Enclave (Razorland #1)
By Ann Aguirre
Published April 12, 2011 by Feiwel & Friends
Find it here on Amazon!
Found on 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–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.
Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world–facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to feel about this book, honestly. There were a ton of SUPER mixed reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads, but the summary was too interesting for me to pass up. Come on, the future, zombies, and a dystopian romance? I’m pretty sure nothing is more mainstream than this right about now.
So why didn’t I ever hear of this book until I’d dug fairly deeply into everything that Goodreads has available? Not a clue.
But I loved it. And I went and immediately bought the other two, because I couldn’t help myself and my self-control sucks (and also my money management skills, shhh…).
A brief summary on the whole series (without super spoiling anything): It’s about a century into the future, and humans screwed up Earth by sciencing like there was no tomorrow…until there really wasn’t a tomorrow for a lot of them. They killed the majority of the population off with chemical and biological warfare, and those left were either mutated or stuck living in various forms of seclusion. The main character, Deuce, was born in an enclave that took up a place in what was left of New York City’s subway system, trying to survive on what was passed down from very short generation to generation. She had never seen sunlight, or been in a space wider or taller than a subway tunnel. When she comes of age (in the enclave, it’s fifteen) she becomes a Huntress for the enclave…kind of their law enforcement/food provider/all around muscle. And she is a BADASS. I enjoy a good badass woman in my books. She gets partnered up with Fade, who found his way into the enclave from topside, and sparks fly (hahaha…you’ll see what I did there if you read it…I amuse myself sometimes.) Eventually they find their way topside…and so do the mutants that they’ve been fighting. General warfare/badassery ensues as they meet new communities and learn about the world that came before.
And there’s a happy ending. I’m a sucker for a happy ending.
This entire series was honestly a roller-coaster for me, mentally and emotionally. I spent the whole thing laughing, crying, and becoming unreasonably frustrated with some of the things that Deuce chooses to do/think.
It does get sort of love-triangle-ish, which is honestly one of my pet peeves…but Ann Aguirre executed this extremely well and doesn’t make it too angsty. And the character development that you see throughout all three books of the main characters is INCREDIBLE. You are really able to put yourself in Deuce’s mindset and grow along with her as she learns that the whole world doesn’t really work the same as they did in the subway tunnels.
And I won’t lie, Fade became one of my fictional boyfriends. He’s awesome. That is all.
I would hands-down recommend this book and the rest of the series to anyone. And I already have been. Which means that it gets all five drops!
So that’s it! My first book review! Here’s a picture of my dog, Loki, as a reward for reading all of that:
Isn’t he cute?
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