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A human war over dwindling resources has all but destroyed the world. In a country once known as South Africa, two cities struggle to survive. Toria is believed to contain the final generation of humans, while Jozenburg is inhabited by beings created and born in a laboratory, gifted with abilities both strange and terrifying. The two species have known peace for many years ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 355 pages
Published February 11th 2016 by Jennifer Withers
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Jaci Miller
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A unique YA dystopian fantasy set in a future world ravished by war, where humans live tentatively side-by-side with ‘superhumans,’ those who possess special powers and abilities. Two cities slowly building to a tense conflict that could destroy what little there is left of their world.

The story was easy to enjoy right from the beginning as Withers enticed you with a character who was a bit of a rebel, not easily swayed by the worldview of those in power. It was entertaining, with good pace, and
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Andrew
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Welcome to a world in the near future. A world that has remnants of our own dotted around its landscape and that is populated by our grandchildren (or maybe their grandchildren) and other descendants. The other descendants are, uh, different, but not TOO different…

And it is these inhabitants of two closely situated Cities that provide “The War Between” with its conflict and its heroes.

Withers has creates a world filled with characters that are both believable and enjoyable AND she uses them to t
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Gretchen
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book as a prize in a Goodreads Giveaway.

And I’m so glad that I did! Even though it is certainly not a genre that I normally enjoy reading, Jennifer Withers made “The War Between” into such a good read that it transcended its genre. It started slowly, mind you, then – KAPOW – I had to keep reading, devouring the book like a ravenous animal.
And I really enjoyed the references to South Africa! Because we read books mainly from the US and the UK, we don’t often get referenc
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Paula van der Riet
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of a Giveaway on Goodreads.

Here goes with my first book review ever.

I found “The War Between” to be extremely well written and enjoyable, even though it falls outside my usual area of interest.

The bleak landscape was very well portrayed - I found myself wanting rain as much as her characters, and could almost feel actual thirst! It was great reading about places that I’m familiar with, although this also made me want to know where the other city states were, and se
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James George
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The War Between” is a dystopian sci-fi novel by debut South African novelist Jennifer Withers. Here are some thoughts, in no particular order.

1. I absolutely love this title. It really resonates with me. The cover is terrific as well.
2. I don’t read very much of this genre. I think it’s so much more enjoyable on the big screen than in the written format. I love seeing the visual imagery of dystopian wastelands, desperate citizenry, mutant heroes, etc. I’m obviously not the only one, as our cine
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David Tucker
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The War Between is a take on our world in the not too far distant future. The story starts off at a slow roll and then it drops off a cliff, propelling the reader at dizzying speeds. The world was fantastically painted and the conflicts and protagonists are both believable and enjoyable to share this book with.
The tapestry which the story is woven through is meticulously threaded. And I found the pace fast yet very enjoyable. The mechanics and environments created a great backdrop, which will ce
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Kim
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Can't wait for more from this author! Although not what I expected (sci-fi) this novel explores our relationship with fear - fear of those different to ourselves through the relationship of the humans and the super-humans. When talking of the super-humans, one of the characters says "They're like humans Mom. Some of them value all life. Some of them only value their own". And isn't this a great way to summarize the human race - it is often our fears that motivate our words and actions. I would h ...more
Pauline Wharton
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I read quite a lot of debut novels and this one is the best I've come across. It's an interesting and occasionally gripping plot by an author who has a feel for language, shows skill in handling difficult techniques and whose book has an underlying idea that she wants to get across. I would like to have given it four stars as I see many other readers have, but I did have one or two problems with it. For a start, I think it is too long, and parts could have been cut out without damaging the story ...more
Sian B. Claven
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
After wading through so many typical post-apocalyptic stories, Jennifer Wither's delivers a unique tale that really captures the essence and reality of how a post-apocalyptic world would affect those trying to survive in it.

Revolving around post-apocalyptic South Africa, specifically the Gauteng Region, a peace treaty between humans and super-humans hangs precariously in the balance as resources are hard to come by and fear between the specifies, as well as what lays in the Waste between the cit
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Riley K.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this dystopian novel set in the future. It really puts things into perspective especially with everything going on in the world. There is a mentality of us versus them (humans vs. superhumans) and in the book, the lines are drawn as the good guys and ladies take on the corrupted people.
I enjoyed the fact that it was set in a foreign (to me) place. It got me out of my normal comfort zone. The in-depth character gr
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Angelique Pacheco
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved this book. I love that it’s set in my hometown of Pretoria, South Africa. I love that I can drive down the roads and see Jennifer’s idea of “The Waste” and laugh because her descriptions are so real and so spot on. She had quite a few characters in her book and I loved how developed each one was and how everything blended into the story quite well. This is a fast-paced, high action book with a great story line and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys dystopian novels.
Sebastian Jooste
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The War Between is a exhilarating book that I was unable to put down, it has a rich story line that mixed culture and fiction, one might say it had me flipping through the pages like a hot potato. The characters were well written and the story had me enthralled so I was sad when the book came to an end. I look forward to more novels from the Author.
Tracy
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really enjoyable and easy read. Lovely to read something that takes place in South Africa, which made it easier to relate to. Loved the characters, although I would have liked a little more time to get to know them. Found myself feeling quiet sad when the story ended - I wanted more! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Katherine
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for feedback.

