Author: E.J. Andrews
Genre: YA Dystopia
Series: Enmity #1
Publication Date: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
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.
A war awaits...regardless of how ready or willing they may be.
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An Introduction to the Enmity World
Quay used to be a small city with very few skyscrapers and residential areas were close to the city centre. Main Street runs through the centre of Quay and has every street connect from it – it is the epicentre of Quay.
60 years before our story beings, a solar flare hits Earth. Quay is the only known city to survive the devastation the solar flare inflicted: wide spread power outages, fire, earth tremors and change in climate are all effects that are felt from the flare even years after the solar flare itself. Quay was able to survive as it is situated on a peninsular with water surrounding the West, North and Eastern sides of the city and only a small amount of land area is off to the South out of town where the power plant that runs the city is based. There is a long bridge that is now basically useless as the water that used to run below it has almost completely dried up. There are now marshes and some swamp-like areas where there used to be a large river that runs out to the ocean.
The Caine’s base is nearest to the Northern side of the Peninsular whereas The Compound is off to the West. The Compound was once a large warehouse pre-solar flare and was abandoned until Darria decided to make it his base, whereas The Caine has used an old cathedral for their base.
A lot of the alleyways are home to the Old Walkers – elderly homeless people who have been physically affected by the solar flare – some suffer from effects such as reduced eye sight, lung capacity, and skin welts – even the second generation since the flare suffer from some of these symptoms.
Those who have housing with running power and clean water are also the ones who have access to schooling and hospitals. This group of people are classified as middle-class and are a significant minority. There is a huge disparity between the rich and the poor, and the gap continues to grow as the owners of the power plant that continues to run the city charge exorbitant amounts for the use of their power. The hospitals only give its resources to those who can afford it, which causes a large amount of deaths on the city streets to go largely unnoticed and accepted as the norm.
Quay used to be a very peaceful city that was inhabited mostly by the elderly because of its tranquil water surroundings. Now the average age of a resident of Quay is 32, as life expectancy has dropped radically; due to gang violence, lack of affordable health care and poor living conditions.
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