Author: Ann Aguirre
Publication Date: April 12, 2011
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian
Copy provided by: Teen Book Scene
Summary (via Goodreads):
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
Why I read this: I'm always up for some good dystopian is why.
Plot: Full of zombie-like creatures (only without the rising from the dead and infection of the living), Enclave takes you on a journey underground to a small community that gets by with following rules that aren't afraid to sacrifice for the good of all. Deuce's goal is to become a huntress, to defend her enclave, but finds that all is not right and fair and is exiled to the dreaded Topside with Fade, a former topsider. There's a lot of fighting in this book and I love how kick-butt Deuce is. Add in a little romance, a lot of danger and you've got a great read here. I can't wait for more of this series.
Characters: Deuce is a strong female lead, who knows how to hold her own and stands her ground. I really liked her and hope to see more of who she is outside of the enclave in the next books. Fade is a bit of a moody character and one who I was unsure of but now has grown on me. I can't wait to see what blossoms between the two.
Relatability: I think fans of Hunger Games and dystopian or zombie fiction will enjoy this one.
Cover Commentary: I love it. Deuce uses dual knives, so it's very fitting.
Rating: 5/5 Roses
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