Authors: Folami and Abeni Morris
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Rating: 5 stars
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.
The first thing I look at when reading a book is the book cover. I don’t want to be so superficial, but I can’t help it. I see the book cover and if it’s unprofessional, boring or bland, I probably won’t buy the book. Now, The Exemeus is neither of the above. The cover is absolutely stunning. The cover artist did a tremendous job.
Second step is reading the blurb. As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I knew I had to read it. A heroine who’s been dead for thirteen years? A teenage boy who has powers that scare the government? Set in the future? Supernatural powers? I’m in.
The book starts off right in the middle of the action. Dephon comes home from school, like on any other normal day, except his Dad and a woman he doesn’t know argue in his kitchen about whether they should tell him something or not. Dephon has no idea what’s going on, but in a matter of days his entire life is turned upside down. He possesses legendary powers capable of overthrowing the government, who of course wants nothing more than to eliminate him. If Dephon wants to survive this threat, he’ll need the help of the equally-legendary Hyalee, the greatest warrior Trepton has ever known. Hyalee however has been dead for thirteen years.
As you can see from the description, this book is an intriguing mix of fantasy, science-fiction, dystopian and adventure. I loved the characters. Dephon was a nice protagonist, not too arrogant as some teenage boys are, and struggling with self-confidence and his place in the world. Hyalee was interesting as well, although her fate made her more of a tragic hero.
I loved reading this book, and I would love to read more books by this author duo.