ABOUT ENCLAVE: 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.
Review by Carien (you can read her Goodreads profile here)
A Scene I’d Read Twice:
Deuce and Fade are send on a trip to another enclave. During this trip Deuce gets some new insights in both Fade as the enclave she grew up in. These insights force her to re-evaluate her view of the world she grew up in. I really loved reading how Fade made Deuce think about things and how this shook up her life.
I Didn’t Quite Buy:
There are some small inconsistencies in the story, like Deuce using the word window and then later on in the story she suddenly doesn’t know what a window is. These are very minor though and I think most readers wouldn’t notice.
The first part of the story takes place in an underground enclave. The rules of the enclave are strict and harsh. It made for a really intriguing setting and I loved discovering more about the enclave and the world around it. It was fun to read how this world is set up and to discover through the descriptions that are given where the enclave is set and to see things that are common to us through the eyes of Deuce.
Later on in the story when Deuce and Fade travel outside of the enclave the setting grows even more grim and gritty. Ann Aguirre describes everything in such colourful detail I could easily picture it. It is one of the better Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic settings I have encountered in my reading.
Deuce – Deuce grew up in the enclave and has worked hard to become a Huntress. She is proud to be one of the people who protect the enclave and provide food for those living there. But when she is partnered with Fade she learns there’s a lot more to the enclave than she ever knew.
Fade – Fade isn’t born in the enclave but was taken in as a young boy. He doesn’t fit in and is a loner, but when partnered with Deuce he has to decide whether she can be trusted with the secrets he keeps.
This book is absolutely awesome in my opinion.
It has everything I love: suspense, kick-ass action, terrifying monsters, betrayal, hope and even love. It’s gritty, dark and full of emotion. I like how Aguirre doesn’t pull any punches and shows the gruesome reality of a world in ruins and what mankind can turn into when the worst comes to the worst.
Thanks, Carien! I really do think I’d love this. Have any of you guys read it? Ann Aguirre has a few terrific series out there (Corine Solomon, anyone?)–do you have a favorite? Weigh in for a chance to win your choice of Ann’s books.