Book Review: The Exemeus

front__cover_imageTitle: The Exemeus

Authors: Folami and Abeni Morris

Genre: YA Fantasy, Dystopian

Rating: 7/10

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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 Exemeus was a nice, refreshing read. I liked the storyline. Main character Dephon is heir to a legendary power, but in his world that means his life is practically forfeit. The government of Trepton hates hope as much as the next totalitarian government, and wishes to destroy it. Dephon offers the people hope, which makes them their next target.

If Dephon wishes to save his world, he must enlist the help of legendary warrior Hyalee. Problem? She’s been dead for over a decade.

The story itself was original and intriguing. I like dystopian settings, and Trepton was a well-crafted world. I loved the back story of the characters as well. The writing was fluent, but the pace could’ve been a bit more consistent. The book was very long as well. I feel like a 100 pages, if not more, could’ve been easily cut and it would’ve made the book better. The spelling and grammar were all right, but the book could’ve used another look over, to make the pace faster and to tighten the plot.

This is a debut novel, and keeping that in mind, it was a really good book, and an enjoyable read.

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