Book & Author Details:
The Enemy Within by Scott Burn
Publication date: August 13th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Max has always felt like an outsider. When the agonizing apocalyptic visions begin, he decides suicide is his only escape. He soon finds himself in an institution under the guidance of a therapist who sees something exceptional in him. Just as he begins to leave the hallucinations behind, Max discovers the visions weren’t just in his head.
There are three others who have shared those same thoughts and they’ve been searching for Max. Like him, they are something more than human. Each of them possesses certain abilities, which they’re going to need when a covert military group begins hunting them down.
As the danger escalates, Max doesn’t know which side to trust. But in the end, his choice will decide the fate of both species.
This is a book which I can easily imagine being dissected in an English Literature class. You know what I mean. When the teachers asks “what do you think the author was referencing when … etc etc”. I have often wondered whether authors approached novel writing with that kind of multi layered intent. But with this story, I can see it.
This novel just unfolds before the reader, and as you ease your way through the story, everything you think you knew about the characters will be questioned. But scratch beneath the surface a little, and you might find a commentary about how we treat those who are different.
Did the author intend that? I don’t know. What I do know is that this little book felt like something much bigger and had my mind returning to it for a couple of days after I finished it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Scott Burn is a former lawyer turned writer. He is the creator of the science fiction comic book series AGON and has sold several feature screenplays as well. THE ENEMY WITHIN is his first novel.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Sarah, three step children and two toe-nibbling cats. He loves that LA offers biking, hiking, surfing and skiing all relatively close by. He doesn’t do any of those things, but imagines he might in an alternate universe.