Authors: Folami and Abeni Morris
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
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.
I loved this book. Seriously. I loved the character dynamics, their personalities, the world-building, the plot. As long as it involved Hyalee, that is. I had a much harder time with the other characters, particularly Dephon. But Hyalee? She’s pretty much the ideal mix of kick-ass and emotional. I also loved the setting. Although it’s dystopian, the main focus is on the fantasy setting with magic and prophecies, and I liked the mix of both. It was pleasant and fresh and enjoyable.
The idea of The Exemeus itself was pretty awesome too, as it allowed for two stories to be told in one book. While I enjoyed the parts about Hyalee the most, I did find Dephon was a ‘pretty okay’ character as well, and of course I have to applaud a male protagonist.
The only thing I can complain about was the book’s length. While it never felt particularly long, and the plot didn’t drag, the book was a wopping 500+ pages, and in retrospect, they could’ve easily cut some pages and dialogue. That aside, I very much enjoyed this clash of science and magic, and Hyalee now holds a special place in my heart. She’s an amazing character.