Thursday, August 30, 2012

Emilia's Review on Enclave

Author: Ann Aguirre (@MsAnnAguirre)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 262
Source: Bought
Rating: Escapable
Series: Razorland #1
The Other Books: Outpost, Horde
Challenge: None
Extras: Trailer, Facebook
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads

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 Deuce 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.
The cover is awesome! Two blades which I am pretty sure are Deuce's blades. Then the creepy hand on the cover, which I didn't notice until I had the hardcover in my hands, has to be a Freak.
I had been training for this day my whole life; I could wield a knife or a club with equal proficiency. Every bite of food I ate that had been supplied by someone else, I consumed with the understanding it would be my turn someday to provide for the brats.

That day had come. Girl15 was dead.

Long live Deuce.
Out of all the science fiction novels, the one I usually try to avoid reading is zombie novels. I can picture zombies so clear in my head and they freak me out. So, I usually never read zombies novels…that is, unless someone tells me I need to read one.

Enclave was suggested to me by Ivy, who loves zombie novels. I got Outpost, the sequel, for review and I wasn’t going to read it. Ivy said if I didn’t read it, she would. She told me she loved Enclave and how it didn’t scare her. Which doesn’t say much, because she likes things that scare her. She told me the main character lives in the tunnels underneath New York and how she was trained to kill these creatures known as Freaks. So it had two things that freak me out. Zombies and the dark.

However, I watch the trailer for the book. The creatures were freaky, but the girl looks so badass. So, I said what the hell, I will read it.

Enclave was action packed. The Enclave is a civilization that is formed underneath a city in the sewers. Deuce, our main character, has been training her whole life to be a Huntress. There are three main job options that you can be trained for. A Breeder is a person who makes or takes care of children. A Builder is person who builds weapons or tools for the enclave. A Huntress/Hunter is a sort of protector and hunter of the Enclave. They hunt for food, usually rats, and they protect their society from creatures known as Freaks.

Freaks are pretty much zombies. Except in this novel, if you get bite by one, you don’t turn into a Freak. These Freaks are loose outside their protected Enclave. They usually come when they smell blood, and will eat each other when one is killed. Food is food to them. The people of Deuce’s enclave think that Freaks are just wild and can’t be trained. However, after a nearby enclave is taken over by the Freaks, Deuce is starting to think the Freaks are not just mindless creatures anymore.

The book was pretty fast paced, and I could kind see that the author is trying to build the world for us. She did an excellent job on the world-building but I would have liked to see more from the characters. I hoped Deuce, Fade, and some others will stand out more in the second novel.

As for the romance in the novel, I absolutely loved it…well most of it. When Deuce goes to the Topside, which is where all the cities are, she meets another guy. I didn’t like this other romance because I really love Deuce and Fade. They better end up together or I am going to be sad and pissed.

If you love zombie apocalypse or action packed novels, you will love this one. The Freaks didn’t really scare me as much as I thought they were but I did feel my heart race lots of times. I didn’t want to read about anyone getting killed.
Outpost, the sequel, will be coming out September 4, 2012. I put the book's summary below. Please be warned THERE ARE SPOILERS!

Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.

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