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Title: The Exemeus (The Exemeus #1)
Authors: Folami and Abeni Morris
Published: January 3rd 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy
Source: Review copy
My Rating: 4 / 5
~ Synopsis ~
Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn't know it yet.
Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she has been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen - unfortunately he hasn't been born yet.
In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime: inspiring hope.
His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn't that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government's rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. when hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she's been dead for 13 years.
~ My Thoughts ~
With the overarching theme of good vs. evil, The Exemeus takes a dash of Harry Potter, adds it to a dystopian setting like that of The Hunger Games, and what you get is a fresh twist on both the fantasy and dystopian genres. To say that Dephon's existence is a harsh one would be an understatement. From the way he describes his life, it sounds as though his dad is providing just the basics and isn't an emotional support Dephon can count on. Dephon's mother died a long time ago, and he doesn't have friends, either. All he really can afford to focus on is surviving school and retreating to his room to read all evening. It would be a very lonely existence if you ask me.
With all of the above in mind, I immediately cared about Dephon and just when I thought I wouldn't like his father for the entire book, Dephon discovers how his parents met and what circumstances led up to cause his father's current behavior. The puzzle pieces begin to fall into place, and I started to understand why his father chose to live the way he had been living, even though I disagreed with it completely. Then you really get into the meat of the story at this point.
The only problem I encountered while reading this book was sometimes I slipped from Dephon's narrative into Hyalee's narrative without realizing the change in character voice right away. They were a bit too similar for male and female characters respectively. Other than this, I loved every thrilling moment. You're taken on a wild ride where anything can happen, and I love books like this that take chances.
If you're a fan of fantasy, dystopian, young adult, and romance, this is a gem of a book you'll devour in one sitting like I did!
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~ About the Authors ~
Folami and Abeni Morris are a sister-sister writing team. Together they wrote (and rewrote) The Exemeus, somehow managing to accomplish it without murdering one another. Despite their facial similarities, tendency to finish each other's thoughts and stick up for each other constantly, no, they're not twins and thus deserve their own individual bio.
~ Folami Morris ~
Folami grew up in the tiny city of San Mateo, California where nothing ever happens and no one ever leaves. She went to Xavier University for undergraduate, getting her B.A. in physics and her B.S. in Biology. After graduation she returned to California to live in an even smaller city where even less happens, Antioch, CA. During this time she escaped the monotony by hanging out with her imaginary friends Hyalee and Dephon, and by writing The Exemeus. She finally escaped to Queens NY and now realizes that quiet and tiny aren't so bad.
~ Abeni Morris ~
As luck (and logic) would have it, Abeni grew up in the same tiny little town as her sister, then she too escaped to the tinier town of Antioch. She has yet to leave. She received her bachelor's degree in early childhood development from Cal State East Bay. She is the mom of two amazing kids, who swear that they deserve a percentage of the book proceeds and a ton of the credit. At least she raised dreamers.
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