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“Love, love, LOVE this book. I usually don’t read Young Adult books – although the ideas are awesome, especially with the recent burst of dystopian and apocalypse books, I find the style of the authors to always be wanting. This was not the case for this book; although it wasn’t the quality of an...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I just read a few pages and I didn't grasp it. I have one of my friends read the book first and she tells me if the book is good or not...She said it good, but I don't know..”see full review » see other reviews »
“One of the best books I've read in a while!”KatieKates wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just read a few pages and I didn't grasp it. I have one of my friends read the book first and she tells me if the book is good or not...She said it good, but I don't know..”Kobi wrote this review Tuesday, October 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book surprised me - I was not expecting to fall in love with it as much and as quickly as I did. I knew it was a dystopian book with a strong female main character, but I had no idea what else was in store for me. From the beginning to the end, this book had me hook, line, and sinker.
Although it takes a few chapters for the plot to actually get moving, the set up and background information is still very interesting on its own. I never felt like things were moving too slowly or that there was too much information. The pacing and the detail were absolutely perfect for what was happening. And then, as Deuce learns more about College and the politics behind it, we're thrown into a crazy adventure that keeps throwing more and more surprises at you. I felt like I was right there with Deuce and Fade and the new friends they meet along the way, and I was scared for them most of the time.
Because aside from the crumbling enclave, there are also the Freaks to worry about. We don't know much about them except that they will eat anything they can except other living Freaks and are pretty slow and stupid. Or at least, they used to be. They kind of have a zombie feel about them, which I loved. I'm kind of on a zombie kick right now, so that was a really pleasant surprise. I just really enjoy how many different variations of zombies there are, and Aguirre manages to take a well known pop culture phenomenon and make it something totally her own. So major props on that.
Like The Hunger Games, this is a very dark dystopian book (although that's really where the similarities end). We're presented with some very depressing topics, like death and exile and rape, among other things, and I think it's interesting to see how Deuce deals with them. She's very strong, and she's taught that the strong survive her entire life, so I can see how she wouldn't understand how someone would "allow" themselves to be subjected to the things Tegan is subjected too. Deuce is very narrow-minded, and she grows so much over the course of the book, and has so much more growing to do. I'm excited to see how she changes further over the rest of the series.
I also really loved Fade. I'm not sure the romance aspect was set up very well, but I think it eventually worked. I really wish we had the opportunity to see in Fade's mind in this book, but at the same time I don't know that it would have been an effective approach. He's strong, but he's also been hurt, and he kind of hides inside himself whenever things don't go exactly like he thinks they should. I think that makes him very real, and I definitely found myself wanting to give him a big hug whenever he seemed upset.
All in all, I absolutely loved this book. The plot and the characters and just everything about it made this exactly the kind of story I've been looking for. I would most definitely recommend it to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent series, and to anyone who enjoys YA dystopians in general. It's dark and scary at times, so I wouldn't recommend it to a younger audience though. I can't wait to read more of the Razorland series, and will be getting my hands on Outpost and Horde ASAP. A 5/5 for Enclave!”
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“In this book people have taken to living underground because that place provides safety from the outside world. Life is still hard and brats are not given names until their naming ceremony when they turn fifteen, before that there’s no point until they know they will survive. After they are named they start contributing to their society as a hunter, a builder, or a breeder. Deuce has wanted to be a brave hunter and protect and feed her people since she was young now she is getting the chance. She is partnered with another hunter named Fade who is an outcast in their world because he came from the outside and has never really been accepted. Outside their settlement there is a constant fear of freaks, a scary mutant that hunts them as food. Slowly Deuce starts to see those that lead are corrupt, and her actions cause her to be exiled. Fade and her travel topside which has its own dangers but they travel north in hopes of finding a better way to live. The book was pretty good and I liked the different group of people that came about after the world came to a disastrous end, good insight to how groups of people may be split. It left Deuces future hanging. ”E. Esqueda wrote this review Monday, July 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Quite an interesting book”Ras wrote this review Sunday, July 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another post-apocalypse story, one boy and one girl trying to survive with lots of fighting. Fans of The Hunger Games would enjoy this. I liked the main female character who narrates the story, and felt sympathy for the flawed male character. I also like the culture shock she had when she encountered elements of the past or Topside that were out of her previous experience. It was just a little predictable, thus 4 rather than 5 stars.”Ms. P ACS6 wrote this review Thursday, June 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“FULL of action and "what next!?" suspense that is never too predictable. ”Mrs. Heres wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE 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.”Ms. Poole wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Enclave is a post apocalyptic book about a girl, the girl starts the book nameless but quickly goes through her coming of age ceremony where she is bloodied and then chooses a name from whatever her blood spatters on. After her ceremony she is considered an adult by the elders of their enclave and is initiated into the combat branch of life, the hunters. She is paired with the very talented outcast of their enclave who is the only one who came from the outside. He is quiet at first and she thinks him hostile and doesnt know whether to trust him or not, but a bond quickly forms when they fight the freaks (zombies) down in the sewers in which they live. On one of their first patrols out they find a blind boy who has important news for the village. They bring him back but get in trouble for leaving their route. The boy is killed after telling them that the freaks are getting smarter and his enclave was being overran. This affects both the main character who is at this point named Deuce after the card and her partner Fade who got his name from a tag off of a bottle. As punishment they are sent down the tunnels to the town to investigate it is a 3 day hike which consisted of being pursued by intelligent and hungry freaks all the way there. When they reach the enclave the boy was from they find it overrun and everyone torn apart. They come back but get mobbed on the way and take shelter in a bus for a night and kill 20 odd freaks. They detour around the area to a path less used and find relics from before the apocalypse which they take with them to give to the lore keeper in their enclave. Upon arrival they are heralded as heroes and their stations are regained. Things quickly deteriorate though and they only go on a few missions for hunting food before they come back one time and find one of Deuces friends being framed for hoarding (keeping old relics hidden) Deuce takes the blame to save her friend, Fade also takes the blame because they have become close and he doesnt want to be seperated from her. They are sent away and everyone spits on them and curses them while they run down the tunnel. Fade reveals part of his past and tells her that it is possible to live above the ground so they head back to some people they met on a past raid for food. Deuce trades the leader of the people a shiny trinket she got from her mother and he takes her to a sewer grate to the top, from this point on Fade tells her about life up top. They have a series of adventures that involve clashing with gangs and eventually get captured, escape and then get tracked down. The gang finally finds them and at this point they all get attacked by freaks. All of the gang leaders members die and he joins the group along with another girl. They travel noth in hopes of finding a settlement that isnt ravaged and that has morals. They continue this way for awhile spend a winter in a house and learn to trust one another. They are attacked again and Deuce and the new girl are wounded it is by this chance and a vision Deuce has that they meet a trader who is old, extremely old by their standards and they go with him to the settlement they were searching for. When they arrive they find a home with a old woman. This is where the book 1 ends”