Enmity (Enmity #1)Released: 1 April 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
At the Other End:
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.
The Villains of Enmity
Blake and Caden are brothers who grew up in extremely harsh and poor conditions in the slums of Quay, without much access to power or clean water. Any money they had for food their father spent on his drinking habit, and eventually his habit had led to a violent attack where their mother was beat to death in front of a four-year-old Blake. After this, Caden and Blake turned to living on the streets begging for survival. Blake and Caden grew up to become very different men, but both have a severe misunderstanding of the world around them, and what the world owes them.
Blake grew up with a dangerous and unexpected, explosive temper that flares when he becomes very angry or distressed; and, Caden has psychopathic qualities with a self-righteous assuredness that makes him think of himself as godlike. Caden knows exactly what he wants and is willing to do whatever it takes to win his place atop his self-made throne. Out of Caden’s ambition mixed with Blake’s calculated rage grew the rebel group – The Caine – from the lower disadvantaged classes looking to overthrow the current President governing Quay.
The name of Caine was Blake’s decision as homage to their mother; it comes from a book called The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk, which was one of her belongings Blake managed to take after she died. Blake fervently supports his brother who took care of them after their mother’s death, and has no limits in purporting Caden’s anxious desire for absolute control. Even if they were to conquer Quay it would not be enough for him, he wants to venture into the world again to ensure that Quay is the last city and that there are no other leaders anywhere else.