Authors Showcase: Out of Exodia by Debra Chapoton
July 7, 2015
The Book: Out of Exodia
The Author: Debra Chapoton
The Story: In this sequel to EXODIA, Dalton Battista takes on his prophesied identity as Bram O’Shea. When this psychic teen leads a city of 21st century American survivalists out from under an oppressive regime, he puts the escape plan at risk by trusting the mysterious god-like David Ronel.
With Ronel’s ulterior motives under suspicion, Bram’s loyalties questioned, and a mutiny imminent, this large group of outcasts faces multiple problems. What should have been a two-week journey lasts for months as they engage in battles against new enemies.
Bram’s unusual abilities and a special weapon supplied by Ronel help them overcome obstacles but can they reach the “Promised Land” before time runs out?
About Debra Chapoton:
Debra Chapoton grew up fascinated by codes and intricate puzzles, later graduating to treasure hunts and road rallies. She loves to weave clues into her novels and, after a career teaching high school Spanish and English, she peppers her novels with the personalities of former students.
Her YA novels handle the heavier themes of adolescence while her children’s novels stick to the puzzling side of pre-teen life.
When not reading, writing or re-writing she is usually playing games or watching TV. You can spy on her blog at http://edgeofescape.blogspot.com/.
Review by Bedazzled by Books:
This book is the sequel to Exodia and we continue to follow the story of Dalton Battista who now goes by Bram O’Shea. Bram faces many challenges in this book, including love for another, testing of his faith, having to fight many battles, fending off plagues, and trying to lead a sometimes unruly mob of “reds” who are often hungry, thirsty and rebellious. Will Bram’s followers stand by him through hard times or will they choose to go their own way? Will they ever find Ronel’s promised land? And who is the mysterious Ronel?
Once again, Ms Chapoton has written a book with an intriguing storyline with a fresh concept that forces you to keep on reading to find out what is going to happen next, and the puzzling anagrams that were found in the first book Exodia are featured in this book as well. The hidden meanings to everyday words and phrases are very clever and well written into the story so that rather than be distracting, they actually are very enlightening. The continued use of a ledger quote at the beginning of each chapter hints at what is to come, and is unravelled as you read on.
The book is well written and is quite descriptive with vivid imagery and the dialogue between the characters is real and believable. It was easy to connect with all the characters in the story and empathise with them when events occurred. After reading both books, my favourite characters were Bram, Lydia, Barrett and Raul.
Like the first book, this one contains a mix of writing in the first person from Bram’s point of view as well as the third person, from the points of view of other characters. Rather than be confusing, the addition of the extra pieces written in the third person provides more information as to what is happening around the main character and was easy to follow.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Out Of Exodia, just as much as Exodia, and both books are definitely compelling reading.
I highly recommend both books as a “must read” and both of them are at the top of my “re-read” list. You are sure to enjoy these books if you like dystopia stories with a unique twist.
Review by Kindle Customer:
This engrossing saga breathlessly continues, as young Dalton Battista evolves into the promised, prophesied, Bram O’Shea (yes, an anagram), redeemer of society’s downtrodden culture. Of course, nothing ever runs smoothly when evil is involved, and so there are untrustworthy colleagues as well as brutal opponents.
This series is destined, in my opinion, for high popularity.