By: SJ Hermann
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Supernatural
If you had the powers to avenge yourself… would you?
Bullied… Years of shame… Lexi and Nathan knew pain.
MORIUM is the story of Alexandria and Nathan… and Stacy. Three teenagers who were victims of bullying all through high school. They kept their torment a secret from their family and tried to cope in their own way. They only had each other. Their friendship saw them through the seemingly endless years of suffering.
But hope was in sight… they will be graduating soon. The vision of a new life away from the bullies and the constant humiliation, gave them something to look forward to. If only that day came sooner.
One night, Lexi and Nathan saw an object fall from the sky and went to investigate. As they touched the rock, a strange power entered their bodies. Suddenly, they’re not helpless anymore. They can get revenge for all the suffering and pain they had to endure.
How will they use these powers?
MORIUM discusses the moral dilemma of doing what’s right against getting revenge. When your dignity has been shattered and your life has been a living hell… what is RIGHT?
Possible trigger warning. Scenes of self harm may be disturbing to sensitive readers.(from Amazon)
I’m not typically a sci-fi reader, but when I heard that Morium had just gotten a movie deal, I had to read for myself. Morium is an important story about the effects of bullying, self-harm, and the power of friendship.
Lexi, Nathan, and Stacy are three high school seniors that have endured severe bullying for several years. Although they each seem to deal with the abuse in a different way, it’s all the same- hiding. Nathan hides by entering his life around Lexi. Stacy hides behind a hardened sarcastic attitude. And Lexi literally hides, behind her hair, her baggy clothes, and the cuts on her arms. SJ Hermann has weaved together complex characters to create an all too common background for his supernatural story.
Although Morium is classified as sci-fi, which it is, I found it to be more like a super hero type story. It reminded me of Spiderman with Dr. Octopus (you know, the one with Toby McGuire) in the way that it introduces two “good” characters that are gifted with superpowers and turn in opposite directions. Loved it.
There are a few shortcomings, like the unrealistic bank scene, but these minor problems are far outweighed by the depth of the story and it’s characters. A solid read.
There are some graphic violent scenes, including rape and self-harm, as well as a fair bit of cursing. I would not suggest Morium to young teens or sensitive readers.
About the Author:
S.J. Hermann is a writer of paranormal, science fiction, horror, and urban fantasy novels. He has the same taste in movies, television shows and books. He currently resides in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, where he attends college to earn a certificate in graphic or web design. When he is not thinking of stories to write, he is an award winning artist. You can view his artwork here.
Hermann is an avid rollercoaster fan who has ridden over forty different coasters throughout his life. If there is a hockey game on television, you can bet that he will be watching, especially his favorite team the Chicago Blackhawks.
He is a fan of the Walking Dead and will read or watch anything about zombies. Max Brooks and Stephen King are his authors of choice.
S.J. Hermann and the MORIUM Trilogy are Anti-Bullying Advocates.
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