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’s 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.
The Exemeus takes you on an exciting trip through a post-apocalyptic time where magic is not only real, but plays a major role in the world.
Dephon’s an amazing kid!! How he keeps his attitude as positive as he does, is beyond me!! He goes to school all day to be bullied relentlessly, only to come home and be completely ignored by his near comatose father, who just stares at the TV. This is his life, but in one day, that all changes. Dephon learns his father isn’t the boring man he thought he was. Plus, this amazing magical woman he’s been dreaming of turns out to be his mother.
Dephon learns that not only did his parents have magical powers, but he’s about to receive some of his own, and he’s going to be expected to save the world with them. First, he must read his mother’s Exemeus. The Exemeus is an incredibly thick book, and he has very little time to read it in its entirety. It’s imperative that he accomplishes this task.
When the story starts out, it can be a little confusing. You are being introduced to a whole new world, where so much has changed. It’s not long, though, before you find yourself immensed in this world and on a roller coaster ride of emotions. There were scenes that literally had me laughing out loud, and I’m not talking about one small chuckle. Then I’d find myself swooning right along with Hyalee, Dephon’s mother. Other times I was completely filled with tension and apprehensive about what was to come. The book keeps you on your toes and guessing about what’s to come. It is by no means your typical predictable story.
Once or twice I found myself questioning the actions of a couple characters, but this wasn’t a repetitive thing throughout the story. There were also a couple times I didn’t understand what was being said, but other than that I couldn’t find any flaws with the book. It grabs you and keeps you intrigued. The plot was great and unique. I give it a solid 4 stars!! I must warn you here…it ends with a cliffhanger. I seriously hope we’re not left waiting long on the sequel!!!
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 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 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.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest reveiw.*