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Enclave (Review)

Title: Enclave
Author(s): Ann Aguirre
Edition: Hardcover, 259 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: April 12, 2011
Source: Borrowed from library

The Summary
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.
My Opinion
I could not put Enclave down the moment I started reading it!  I literally stayed up till 2:00am after I started at 11:00pm to finish it.  It sucks you in and spits you out; just the way I like a good action book!  Ann Aguirre has made her young adult debut memorable.

Deuce is one of the strongest, but still most vulnerable heroines.  I love love love this mix of hard and soft.  The world she grows up in requires her to develop the skills necessary to survive, but she still maintains her innocence in certain aspects of life.  Every time Deuce ran out into the corridors to do her patrol, my heart was in my chest, anxious for her to make it out alive.

Then there's Fade, one of the most swoon-worthy boys I've read.  I want him to swoop in and rescue me from the Freaks any day.  He's intense and, even though he was adopted by the Enclave, he still maintains his own views and opinions.  Fade is the perfect compliment to Deuce, and they make an amazing  team.

Speaking of the Freaks, Aguirre has written a terrifying villain.  They remind me of the mutated humans from I Am Legend, but more terrifying because they can go every where.  The mystery of why they're like that also creates a more sinister air around them; then throw in the fact that they dwell underground in tunnels I freaked out every time they were on page.

The journey of Deuce and Fade is extensive for such a short book, but Aguirre doesn't waste words, creating a fleshed out world with real danger, and clear living systems.  Not everything is as it appears, and Deuce has to come to terms with the disappointments and deaths from the exposure to these lies.  Overall, Enclave was an amazingly entertaining read, and I can't wait until Outpost, Book 2, comes out in September of this year!  So for all you lovers of dystopia, you CAN'T miss Enclave by Ann Aguirre because it is fantastic!
Trailer for Enclave
Final Rating
Book Cover: 5/5
Book Title: 5/5
Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Writing: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Overall: 48/50: A+

1 comment:

  1. I'm SO happy to see such a glowing review of this! It's on my TBR and I cannot wait to get round to it.

    The Cait Files


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