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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 »
“FULL of action and "what next!?" suspense that is never too predictable. ”Mrs. Heres wrote this review 9 days ago. ( 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 9 days ago. ( 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”
“I'm about a 1/4 of the way through and I'm loving it.”EJS wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Welcome to the future. A future where the society lives underground. A future where you are raised to become either a Breeder, Builder or Hunter. Welcome to the Enclave imagineered by Ann Aguirre.
This book both surprised and intrigued me despite it's original lack of notability. Aguirre does an amazing job creating and weaving the wonderfully diverse characters together and laying out the beautifully and horrifying settings. This is one YA dystopian that is not all gloom and doom and also does not focus on the romance (there is a little, but it's not the main plot) and for once there is no love triangle...whew! I love me a good love triangle, but lately it feels overdone.
Now, onto the plot. Imagine a time where someone who is 25 years is old. The times are dire and dangerous and individuals are only granted a name if they can survive to the age of 15. Enter our main character, Girl15 who has been training to become a Hunter and is now known as Deuce, an official Hunter that will navigate the tunnels filled with "freaks" who are zombie-ish without being totally spelled out as zombies, and bring back food for the other Breeders, Builders and Elders. She is finally doing what she loves only to find she is paired with outcast Fade who is quite, strange and the only one in their Enclave from the outside (he, of course is also irresponsible and irresistible). As Deuce gets to know Fade she learns to trust him and also learns that all is not as she has been raised to believe. Fade and Deuce discover that changes are happening and that the thoughtless "freaks" are developing more intelligence and strategy to hunt and try to warn the Enclave but the Elders refuse to see and accept this and the two of them are exiled and forced outside the Enclave and head "topside," only to discover that the "freaks" are the least of their worries.
This is a great read and yes, it too is a series so there is more to read if you so desire! It is elegantly written and I love when characters develop and expand their views right in front of you. They're eyes are opened to possibility. This book really takes you on and adventure and I'd have to say that if I have any critique it's that the name Deuce was entirely hard for me to embrace but only because I always seem to want to laugh like a 10 year old boy when I read it because yes, Deuce, in my mind, is another word for "poo." ”
“There was this girl called girl15 i think. But when she turned sixteen, adults changed her name to Deuce. It is their culture. I think this book is cool and has fantasy”NickyL wrote this review Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book reminded me of 'The Hunger Games' and it was a great book. It was about people living in a different place than we do. It was exciting and filled with adventure.”Megan C wrote this review Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Zombies! What more can you ask for in a book?”Ms. Althauser wrote this review Saturday, April 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 adult fantasy, I loved the idea and the writing too much to mark it down points on my rating :D.
Deuce is an awesome main character. She’s strong and determined, but she’s a good thinker, slightly confused, and very good at hiding her anxiety; she’s got very human characteristics. I also like Fade – there was some romance in this story, but a lot of action – a perfect ratio.
I also love the idea -- I'm assuming the Freaks are like zombies, and the concept of life "Topside" is really cool. I can't say anything else without giving away spoilers (also for the next book, Outpost) but it's awesome.
All in all, this is now my favorite dystopian book -- over Hunger Games, Matched, Glow, etc. This is 10 times better. It doesn't matter what kind of books you like, I guarantee you'll love this one. ”
“What an imaginative world Ann Aguirre has built! Its gruesome, horrific, and thoroughly engaging. The characters are fairly in-depth and you want them to survive and thrive. Unfortunately, living under ground with Freaks aren't the ideal living conditions!
The Enclave is a town of sorts, underground, and it has been there for more years than people can remember. When something happened above ground, it forced everyone to feel underground to survive. Those in charge in the Enclave believe that it is still too dangerous to go above. So they have created a new society to help everyone survive.
Deuce has made it to her naming day. No one gets a real name until they reach 15 years old. But that's because life underground can be very precarious. Life in the Enclave is structured and you MUST fit in the mold you are cast in. You are either a breeder, a builder or a hunter. Deuce has always known she wanted to be a Huntress! She has trained for this day, her naming day to be officially accepted as such.
As a Huntress, she will be responsible for patrolling the underground tunnels for food, threats and freaks. Freaks look like humans, but they are horrific versions of humans. They smell like they are rotting and dead, they attack humans, tear flesh from their bones and eat it. They are a constant source of danger in the tunnels.
Deuce is paired with a new boy, Fade, who has recently been accepted into the Enclave. In the tunnels they find constant danger and fight for survival every minute. But most importantly, they find the freaks are changing...adapting...becoming organized! And it isn't long before those in the Enclave learn that freaks are destroying other communities...and they could be next!
I absolutely loved this story! At this point, I've already read book 2, Outpost, and I may just not make it 8 months until the final entry in the fabulous trilogy!”