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The Exemeus: Hyalee's Story Paperback – December 27, 2012
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About the Author
Folami and Abeni Morris are a sister-sister writing team. Together they wrote (and rewrote) The Exemeus, somehow managing to accomplish it without murdering one another. Despite their facial similarities, tendency to finish each other’s thoughts and stick up for each other constantly, no, they’re not twins and thus deserve their own individual bio. Folami Morris Folami grew up in the tiny city of San Mateo Ca, where nothing ever happens and no one ever leaves. She went to Xavier University for undergraduate, getting her B.A in physics and her B.S in Biology. After graduation she returned to California, to live in an even smaller city, where even less happens, Antioch Ca. During this time she escaped the monotony by hanging out with her imaginary friends Hyalee and Dephon, and by writing the Exemeus. She finally escaped to Queens NY and now realizes that quiet and tiny aren’t so bad. Abeni Morris As luck (and logic) would have it, Abeni grew up in the same tiny little town as her sister, then she too escaped to the tinier town of Antioch. She has yet to leave. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Cal State East Bay. She is the mom of two amazing kids, who swear that they deserve a percentage of the book proceeds and a ton of the credit. At least she raised dreamers.
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I liked the multidimensional character of Hyalee and enjoyed watching her personality bloom, especially her relationship with Singleton. Their bond made the book hard to put down and I hope there will be more about the two of them in the book that follows.
This is a long novel but the characters and dialog are engaging and I found it both a quick and pleasurable read. Recommended.
When I first started reading I initially felt like it had a Harry Potter feel to it, like a futuristic science fiction HP. But my opinions about that changed as I kept reading. I think the strange things that occur in the book, like the girl that protects The Exemeus book and lives inside it who pops out and helps Delphon. And the strange magical things these people could do just gave me that HP feel. But as I continued to read it mixed in other things and one of those was Dr. Seuss. Yep, this book had a portion that felt very Dr. Seuss. I'll tell you now, that SOUNDS ridiculous, doesn't it? I promise you, it's not. Yes, it's just plain silly, but it goes with the whole theme of this book. There's lots of life or death and all that junk but yet it has lots of stuff that is silly and it all works really, REALLY well.
This story is about Dephon but the book that Dephon is reading to help him in his future is his dead mothers past. Her experiences about coming into her powers, learning about them, meeting Dephon's father and falling in love, and saving the world. Okay, TRYING to save the world cause it's clear that she did NOT manage to save the world and the world Dephon lives in is a MESS. It's ruled by an evil ruler and people can't even walk the streets. Anyway, when Dephon reads, he also sees (remember futuristic and with magic) so when he reads it kind of switches over to his mothers story and she's narrating in first person. I would say the majority of this book is actually his mothers story because we need to know all this stuff about how and why our world became the way it did.
You need to remember when you're reading this book not to take things too seriously, not to have this picture in your head of a dystopian like we are use to reading because this is definitely nothing like the average dystopian book. This is a fantasy with alien planets, with evil rulers, with magic, with crazy Dr. Seuss worlds (that's really just one small portion but I think it was my favorite part of the book, I loved it!) and with characters that you will totally fall for.
I know this isn't a book everyone will love, but I really encourage you to check out the sample on amazon and see if it might be your thing because I really found myself loving the story and having a lot of fun reading it.
This book is pretty appropriate for middle grade AND young adult readers.
I was very conflicted when rating this book I wasn't sure if I should give it 3 stars or 5. I know that's a big jump but this book is very different kind of like Harry Potter that takes place partially in The Hunger Games world with a little aliens and The Lorax thrown into it. It seems like a very off combination but oddly it works.
There are 2 parallel stories in here one is Dephon's strory the other is his mother, Hyalee's. The story starts with Dephon being given a book called the Exemeus which is basically a book of his mother's memories. From him reading it we see Hyalee's life and what leads up to the events that are taking place in Dephon's time. Unfortunately for us the reader Dephon skips around a lot white reading.
With that said some portions of the book felt very drawn out while others felt rushed. Somewhere in the middle it started feeling very disjointed. However, this book has something a lot of others don't have. It makes you want to keep reading. You really want to know what is going to happen. And of course there is the twist at the end.
I felt like this book left a lot of unanswered questions in my mind. So here's to hoping book 2 has those answers.
Hyalee was an awesome character. The battle of inspiring hope for and with those who do not have it and want to eliminate it reminds me of dealing with people on an everyday basis.
Overall the book was good. I will be sharing this with others I know will be interested. It's science fiction meets the apocalypse mixed with the paranormal. Good mix!
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