REVIEW: Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre

EnclaveRating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction/ Post-Apocalyptic, Pages: 259, Reading Level: Easy

Book Description:

“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 Deuce 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.”

I’m going to ignore the fact that the narrator of the audiobook was quite annoying. I don’t know how to describe it, but it is sort of like a squeaky nasally voice. Maybe the new valley girl? Whatever it is, it is annoying.

Also, I know that any dystopian or post-apocalyptic book is immediately compared to The Hunger Games, but these books are different. I’m not saying Enclave is anywhere near as good as The Hunger Games, but it is entertaining enough that I will eventually read the others in the series.

Based on the audiobook alone, I may have only given Enclave three stars. However, if I had read Enclave, I think I would have given it four.

This review will be short. Enclave is not going to win any big awards but Aguirre probably made a lot of money on the series so far. It has all the aspects of the teenager dystopian fiction that is popular right now- teenagers as the heroes, love triangle, post-apocalyptic world. That all adds up to a winner in this sub-genre.

Aguirre writes well, the characters are well developed in my opinion and the story is entertaining. The backdrop is not set up as well as other books, but it really doesn’t matter. Kids will love it. I probably won’t recommend Enclave to adults, but if your kid loves dystopian, post-apocalyptic novels, odds are good that he or she will enjoy Enclave.

Reviewed by Christina
November 11, 2013

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