Thursday, March 3, 2011

ARC Review: Enclave (Razorland 1) by Ann Aguirre


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.

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
The Elliott Review:

I really enjoyed this action-packed read. The post-apocalyptic world that Aguirre creates is chilling in that life is extremely difficult, and the cause of all the problems faced by the characters is mysterious, dangerous. The enclave has to live according to the bare minimum, making difficult choices that are haunting. Above ground, things aren't much better with much of the world in a state of anarchy and decay. This world is one that is great to get lost in.

The characters and their development are quite important here. Since their world has pared them down to nothing but the bare necessities, they have time to shine. Deuce is a tough heroine who has both physical and mental strength. She is all about living the disciplined life and fighting to protect those she committed herself to. She struggles with having emotions since they are slippery things that often go against everything she has been taught.

Fade is mysterious and physically powerful in a yummy way! Due to his background above ground, he understands many things that Deuce does not. The tension between these two is portrayed so well - it's understated nature makes it seem even more real in this world of survival.

Everything about this book is interesting, well-done, gripping. I can't wait to find out more about this world and all of the characters.

Source: Around the World ARC Tours

1 comment:

  1. I'm reading this right now and I'm really liking it. Fade is yummy and Deuce is a kind of girl I want to be like. Thanks for the review!