Usually I read books a loooong time before their release date. But there’s something fundamentally confusing about releasing a book on April 1st. Because a) is it an April fools joke? and b) you forget about it until the last days of March.
But I read Enmity in the nick of time (in one day)! Aaaand…I didn’t like it! But! YOU might. Keep that in mind.
Thank you Harlequin Books Australia on NetGalley for the e-ARC! ENMITY by E.J. Andrews released on April 1st, 2014.
Love vs Life. Good vs Evil. War vs Warfare. Which would you choose? 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.
E.J. Andrews was raised in a small town on the west coast of New Zealand by a gold miner with a fascination for guns and a nurse with an obsession with dragons. Growing up, E.J. constantly felt that she needed to write down the vivid thoughts going around her head, but it wasn’t until her aunt gave her John Marsden’s Tomorrow series to read that her writing bloomed and her interest in books became a full-blown fixation.
At the age of eighteen she decided to live with her sister in Brisbane, Australia, where she found a job working at a boat club on the beautiful Moreton Bay. In between split shifts and while others her age were out enjoying their adolescence, E.J. was writing well into the early hours, trying to get down those ever-present ideas of a not-so-bright future.
E.J. now lives on the Redcliffe peninsula with her partner and their cat Senga.
I’m just going to go ahead and say it: this was Just Another Generic Dystopian. I’m sad. I love dystopian. I snatch them up with my grimy little mitts and gobble them up. So I’ve read a lot. I hoped Enmity would add something to the dystopian noise. But nooooo.
My first “Huh?” moment came right at the prologue. We meet Saoirse. Lovely girl. Lovely name I can’t pronounce. But don’t worry! This is her only chapter! Yup, that’s right, she’s only here so we can witness the destruction of the world (not a spoiler, it’s in the blurb) and then BOOM. We never hear from her again.
My second “Huh?” moment came at the writing. I’m probably being too picky here, peoples, but some of the wording just…why?
The differences between Bill and Will are very easy to see once you get over the fact that they are almost exactly the same.
Yeah, I’m getting a super clear picture there.
It has been two days since my brain almost exploded and then I exploded at Winter yesterday.
Maybe this will change, because I DID read an un-final ARC from NetGalley. But a lot of the writing is like that, sooo…maybe it’s a style? It didn’t click with me.
There were a bunch more “Huh?” moments after that. Like when random people got their heads blown off and then everyone went and had dinner and were hunky-dory. Or how all these children have been kidnapped because…to fight…someone? If they survive? I think? Or how everyone was “going to die” and “near death” and “won’t live much longer” and “playing with death” and…
I get it. You’re all on the brink of death! SO?? The phrase lost it’s meaning because it was thrown at my face ALL the time.
By 50% I was asleep.
Let’s talk characters, shall we? Characters are fun.
It’s dual narrated (we’re totally ditching Saoirse) by Nate and Hermia! I found their voices extremely similar and hard to differentiate at the beginning…but as the book went on, they developed marvellous personalities and opinions. Little babies all growin’ up. Adorable. I like them.
But there were sooo many other characters. How am I supposed to remember their names? They felt a little flat (in my personal opinion) so I couldn’t connect to anyone. Except the girl who cried all the time. I remembered her.
And while I liked Hermia, she was annoying as anything with her judging. She judged everyone and everything. Woman, calm down. She grumps about Nate kissing his girlfriend (they need priorities) and then turns around and kisses her dude (that’s totally okay).
I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND THE REASONS BEHIND ANYTHING IN THIS BOOK.
Cait has officially filled two shelves full of ARCs…in 3 months. If she keeps going like this, she’ll have no shelf-space by October. She has options though. Either a) she’ll get another bookshelf or b) stop requesting books or c) she can move out of her room and leave it to her books. Option c) is probable. Currently she’s reading HALF BAD.