Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review of: Enclave the Razorland Series by Ann Aguirre


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. 
My Review:  
This is a post apocalyptic book which begins with an enclave living underground whose inhabitants have never seen the world above ground and where most people die before they reach their mid twenties.

Children are given a number at birth and don't receive a name until they have reached a certain age because most don't survive very long.
Each member is given a job in life, some are breeders chosen because they are believed to hold the ability to bare strong children. Some are builders and some are hunters whose job is to hunt for food and to protect the enclave.
Deuce is a female hunter and her partner is Fade a male who was not born to the enclave but was found as a feral boy who had survived on his own something almost unheard of.
While trying to protect her friend from being banished from the enclave she is banished herself and Fade along with her.
They travel to the top where she had been taught all her life no one and nothing survived, she was lied to. This is their journey to travel to the north where Fade's father before he died told him he could live where there was clean air, food and no monsters to deal with. 
This was a really good book the first in the Razorland series. I will be looking forward to reading more. I give this one 4 and 1/2 croaks....


Michelle Greathouse said...

I'm glad you liked this one. :) I am really looking forward to more in this series.


Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

I haven't actually read anything by Ann yet but I have this one on my tbr list. I'm glad you enjoyed it =)