By Folami and Abeni Morris
YA Fantasy Romance
Published January 3rd 2013
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, fate has given her 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.
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MY OVERVIEW: I really enjoyed this book. There wasn't too much that I found wrong with it. It was a little long however. I felt it should have transitioned over to the next book in the series, about 100 pages before the end.
PROS: I love Hyalee! If the whole book could have been about her and Singleton, that would have been great. I also love Mallea. She has such a fantastic personality. I actually hope that she and Dephon end up together at some point.
CONS: Ok, ok. I know I said above that the book was a little too long... but I wish there was more from the Exemeus (Hyalee's backstory). I felt that either Dephon skipped important parts and big gaps of time, or the Exemeus did. And it just didn't flow right. I understand why some of it was skipped, cause of the big twist at the end, but I would have at least like to have seen the engagement, wedding, and a little more of the pregnancy (and nope - not giving anything away).
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: A fun dystopian adventure that brings in the supernatural. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Excerpt from The Exemeus:
A scream rippled through the emerald-green sea. "You've got to be kidding me," Singleton groaned. I signed deeply, trying to remain composed. Another scream pierced our ears, this one coming from a different direction. Within seconds the horizon was filled with no less than twenty of the slug-like creatures traveling with chilling military-style precision towards us. They were all swimming from different directions, their eyes flickering in the distance.
"No," I said firmly.
"I'm losing too much blood as it is. I'll never make it back and who'll avenge my mother? Get out of here. I will not watch you die too! Do it now, Hyles!"
"Would you leave me?" I challenged him, racking my mind for a course of attack.
I gripped my sword awkwardly in my hand as I tried to keep Singleton afloat with the other one.
"Hyles, just go or we'll both die." The creatures were close enough for us to see their rattling teeth. The combined affect of their screams was enough to shatter our eardrums. "Hyles, go!" he said again. The creatures were no more than eight feet away, and it was clear that neither of us was getting out of here alive.
About the Authors:Folami and Abeni Morris are a sister-sister writing team. Together they wrote (and rewrote) The Exemeus series, somehow managing to accomplish it without murdering one another. Despite their tendency to finish each others thoughts and stick up for each other constantly, no, they're not twins and thus deserve their own individual bios.
Folami grew up in the tiny city of San Mateo, CA, 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 graduating 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.
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 sear that they deserve a percentage of the book proceeds and a ton of the credit. At least she raised dreamers.
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