By: E.J. Andrews
Published by: Harlequin
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 9781743566213


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.

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 fast paced, action packed thriller set sometime in the future.

The world is a very dangerous place and Nate & Hermia are thrown together with eight other teenagers to train to fight against their will. They quickly learn each others strengths and weaknesses and more about themselves than they realised.

In some sections the story is quite brutal with a high level of violence, although it does fit within the context of the story. A great read for your more senior students in Year 10 and up.

This book was included in our April 2014 Secondary Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Michelle