Release Date: September 4, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
I was really surprised when I read Enclave by Ann Aguirre. I went into it with no expectations and got sucked into the action packed, intense story fairly quickly. It was so different than pretty much all the other books I’d read. I’ve been looking forward to Outpost ever since then. I had to know what was going to happen to Deuce and Fade. Unfortunately, Outpost didn’t hold my attention as well as the first book.
It took me a long time to get into the book. The first 60 pages or so were very slow. Especially after the nonstop action of the last book. Once I finally did get into it, it was nearly impossible to put down. There’s the same ass kicking and creepiness that you loved in Enclave. There’s more kissing in this one! You’ll never hear me complain about kissing. There was a lot of growth for the characters in this. Since they’re in a more ‘safe’ and comfortable place it was easier to get to know them. That was my favorite element of the book.
There were just a couple of things that bothered me. One was that Deuce sometimes felt really inconsistent to me. She doesn’t know a lot about human interaction, which is completely believable since she grew up in the tunnels, but sometimes she would be completely oblivious to the actions or feelings of others and the next moment she would know these things that she shouldn’t know. At least, I felt like she shouldn’t know them. It’s a small complaint but one that I noticed several times. The other thing that bugged me were the explanations. It seemed like back stories were repeated often. It felt really repetitive to me.
Those were my complaints, but there was still plenty to enjoy when it came to Outpost. The Freaks are in abundance and even scarier this time around. Relationships develop and new characters are introduced. All in all, it was a good read.