Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre

Enclave (Razorland, #1)

259 pages
Published April 12th 2011
by Feiwel & Friends

primary language English


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 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 knew nothing of this book when I picked it up.  I actually bought this book because of its cover and the fact that I thought it would make a good Halloween read.  I have to give it to, who every designed this cover because it just makes you want to pick the book up and read it to find out why it would have this type of cover.  The cover is creepy and so is this book but very thrilling. 
The characters in this book are very well thought out and I felt that the author took nothing for granted in this book.  She describes the subterranean world that Deuce lives in vividly so much so, that I could picture it in my mind.  The creatures that are called eaters or freaks are just that horrible.   I found myself telling Deuce to get out or fight just so many different emotions that I didn’t expect to feel while I read this book. 
I have become a fan of the more honorific style books lately.  This book is reminiscent of Carrie Ryan’s In the Forest of Hands and Teeth with out the zombies or at least I don’t think that they are zombies.  I do know that the freaks are some kind of genetic mutation with zombie like tendencies.  So, if you like books that are on the dark side and may have some flesh-eating creatures in it than I say this book is for you!  Also, if you are like me and just want something different from the safe everyday books you are used to reading than give this one a try you won’t be disappointed!!!

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