Saturday 12 April 2014

Book Review: Enmity (Enmity # 1) by E. J. Andrews

Title: Enmity (Enmity # 1)
Author: E. J. Andrews
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Publication Date: April 2014
Pages: 295
Format: Paperback
Genre: YA Dystopia
Source: ARC via Publisher

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After a solar flare wipes out most of the world’s inhabitants, it leaves behind nothing but a desolate earth and a desperate population. Existence is no longer a certainty. And with factions now fighting for the power to rule, people start to become reckless with their lives. The world has become a dangerous place.

Amongst the ensuing chaos, Nate and Hermia — two victims of the new world order — are taken against their will to The Compound. Joined by eight other teenagers all chosen for a specific reason, Nate and Hermia are forced to train as assassins to overthrow the current president and make way for a new leader of the free world. Here, they learn to plan, fight, and most importantly... to survive.

Except, despite the casual cruelty of their new existence, both Nate and Hermia — two very strong but very different people — begin to form fragile bonds within the group. But they soon realize their happiness is short lived...because their training is just the beginning.

A war awaits...regardless of how ready or willing they may be.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Enmity is a book that sits somewhere between Hunger Games and Divergent. As such, I felt like I was reading something familiar that I had seen many times before. The characters and storyline were as expected and nothing felt new or exciting: I could guess what would happen long before it took place.

That said, this is still an enjoyable read and a pleasant way to while away a few hours. For fans of books like Hunger Games or Divergent who are looking for something along then same lines, then this would be a good series to pick up off the shelf as, though not especially original, it is nicely written and presented and will be a hit with YA Dystopia fans.

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