Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Review: Enclave

Book: Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #1)
Pages: 259 Pages
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Find the Author: Web
Grade: 5 Stars!
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 to 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.
My Thoughts:
I have two words for this book: Dangerously exciting.

The author doesn’t joke around when it comes to excitement. Right when the book starts, we’re propelled into the dystopian world of Deuce. It’s her naming day and we figure out all sorts of things about her lifestyle and how it’s all about survival.

Deuce is a wonderful heroine and all through the book I was finding myself wanting to be her. She is strong, empowering, and didn’t show a lot of fear. Another favorite character of mine was Fade. *Sighs* let’s just say Fade is now my fictional boyfriend. I like how he and Deuce work so well together and are there for each other. I have to say that they’re on my top five fictional couple list now.

Ann Aguirre’s writing style is really clear and easy to read. It’s also very descriptive and I liked how she showed how the characters knew very little about the “past” in it by Deuce talking about what things say like “creamed corn” and she doesn’t know what corn is.

Enclave is one of my favorite dystopian novels now and I can’t wait to read the second. The ending was a real cliffhanger and now I’m utterly dying to read the next. Enclave is definitely a book you should pick up!

Grade: 5 Stars!

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