Release Date: April 12, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE
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.
I was a little unsure about Enclave by Ann Aguirre. I didn’t know if I would like it. I didn’t even know if I wanted to read it, but I read some of the raving reviews and decided to give it a shot. I’m so happy I did! For about the first 50 pages I was still a little unsure. It took awhile to get used to Deuce’s world and her voice, but after I did I was hooked!
In Enclave the world as we know it has ended. Deuce has grown up underground in the tunnels. Only learning what the Elders teach her about the outside world. But when she is given her job as a Huntress she will learn that what the Elders have told her is not always true.
In the beginning Deuce was a hard character for me to relate to. She had swallowed the Elders lies for so long that it made her a little mindless, but once she started picking up on the untruths and deceit she became much easier to connect to and likable. Her growth throughout the book was remarkable and it makes me all the more excited for book 2.
There is very little actual romance in this book. I was fine with that! The post apocalyptic world that Ann Aguirre creates really stole the show. It was so great that it left little room for budding romances. The world is well thought out and very fascinating. Between the Gangers and the Freaks it’s also very scary for the people who live in it.
Enclave is a action packed book! Once you get past the semi-slow beginning you will definitely be hooked. I can’t wait to get more answers and more of this world in book 2. I recommend this one!