REVIEW: ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre

ENCLAVE by Anne Aguirre
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312650086
  • Source: Publisher Pitch
  • Excerpt: First two chapters HERE
  • Rating: YYYY

  • 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 to 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.



    ENCLAVE is as brutal and fierce as the territories that it inhabits. A fast paced read that will lead you down dark tunnels, encounter dangerous gangs and flesh eating freaks while exploring a post Apocalyptic landscape. It is a story that hovers in the fringes of your mind and refuses to let go.

    In reading ENCLAVE you have a story centered on Deuce, a teenage girl that is brought up in the underground tunnels of New York City post Apocalypse. Brought up to believe that the mandates of her tribe are for the greater good she never questions their actions. But once Deuce becomes a huntress and is paired with Fade, the tribe's outcast she begins to see witness the ugly truths concerning her tribe. One fateful day everything she has ever known is turned upside down when she and Fade are banished topside(aboveground), where they are left to fend for themselves and try to survive among the freaks that want to consume them. Fade's previous existence topside proves to be invaluable especially when the freaks prove to be the least of their worries, but he insists that they cannot stop until they reach the Northern lands. The adventures that ensue are filled with nail biting moments of tender exhanges and fierce confrontations.

    I enjoyed this different take on a dystopian society that Ann Aguirre has penned. The world and culture that she has created is well detailed and chilling, below and above ground. Besides it's setting I immediately felt a connection to Deuce. Her character demonstrated a passion and strength that was admirable and I understood what makes her tick. I witnessed her struggle with everything she had known to venture into the unknown and a develop a connection that she could have never imagined. I personally could have gone without some of the romantic elements in the story, but at least it is a slow building relationship that I can accept. The ending was not left on a major cliff hanger but you are left wanting to know what happens next and I cannot wait.



    1. Thanks for the great review. I'm looking forward to reading this.

    2. I am not a big fan of her adult books, but this book looks really good. I really like when book trailers look like movies instead of just photo stock.


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