March 28, 2013

The Exemeus Blog Tour

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Welcome to my stop on The Exemeus blog tour byFolami Morris and Abeni Morris hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!

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Goodreads says: 
 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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Exemeus is a debut dystopian novel and I can assure you, it's well done. Exemeus follows Dephon, a young boy who lives in a destructed, tyranically ruled new America. Dephon lives an extraordinarily horrible life being constantly bullied and having to take care of his father,who seems to have give up on living and residing on his couch for weeks on end. You feel sympathy and pity for poor Dephon who really just wants a better life. Then, the novel picks up the pace when the Exemeus, a book, lands in Dephon's hands and he realizes he's got a destiny he has to step into quickly.

From there, Hyalee is introduced as an entity to the world. She was killed, thirteen years ago, and has been in a stasis waiting for the next mystic to come. That's where her and Dephon's fates become intertwined, as he's not a weapon for Hyalee but when combined together, you realize that they are powerhouse warriors to be reckoned with.

As their fates are written out, you see more about Dephon's father and you realize why he is the way he is and it's heartbreaking. Once he used to be joyous and willing to wish for a better anything, when someone he loves dearly is lost to him and therefore, breaks the man and makes him moody, depressed, and heartbroken. Admittedly, Dephon's father is a bit of a pain to actually like in the beginning, but that changes over the course of the novel when you begin to come around and like him.
Exemeus's  beginning is a bit lengthy for a debut but when the action kicks in right around the middle, it sucks you right in and well worth it. Lots of world building which really cements the fact that the future that Dephon lives in is utter bullcrap and that in itself is totally nifty as you often see dystopias right off the current state of the world as horrible and bleak, but don't really back it up with description.

Exemeus is a wondeful (see what I did there? ;) read and well worth the slow beginning. I honestly cannot wait for the sequel to Exemeus to come out so we can continue Dephon's story.

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