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The War Between novel about to launch

The War Between, a new Sci-Fi novel, will be launched at Montecasino in Johannesburg this evening. PHOTO: Supplied

The War Between, a new Sci-Fi novel, will be launched at Montecasino in Johannesburg this evening. PHOTO: Supplied


The War Between
, a new Sci-Fi novel, by first-time author Jennifer Withers, is set to fly out of e-book stores onto electronic devices with the launch taking place at Skoobs Theatre of Books in MonteCasino, Johannesburg this evening. The book is set in South Africa where inhabitants of the last known cities in the country, Jozenburg and Toria, based in Gauteng, contain the last natural resources of South Africa and are surrounded by a desert wasteland known as The Waste.

Jozenburg, is inhabited by superhumans created in a laboratory who possess strange and terrifying abilities such as mindreading, telekinesis, superior strength and speed. While, what is thought to be the last generation of human beings, live in Toria. The main characters in The War Between are Syra, a female superhuman leader of Jozenburg who was originally human, Rogan, a male human commander and top-ranked protector of Toria, and Dominico, a female teenage superhuman living the life of a human in Toria.

Following many years of peace in both cities, tensions between inhabitants are now rising as they struggle to survive due to a previous human war over natural resources. After a desperate attempt to protect the superhumans and their resources, Syra and Draiken, the twin brother of Syrah, convert their first human to a superhuman, and their success brings the superhumans and humans to the brink of war.

Jennifer Withers, author who lives in Pretoria, has loved writing since she was seven years old and will launch her book The War Between.

Jennifer Withers, author who lives in Pretoria, has loved writing since she was seven years old and is about to launch her book The War Between.

Jennifer Withers, who lives in Pretoria, with her husband, Stuart, two dogs and cat, studied English at the University of Pretoria and has loved writing stories since she was able to work her mom’s old typewriter from about seven years old. She says she has always been fascinated by the concept of the constant pull between good and evil and race and identity issues.

According to Withers, she decided to write The War Between as she felt there was little fiction available in South Africa with a similar concept focussing on superhumans. She says race and identity are contentious issues, especially in South Africa, and they define every individual, who we are and how we think, so she wanted to explore these issues in an original way.

“Superhumans have abilities like superior strength and speed, mindreading and telekinesis but are still at their core human, however in the book they are treated differently, as the ‘other’ species because of their abilities. I have always found it fascinating how as humans we often reject what is different to ourselves, whether because of skin colour, background or anything else we find threatening so The War Between was a perfect opportunity for me to delve into this topic,” says Withers.

For more information about The War Between, the launch or how to order your e-book contact jenhwithers@gmail.com