1.5 5 stars Enmity by E.J Andrews could have been a fantastic, action packed, and romantic read if only it had lived up to its potential The novel opened up promising it opens up just before the solar flare that destroyed most of the world takes place, and follows the story in alternating point of views of Hermia and Nate Nate and Hermia, along with a bunch of other teenagers who are badly characterized, might I add are forced to become assassins to overthrow the president My first piece of criticism is the alternating point of views Ordinarily, I don t like how novels flick back and forth between two protagonists in first person Their narration is all meshed together until sometimes I m unsure about whose point of view I m actually reading On than one occasion I had to flick back some pages to check, which is a sign of not very good writing in my opinion First person present tense is a tough writing style to conquer, and I m afraid that E.J Andrews did not master it I felt myself slugging through it most of the time I was reading, skimming over paragraphs that were badly written, and just wanting to get to the end There was enough action and intrigue to keep my interested, yes, but the writing style let the storyline down The romance in Enmity was another major let down It was rushed and moved much too quickly For example, one of the characters was declaring their love for another by page 133 This bothered me a lot they hardly knew each other The relationship I am referring to was painful to read to the point of eye rolling, and I found that there were few, if any, redeemable factors of this novel.Alas, there was nothing special about this There are better dystopian reads out there Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Australia for this eARC I wanted to love this one, regular readers of my blog know how much I love Dystopia and Enmity held such promise The synopsis sold me sadly the execution failed to live up to it There was enough action to keep the plot moving but poor writing turned something that could have been amazing into a hot mess It makes me sad criticising an author s baby but I m just one opinion so be sure to check out other reviews. To be honest, I really didn t like this one I found it to be too jumpy, with the two points of view We d have one scene in Harmia s POV than jump into Nate s in a completely different time and place There was no clarity throughout this book, I was lost a lot of the times with the plot and who was good and bad Harmia is a complete and utter bitch and was not so fun to read about Nate on the other hand was in love with someone after two weeks of knowing them And it was only two weeks after his family was murdered I mean really Not sure if there is going to be a sequel but I m most defiantly not picking it up.
I d seen this book at the bookshop multiple times before I built up the courage to finally get it, and I am so very glad I did I absolutely adore this book It stretches the boundaries of the typical YA dystopian genre in a way I have never read before I loved the change in perspective between Nate and Hermia throughout the novel and it was really well signposted which made it an easy read I was extremely surprised by the end of this story and I hope that there is a sequel because the story kind of just finished Never the less it was a phenomenal story and I can t wait to see how the characters progress Well done E.J Andrews. I don t actually know what happened here.Ok, so I know that a solar flare killed off almost everyone on earth There were two hundred people in the US army There are ten people left in the world, with type O blood I don t actually know what the adults do now, but the kids go to school that s right, they re in SCHOOL.Not Hermia though I think she was a dancer in a strip club Maybe.Anyway, Hermia, Nate and a bunch of other kids aged 17 20 are kidnapped and then put into a freakishly lavish training centre and trained To kill the people who are threatening the life of the President of the US , or to protect the President, or maybe both Except that their training includes being killed, almost killed, and maimed frightfully I m not entirely sure how that works either.The story is told in dual point of view by Hermia and Nate, who thankfully aren t destined to be romantically involved I liked Nate a lot, but Hermia was really annoying She judges anything and everything around her, no one is ever good enough for her She s got issues Any display of emotions makes her want to vomit, the charming thing she is Nte was much enjoyable to read about He s level headed and cares for the people around him a natural born leader.The romances in this book are oddly clinical I didn t feel any passion or fire, Nate and Hermia just saw people and fell in insta love Oh, and there was a bizarre obsession with eyes everyone was either falling into eyes or captured by eyes Eyes changed colour, pupils dilated, darkened with desire etc Eyes, eyes everywhere Actually, I remember thinking at one point that Marina was just a pair of blue eyes to Nate, maybe with lips attached for kissing Har har, I m funny.But the biggest let down of this book wasn t the world building or the romances, it was the oddly clunky plotting I really don t have a clue what was going on most of the time Some of the kids died in the training and many of them sustained horrible injuries It really made no sense if they were kidnapped to be the heart of some rebellion or protection detail Also, they were just walking around and they stumbled on the headquarters of the bad guys Moreover, the climactic battle was very confusing, with people running everywhere and getting themselves captured or killed, and then the captured people were rescued in increasingly unrealistic fashions And the ending really, really confused me.I was liking the book while I was reading it there was certainly a lot going in and I guess I d assumed that everything would eventually become clear Except it didn t So when I turned the last page, I was mostly disappointed Enmity left me very confused, and ultimately I didn t enjoy it much at all.A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review.You can read of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic. I m really sad with this book because it had so much promise to change from that normal dystopian style to something a little outside of the box but in the end I was extremely disappointed with this book and it left me with a whole lot of unanswered questions not the good kind and just a whole lot of What Can