Thursday, June 25, 2015

EXILE: Book 3 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia : A Review

Book Details:

Book Title:  EXILE:  Book 3 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia
Category:  YA Fiction, 150 pages
Genre:  Science-fiction and Fantasy
Publisher:  Dickson House
Release date:  June 14, 2015

Book Description:
          13-year-old Teodor has found a way to escape from kidnap, how long before he is safely home?
          13-year-old Guy Erma has run away from everything he has even known and no longer knows what the future holds.

          They escaped through dark tunnels and back alleys but they also discovered a hidden terror that now threatens their entire planet.

          Two boys as different as two boys might be.  Their adventure has forged an unexpected friendship, but do they really trust each other?

Dare they share their darkest, deepest secrets?


"One of the most powerhouse imaginations I’ve encountered in sci-fi..." — Dean C. Moore, The Warlock’s Friend.
"Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia is a fast-paced and exciting YA military sci-fi read. Don't miss this one!" — Brent LeVasseur, author and illustrator of the Aoléon The Martian Girl series.
"Set in a world where fashion and fun hide treacherous politics and danger, Guy Erma and the Son of Empire will keep you enthralled." — Sherrill Nilson, Karda: Adalta Vol. 1.
A good old-fashioned political thriller - if you loved both Frank Herbert’s Dune and Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games - you will adore Guy Erma.

          Exile – for a series whose first two books are named ‘Kidnap’ and ‘Hunter’, this title itself creates a buzz. For those who have read books one and two of the Guy Erma and the son of the Empire, the story should be fairly easy to follow. It just continues where the previous book ended. Guy Erma and Prince Teodor escape through the dark tunnels of the domeside, but in the meanwhile discover a dark secret – a weapon that was placed in their kingdom to ruin the entire population and create a great impact that no one would forget easily. (For those who remember the first ever chapter of book 1, following this part is fairly easy!)
          Exile ends much as you would expect it to. But it does have a few very surprising twists and turns – the most important necessity of a political thriller. For two thirteen year olds, Guy and Teodor express grim determination and moral fibre. Their mistrust and deeply imbibed fear of each other slowly makes way to a friendship forged over time. The story moves at a fast pace in a racy escape. Teodor finally escapes his captors with Guy’s help. But once he escapes, he realises that there is a far greater threat to not only his life, but also those of his people.
          While hailing himself as King, for perfectly political reasons (Goosebumps when the people of Dome Elite say ‘Hail King Teodor’ – you can almost imagine how the scene is placed, the descriptions are so realistic), Teodor takes over the responsibility with smooth confidence. Guy meanwhile, realises the secret of his birth and slowly tries to grasp where he belongs. The plot has enough moments to keep you turning the pages, and also is totally confusing to those who don’t know what the story is about.
          Most series books do not bring up good conclusions that satisfy their readers. They are either too cheerful and unrealistic – (“And they lived happily ever after, ignoring half of the problems that were introduced over the course of all the previous books as the author lost the plotline” ) or they end with gruesome murder and sadness that those from the story who are considered to be among the ‘living’ would much rather wish they weren’t living at all. Thankfully, this series has the best possible, logical, poignant and sensible ending I have read about in recent times.
          The language is simple enough (if you are not able to follow a few words, the glossary helps). The plot is clear, with a very few holes that could easily be overlooked. The author has given a decent finisher and has finally given off a good feeling about actually ending a series of books. This is a much appreciated rarity. Go for this, you do really want to know how a concluding book should look!
Meet the Author:

          The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.
          In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.
          In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.
PRICE: $8.99 for paperback

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