I think it's really excellent to see more scifi and dystopia coming out of South Africa. While I'm not a huge fan of super-powers, I think this is a solid effort and Withers is an author to watch.
T.S. O'Neil
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
The War Between. My initial thoughts upon reading the first few pages are that the book has a plot is a combination of the X-Men and The Hunger Games in that the people seem to be living in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by a fascist government and there is a girl with special powers who will be enlisted to fight them. I would add a bit of the Matrix series in there are the training sequences seem to be derivative of Neo being trained. The author describes the slow motion—stop frame motion simil ...more
Raleigh Steinhauer
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The War Between is a dystopian/Sci-Fi novel that has a Hunger Games esq. feel to it. And like Hunger Games, there is a strong undercurrent of social commentary about human beings and how we allow differences--socioeconomic, race, religion, etc.-- to divide us. In that regard, I found the title "The War Between" apropos. For the "War" is not simply between human and super-human but between subcategories and classes within.

The book is also entertaining and the story interesting and compelling. At
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Nthato Morakabi
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read many science-fiction novels based in South Africa. The War Between is the interweaving story of survival in a post war South Africa, where humans and superhumans are caught in a web of deceit, struggle and the ultimate goal of self-preservation. Each living within a walled city separated by The Waste, they keep to themselves in fear of the other.

The story is told from the perspectives of three main protagonists. Dominico is a super-human with unique abilities living in Toria among
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Marilyn Cohen Villiers
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting perspective on the (super)human condition

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I started reading it with trepidation because it is so far removed from the realistic genres I generally prefer. But although I had to suspend some of my prosaic incredulity at times (why did the superhumans all have such different powers? Why – if they had these amazing powers – were they still living in ruins so many years after the war? Why couldn’t they generate electri
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Claudia
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Do you like dystopia? Do you like the idea of humans with super powers, like the X-Men or the metahumans from Flash? Does first person narrative just feel so much more personal and intimate to you? There is a good chance you might be me then. And boy, was I happy with this book.

Hunger Games meets X-Men meets Wayward Pines. It's war on the superhumans again and a fight over resources and which race has the right to survive. I feel like I should start singing My Favourite Things every time I think
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Cupcakemummy
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I find reading books written locally really hard, I have no idea why though. I've tried once or twice and never make it very far so am dead surprised by how much I actually enjoyed Jennifer's book.

What scares me is how realistic her writing is, it really makes me think that something like this isn't too far off in our future and as a mom that's not something you want to think about. I mean I don't know if I'd manage living in her dystopian future. Maybe, maybe not haha.

The war between is a bri
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Anli
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I loved about this book is that it is character centric. All the main charachters were well-rounded and you get to explore the world through their thoughts and observations and emotions.
I would have liked the world they live in to be fleshed out a bit more: there were just some times that I puzzled over the history that brought this reality about, or the logistics of living the way they had to. But they are minor details and can be forgiven when your attention is once again grabbed by the s
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Michelle
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The War Between is a well-written novel that takes you on a journey that is not only fun to read but surprisingly thought-provoking too. The personalities of the three main characters jumps off the page, making them real and easy to relate to – flaws and all. Throughout the pages of this book you find yourself laughing, crying and asking yourself…is there a possibility that this could be our future? A must-read!
Stuart Withers
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this book. Quickly formed an attachment to characters and enjoyed watching how they evolved in this post apocalyptic setting. The writer has an amazing sense of including the reader in the story. This book kept me interested and involved until the last page.
Nicole Zas
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book, while not the type I would usually pick up, was incredibly well written. I'm not one for futuristic books, but I found myself waiting patiently for each workday to end so that I could go home and get in a little extra reading. I also love that the book is based in my home country.
Barnaby Hazen
I had a very hard time getting through this book. Admittedly, my taste in story-line is a long way off from The War Between. A futuristic, dystopian war story, we are given a very close, first person look at the stories of key players in a battle between humans and “super-humans.” Super-humans are people with extra-ordinary powers, like Marvel mutants, but man-made or bred from other man-made super-humans across the board, as I have understood it. I found some of the powers themselves pretty int ...more
J.B. Trepagnier
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was an interesting mix of sci-fi and dsytopian. You've got the standard land ravaged by a past war and a dictator like president who only looks out for himself. But the author decided to add a little sci-fi in the mix by adding people with extra abilities created in a lab by someone we only know as "The Creator". The lab gets busted during the war and there is only a semblance of peace between the humans and the super humans.

I normally like books with alternating narrators and this boo
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Scott Spotson
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
The War Between is a tricky book for me to rate. It is a dystopian story in the classic approach, with super humans agitating for freedom from an oppressive regime that fears them and treats them like laboratory animals. The story is told from the first person view through the eyes of three characters; Rogan, Dominico, and Syra. Rogan is a young man, while Dominico and Syra are two young women. One thing that threw me off was that none of the names are typically male or female names (except for ...more
Susan-Alia Terry
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The War Between is a novel set in a post-war dystopia. It is a solid, and well-written book centering on the precarious tensions between a human settlement and a superhuman settlement, and it’s told from the point of view of its three main characters: Dominico, Rogan, and Syra.

I liked the first half of the book more than the second half. The pacing and events were so engaging and interesting that I had a hard time putting it down. But by the second half, some implausibility caused it to fall on
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Ester
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This debut novel is Heroes meets Mad Max. After some kind of apocalyptic war, there are only a handful of humans left in South Africa, surviving within the walls of Toria, a small part of the city previously known as Pretoria. They are ruled over by Crane and his blindly loyal soldiers, who impose and enforce a vast number of rules. The people seem to have lost their free will and simply obey and accept things the way they are without challenging the inequalities of their existence.
Dominico liv
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Kendi Thompson
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I have been given a copy of this book for an honest review.

The War Between is a story between two rival societies trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic land (presumably South Africa given the play on city names and the fact Ms. Withers hails from the area). One race is human and the other superhuman and like the unfortunate mindset of society today, they are taught to fear, distrust and hate one another because they are presumed different. The story portrays themes of self-preservation, concei
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