New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks–who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.
Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world–facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known. (From: Goodreads)
Author: Ann Aguirre
Genres: YA, action, sci-fi, dystopian, apocalypse, romance
Publisher: Square Fish
Edition: Paperback, 2011
Pages: 259 pages
*!!!3 out of 5 stars!!!*
Deuce had just got her name. She had been living underground for years. This year, she finally had a name instead of being Girl15, a brat. She had a job as a Huntress. There were a lot of Freaks out of College enclave, where she and some people stayed. Nowadays, the Freaks had become smarter. Being a Huntress, she needed to live a life as a soldier.
Fade was her partner. He’d just lost his own partner. Everybody knew he was different from others because Fade wasn’t bred from the enclave. He came from outside. The elders (≦25) found him in one of the tunnels. Because he could fight, they brought him back instead of killing him.
After an incident, Deuce and Fade got banished. They worked their way to Topside. There was a new world waiting for them.
Action. Kill. Kill. Kill.
I was looking for some action books on my shelves since recently I read too many fantasy and I didn’t like them much. Enclave was there. I found that I haven’t read it even though I bought it awhile ago. Normally, I’m no fan of apocalypse, whether aliens or zombies. Good thing is that this book surprised me.
It was said that they were in New York. However, there was nothing symbolic as NY. It looked more like a dystopian wasteland to me.
The first part was Down Below. The story was set in underground enclaves and tunnels. It was made of metals like underground sewer system without water.
The second part was Topside. It was a wasteland, full of ruins. There were some deserted buildings and there were also different weathers like raining and snowing.
The story consists some similar ideas from other stories. I’ll let you know to give you a basic idea.
The Giver: Everyone had a job to do when they became an adult (the naming ceremony). There was also a job called Breeder which was the lowest level as well.
The Maze Runner: Freaks were like Cranks. They were aggressive. However, instead of running away from Cranks when they met, people here killed Freaks. (BTW, the Topside was alike to the Scorch.)
The Hunger Games: The kills and the allies.
Their names are all weird. I know.
Deuce: She is our fearless heroine. She was brought up in the enclave. Her two best friends, Thimble and Stone, didn’t really sound like besties to me, especially Stone.
The elders framed Stone up, accusing him of stealth. Deuce knew he wouldn’t do that. She and Fade lied to protect him and yes, they got banished for this. However, Stone called her a thief immediately. He didn’t believe her that she couldn’t be a thief! What a friend!
Fade: He was a broken boy. His dad had died from the disease and he had run away from gangs. He came to the enclave and most of the people didn’t like him because he was the outcast. He had a good skill of fighting.
The Elders: Inside the enclave, people lived no more than 25 years. Now the oldest was only 25. Whitewall was like the boss. Wordkeeper was like the secretary. Silk was the serious team leader and she was also a ghost to Deuce. She used to train Deuce, but she also made a lot of hard work for her.
Twist: He was like a big brother to Deuce. He was nice and caring. I’d like him to be my brother. He told Deuce that he was one of the rebels although both me and Deuce didn’t know what he was talking about.
Banner: She was a kindhearted builder/rebel. She was Fade’s only friend in the enclave. However, she was murdered and the elders covered it up. They said that she committed suicide.
“Don’t worry. Please. You were right. You can trust me.”
When I knelt down to touch her shoulder, she fell forward in a pool of blood. Banner wasn’t just upset; she was dead.
Stalker: (yeah, what kind of name is it?) He lived in Topside. Stalker had been one of the Wolves, a gang. He had been the head and he even wanted to kill Deuce and Fade, However, due to Freaks invasion, he chose to work with them. And to my surprise, they let him travel with them!
Tegan: She was one of the Breeder in the Wolves. Deuce took her into their group.
Deuce and Fade got attacked all the time, when they were walking, when they were resting. The fighting scenes were well-described.
It’s just like The Hunger Games, which is…not so much. This is totally good for me. It would make no sense if you were doing make-out scenes when you really needed to run away from Freaks.
“I’d see them in the city, nesting in the broken buildings. They were small and fragile looking with their gray wings, but they could fly up where none of the other animals could hurt them.”
“Not even a Wolf.” I said softly.
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. I like it and I’m gonna read/buy the sequel. This actually turned out interesting!!! Recommend to anyone who loves The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner.
Happy reading, guys ~ 😀