mortal Coil (Simon Pulse) and its sequel, This Cruel Design (Simon Pulse). This Mortal Coil was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Aurealis Awards, the Readings Young Adult Book Prize, and was the winner of an Oregon Spirit Book Award. Emily was born and raised in Australia, where she studied mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours coding algorithms to perform tasks which would only take her minutes to complete on her own. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen.

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