“We’re going burning.” Australian writer, journalist and author, Tasman Anderson’s first novel, Know Your Enemy is a really good read! It was fast-paced, high action, and engaging – a top job for a debut novel!
Nicole is desperate to leave Silverlake, the small town she’s spent her whole life in, and her plans for escape and her future career are all falling into place. But when the local heartthrob Aiden points out the one thing holding her back, Nicole’s response sets off a chain of bad decisions that leaves her second guessing everything she ever knew about herself. Does Nic have what it takes to survive in this unknown world, or is she letting her desires ruin her life?
To be honest, my favourite character was Libby; with Aiden being a close second (one to add to the fictional crush list). Not too often I find myself loving the ‘best friend’, but Libby played an essential role in my eyes and her character developed really well. Anderson did a fantastic job at creating believable characters with no two people exactly alike. As a teenager with big aspirations myself, I could relate to Nicole and sympathised when her and the group were in trouble.
I enjoyed the style that Know Your Enemy was written in and appreciated the use of tension and showing and not simply telling, which was effective. However, I guessed the ‘plot twists’ that arose throughout the book including the ‘major bombshell’. Although I tend to enjoy chick-lit and dystopian, I do like a good dose of mystery and action and was eager to finish the novel. I don’t know much about cars but I loved the detail especially when it came to the upmarket drives! Based on my knowledge, there hasn’t been a story like this published yet so it was great to read a fresh storyline that included common yet important themes such as whether the truth really sets you free. I would recommend it to high schoolers looking for something fun and intense but don’t mind a little teenage drama and romance. Anderson’s, Know Your Enemy is an exciting YA read and I do look forward to reading her future works. I would rate it a 3.5/5 but round that off, it becomes 4 stars.