I just start by pointing out that we meet a girl in the beginning called Saoirse can i just say how much i love that name and she basically walks us through the solar flare that wipes out most of the earth s inhabitants and then we never hear from her again Like POOF Did she ever even survive I swear every time a character started going on about there family I was always like okay now he s gonna reveal that she was his grandmother but nope In the end she never even gets mentioned again I feel like the author could of at least thrown her in there or I just feel like that just wasted a huge colossal time of my reading If your not gonna mention her again then why not just describe the solar flare through Nate and Hermia s thoughts She was honestly a complete waste of a character.Characters Ok so now we re introduced to two completely different characters Hermia and Nate So lets just get straight into that.Nate Nate is supposed to be a happy go lucky, so nice it makes me sick kinda guy but I never saw that in him That random outburst at the table about his family That random time when he got that keeper to beat him up I never even saw him be happy that much at all Another one of his huge traits is supposed to be his great leadership Leaders are supposed to be courageous and wise but he just threw himself into the line of fire all the time to keep his team safe it may be heroic but leaving your group to try and figure out what to do once your dead is not leadership and I always think he was just looking after himself or nearly getting his friends killed to look after Marina, not exactly leadership Speaking of what was the deal between those two Marina and Nate was the most unbelievable love story They were love at first sight I guess an then they just follow each other around for ages the they randomly kiss and their what dating now Then she gets annoyed and he nearly does as its like the end What The Actual Frick Hermia so moving on from that we have Hermia Now I thought Hermia had the potential to be a really powerful character but Andrews totally ruined her At the beginning I liked her attitude and her judgemental and narcissistic ways But towards the end she gets really weird She has like a mental breakdown, and this character that Andrews has been developing as a strong figure cries all the time and just becomes a completely lost cause It s like what And that relationship with Chase I really liked chase as a character and unlike marina and Nate I felt like this romance was going somewhere They meet, they deny each other, then they finally get together thank god Then Darria walks in on them and she gets all morally righteous and decides to believe Bill s nonsense then she hates him and then when she finally sees he was lying to Darria and that he actually does love her She kills him For absolutely no reason other then the fact that she doesn t think she deserves to be loved and its like WHAT Overall Hermia and Nate were under developed characters It s like she hadn t even thought them through Not only that but there were just too many characters, and it was hard to remember them all and there weird personality s and was it just me or did anyone else notice Lola disappeared half way through the book and never came back Not only that but I think it was a weird way to go choosing Nate and Hermia s perspective as the books narrators because they are complete opposites and they go against each other and it results in the book not flowing properly.Plot lastly the plot in this was once again underdeveloped and not at all thought through It left me with so many unanswered questions and not even a sequal to answer them It explains at the end that they performed an in vitro fertilisation and that it gave them heightened senses and freak aim but it never fully explained the heightened senses or freak aim just a few mentions here and there And the The Cain wasn t explained properly or really anything It just made me frustrated that it didn t really give me something to take away.So overall I just thought this book was extremely underdeveloped and fustrating Sorry if it didn t make sense but I tend to rant a bit when I m this fustrated. I don t know what to say about this book and to be honest I wasn t sure if I would like this book or not this is probably because the cover and the font used on this cover reminded me so much of Veronica Roth s Divergent cover and heck it s probably the same elements as that Divergent cover but I don t really care about covers all to much But regardless of that, I still wasn t entirely sure about this book and yet I still wanted to have a crack at this book And I did.So while I liked the direction the story was heading in and some of the characters featured in the book, however I felt this particular title wasn t original enough for me to come to like it and maybe it s because of the genre being too much of that same thing if you know what I mean I guess in the future I may take a break on dystopian books for a while at least because it s hard to find anything original these days.Overall, while I didn t like this book as much as I wanted to, but I can still see many other readers come to like this book as it has that Divergent and Hunger Games feel to it Thanks to the publisher on netgalley for providing me with a review copy of this book. *Ebook ⇲ Enmity ↛ Love Vs LifeGood Vs EvilWar Vs WarfareWhich 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 PlaceAmongst 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 SurviveExcept, 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 Livedbecause Their Training Is Just The BeginningA War Awaitsregardless Of How Ready Or Willing They May Be This book wasn t the worst but it wasn t the best It was the worst dystopian book I ve read It was quite boring and the only reason I carried on reading it and finished it was because when I was half way and I thought I ve gotten this far and I ve wasted my time so I should just finished There is meant to be a sequel and it still hasn t come out and if it does I will read it because the book isn t finished and I m the type of person that need closure when reading and I hate it when authors leave the book unfinished. My feelings towards this novel changed as the story progressed During the first few chapters, I felt that it lacked emotion and direction But after a while, I began to enjoy reading from Nate and Hermia s perspective I started to love the characters like they were my own friends, and I was eager to know what was in store for them all Full review here