The Enemy Inside by Deborah Marie Brown
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Short Story (83 pgs)
Sun Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Talk about a real-life situation! Marc is caught in the middle of old attitudes and his own beliefs. This is an important story for a teen to read and discuss.
Some stories are tough to tell and tough to read. A handful of those stories make you really think about yourself and your demons. The Enemy Inside is one of those stories.
Ms. Brown takes a touchy topic – the Aryan Brotherhood – and shows how it fits into the culture. She doesn’t suggest joining or support not being involved. Her story, full of rich characters, shows how teens can be swayed by the beliefs of their parents, the thoughts of their friends, and society at large.
I have to admit, this story isn’t for the faint of heart. Although she doesn’t mention in detail anything the group does, you get a definite feeling of the ferocity of their beliefs. I wouldn’t suggest this story for younger audiences because it can be hard to deal with and in some instances, hard to understand.
I liked the dynamics between Marc and his father. Many teens can identify with pressures from family to follow in their footsteps. Everyone should have a chance to make their own decisions. I thought Dylan made a good, positive influence in Marc’s life. The antagonists show that, indeed, the enemy can be in our own family or in our own hearts.
The sweet romance between Marc and Teresa did help buoy an otherwise heavy story. You wanted to see them succeed even when you wanted to shout at the both of them to grow up. Who hasn’t wanted to say ‘oh, grow up’? This story and all the hardships faced by Marc, Teresa, and Peter, show that you can rise above if you believe in yourself.
Although I don’t recommend this story if you want something light, I do recommend this story if you want a novella that will make you think and just might help you change your mind. I give The Enemy Inside 4 suns.