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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1 edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312650086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312650087
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.
My Review

Firstly, I would like to point out my opinion on dystopia novels. The first I ever read was the Hunger Games which is one of my favorite books. Since then, I have read many dystopia books. Some I have liked, some not so much. This is natural for any genre of books; the book is only as good as the reader thinks it is. Well, after reading all of these books, I was pretty much done with this genre. It kinda just got old for me. And so many have been released lately. I have realized this is merely a trend, that of which some will like and some won't. And, like any trend , both good and bad come out of it.

If there was a dystopia book to bring me out of my dystopia stupor, it was definitely Enclave. I really liked this book. The very first sentence of the book gets you immediately interested. And as the story progresses, you will find that you cannot put the book down. The first day I started to read Enclave was the day that I flew through the first half like a Drexl flying out of a Onderonian security outpost. But the last half... I feel that the last half of this book kinda went downhill for me. It lost it's steam, and the story changed to dramatically. The transition made sense, but I don't think it flowed well with the story. I'm trying to get my point across without giving away any spoilers. If you have read Enclave, you'll probably know what I'm talking about here. Now, this doesn't mean that it was a bad read; I still enjoyed this book very much, I merely don't think that it reached it's full potential.

One thing I liked a lot about this book is the mysterious factor. Places, characters, ideas, all had a very mysterious air about them. Aguirre did a very good job of making things secret, and in doing so, making you more interested in the entire story. If you are like me, you have to know the secrets of the book. Aguirre also did a good job of answering the secrets during the book. It's very mysterious until it needs to be, then everything is revealed with a shock. The suspense of the book is smartly applied in a fashion of great awesomeness. Oh yeah, and so was that sentence.

All in all, this was a good book. Not great, but good. I recommend it to any who read this genre. Like many other dystopians, it has an element of horror that should not be taken on for the weak of stomach. This book contains many freaky Freaks. Don't say I didn't warn you.

PBR - 

Violence - Extreme
Sexual Content - Moderate
Profanity - none


  1. Austin, I appreciate your use of the term "freaky freaks." I'm going to use it as much as possible. And I thought I wanted to read ENCLAVE, but I'm definitely too weak for these freaky freaks.

  2. Freak freaks, me like it!!!!!! =P
    Tks for the review! =)

  3. I had a little trouble staying interested during Enclave too. It's good, but not as good as it could have been. Did it seem like a cross between the City of Ember and Mazerunner to anyone else?


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