The Exemeus (the Exemeus, #1) by Folami Morris and Abeni Morris
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Release Date: January 3, 2013
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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, 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.
Tell us a little bit about your book The Exemeus in 20 words or less.
Abeni: The Exemeus is about a boy, Dephon, who realizes that the government wants to kill him and the only person who can help him, Hyalee, is dead. The book is told from two different points of view, so you get to know a lot about both characters.
Folami: Clearly that’s more than twenty words, but being succinct isn’t an art we’ve mastered. Good thing we had an amazing editor.
What age group is your book written for?
Folami: Our book is classified as young adult, but people of all ages have loved it. We hoped to write it in such a way that anyone who loves magic can enjoy it.
A lot of books come out each day, why should someone buy yours?
Folami: Our book is very different from anything on the market. It has characters that you can fall in love with, it challenges societal norms, but most importantly it’s got a unique sense of humour. There is something in there for everyone.
Who did your cover art?
Folami: Our cover artist was Amalia Chitulescu, I hope I’m saying her name properly. She was amazing. We were so picky about everything, right down to the positioning of Hyalee’s arms. She would always revise without complaint; we couldn’t have picked a better cover artist.
Who is your favorite character and why?
Abeni: Hyalee, definitely. I love how she grows from a timid girl into a strong, confident woman.
Folami: For me it would be a toss-up between Jacqueline and Virginia. I would probably end up picking Virginia, because I love her snarkiness. She is just expressive and confrontational enough, without being ‘over the top’. She can and does say whatever is in her head.
At the end of your book there are a couple of scenes that everyone would like to see that Dephon skipped, why is that?
Abeni: Yes, a lot of people have mentioned that. There are very important reasons for the omissions, but we can’t explain as yet or it would spoil the next books. We promise everyone will be satisfied and happy that we opted to leave the scenes out.
Folami grew up in the tiny city of San Mateo, California, 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, California. 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.
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.
Giveaway: $50 Amazon Gift Card and (2) ebook copies of The Exemeus.