Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Enclave Review

Enclave (Razorland #1) By Ann Aguirre
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In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.

Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.

As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.

What I gave it: 5/5 five out of five!!! OHMYGOSH I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!! :D

Where I got it: Bought and downloaded it as an eBook on my computer.

What I think:
Okay from what you've seen from my rating I loved this book, so far out of the books I've read in 2011 this is probably #4 on my favorite list. This book reminds me of one of my other favorite series, The Forest of Hands and Teeth Series by Carrie Ryan, because it also has a similar setting. In a post apocalyptic world, Deuce is a huntress that protects her home in the tunnels of NYC from the Freaks that live in the outer tunnels (and no I'm not just calling them Freaks because I'm mean, but that's actually what they call them in a book). The Freaks are like zombies, but some are some intelligent and aware, unlike the undead moron zombies we are used to in other books. When she final graduates she is paired up with the mysterious Fade, who showed up a few years ago flee from something... or someone. Fade has had two partners before her, and she's suspicious of him. In these tunnels, Fade and Deuce job is to protect and kill the things that would love to rip them apart and eat them, along with the rest of the hundreds of people who live there. In there world, the only feeling that a Hunter should have for their partner is trust to protect their backs and nothing else, but Deuce may start to develop feeling for Fade that maybe more than the average hunter pair. But eventually, something happens that forces both Fade and Deuce to leave the tunnels, and to venture to the outside world with nothing but each other and their weapons to protect themselves.

Well, even though I want to go on about this book and spoil it, I'm trying to break that habit. This happens to me a lot, but there's always one character I want to jump into the book and slap, and Fade was that character. He irritated me from time to time, because he kept running a hot and cold messages. Make up your mind man! I like the way Deuce thought though for a mere 15 year old though. She thought years before her age and understood why she had to do the things she had to do. Even though she never was out in the world above the only home she knew, she handled it well. But other than my rambling, I recommend this book for fans of the Hunger Games and fans of Dystopians and Apocalyptic genres.


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