Release Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Delacourte Press; 368 pages
For fans of The Hunger Games, Matched, Divergent, and The Fifth Wave, this fast-paced futuristic thriller tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cass and her fight to protect her younger brother from an unimaginably terrifying enemy.
The Deadliest Enemy feels no fear.
When the Fearless invaded, they injected everyone in their path with the same serum that stripped them of humanity.
Life became a waking nightmare.
Cass has the invasion seared in her memory. Seven years later, she and her brother, Jori, are living on Hope Island in a community of survivors. No one can enter, and no one can leave.
It's the only way to stay safe.
But when Hope Island's security is breeched and Jori is taken by the Fearless, Cass will risk everything to get him back.
So I guess it's not really against the author except for the fact that she went the normal YA route but I would've preferred the story with no romance than what was given in this. It definitely took away from everything. If the focus would've been solely on sibling relationships, because there's two of them in here, I would've enjoyed everything a lot more. And speaking of sibling relationships, I really enjoyed Jori and Cass. They had such a strong bond that goes beyond just brother and sister but it could be because she basically raised him. She's not only his sister but his mother figure, as well. That changes a relationship and it showed.
I really loved Sol for about half the book or maybe even a little more. He changed too much from the beginning of the book until the end. But he's the best friend who I was rooting for in the beginning. And even when they grew up together and really, he was the one I was always rooting for, which, is the story of my life. I always tend to lean toward the best friend characters and I know I'm always going to get screwed. I should be used to this but it gets me every time.
The premise of the book is fascinating. The fact that scientists create this serum to help soldiers with not only Posttraumatic Stress Disorder but also to help feel less fear when on the battle grounds. I can only imagine how tough it must be for a lot of people to kill the enemy. I know it's a kill or be killed or be killed situation but I can't imagine that makes it any easier. But this serum does the trick. The problem is, things went wrong with it. As it always does. They created fearless monster who basically couldn't feel any emotions and just killed. It was a scary, gruesome world. I loved this because it seems very realistic.
Overall, the book was enjoyable. It had so much potential but I really think the romance aspect brought it down for me. A lot. If you love a good post-apocolyptic read, I think you'd enjoy this a lot.
Thank you so much to Random House for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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