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The Exemeus (The Exemeus, #1)

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.

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5 out of 5 stars

It’s always a joy when a book you thought was going to be “alright” turns out to be “utterly, indescribably awesome.” I started this one, not really sure what to expect, but what I got was a suspenseful and original story of love, betrayal, magic, adventure, greed, and petty pranks. This book expertly blends humor and tragedy and writing styles. The Exemeus was written by two sisters and I honestly couldn’t tell you where one stopped writing and another started. The story flows into a single, smooth voice and is definitely one of the better books I have encountered.

The plot:

This story is told from two perspectives. One is Dephon, the young mystic with unrealized powers living in a future dystopian society of oppression and chaos. The other is Hyalee, the modern teenager who discovers that she is descended of a magical ancient Egyptian line. This is two stories told at the same time as Dephon learns the story of who his mother was and what happened to her that resulted in the current state of the world. This was fast-paced, suspenseful, and I was hooked like a flipping trout until the very last word.

The characters:

Dephon is the first perspective we hear from. He is clueless as to who is or who is father is for that matter, but is gifted with a mysterious book by a mysterious woman out of which a mysterious girl with mysterious powers emerges. Dephon was a relatable, fun MC and I am very, very worried about him now. With the way the book ended, I have hope, but I’m still freaking out.

Hyalee’s story was a little spoiled because from the very beginning we know that she and Singleton are going to be able to touch—they had a child after all—and that Hyalee is going to be killed. Nonetheless, I enjoyed her story greatly. There were plenty of laugh lines mixed in with the serious undertones and I am hoping so badly that everything will turn out alright!

Singleton—poor Singleton! This is the first paragraph of the first chapter:

Dephon’s father had a power—a super power. Singleton Johnson had the amazing ability to blend seamlessly into the sofa.

He goes a little crazy with depression and despair after the death of Hyalee and the cruel betrayal of his twin brother, yet every so often we catch a glimpse of “the boy who had once loved so passionately.”

I adored Mallea! She was snarky, yet dedicated to duty and while I felt sorry for her, I also thought her bravery was admirable. She certainly knows how to extract humiliating revenge on a football team and how to get past military security (I also think Dephon likes her).

An awesome MG urban fantasy/dystopia/sci-fi and I am very, very excited for the next book! To Folami and Abeni Morris: Get that next book written already!

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