Saturday, April 2, 2011

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre.
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends.
Pages: 259.
Release Date: April 12th, 2011.
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, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
Enclave is, hands down, the most terrifying book I’ve ever read. Set half in eerie underground subway tunnels and half in the desolated, crumbling remains of New York with enemy gangs and horrifying creatures, it definitely left me with nightmares to remember.

The scariest part about it is that I don’t think it was written to be that scary at all. The Freaks (mutated people-eating creatures that very much reminded me of the cave monsters from The Descent) are regarded as everyday nuisances, as if nothing more than a common house rat. What’s really terrifying is how realistic it felt. I’m aware that this is fiction, but the mere idea that our world would be reduced to that gives me goosebumps.

Something I loved was how careful the author was about the characters. Deuce and Fade get off to a rocky start, but as they explore the ruins of New York, just the two of them, their dynamic is extraordinary. When other characters are introduced, the rockiness returns. If you’re rooting for the characters to get together, it can be frustrating at times, but it’s definitely a trait that I admired the author for.

Overall, Enclave is terrifyingly realistic and disturbing and even depressing, but for some reason, I absolutely loved it. I couldn’t put it down. Even with all the dystopian novels being released lately, this one manages to differ from the rest. I definitely recommend!

Other reviews for Enclave:
YA Highway.
Good Choice Reading.
Between The Covers.
All About {n}

11 comments:

  1. I very much enjoyed this book as well!! Glad you loved it!!

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  2. I could not agree more. LOVED it! Great review.

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  3. Great review and I to LOVED this book too.

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  4. Thanks for the review Katie! I will def have to check it out when I can find the time. :)

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  5. Thanks for a fantastic review. I really want to read this. I'll have to check it out.

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  6. I was a little surprised at how awesome this book was! I loved it and I agree it was very realistic. And scary!

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  7. Sounds really good! I'll put it on my list to read. I have to say I noticed you put links to other reviews of the books, and I think that is a great thing to do! I might do the same sometime.

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  8. Awesome review Katie! I have this and keep picking it up and putting it down because I haven't seen any reviews on it yet, but I really think your review of Enclave may push me to read it sooner!

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  9. I haven't heard of this....but I just added it to my TBR list on Goodreads! It sounds terrifying and amazing, so I can't wait to read it :)

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  10. Wow great review! I haven't seen much of this, but it's definitely on my TBR now! Thanks for the review (:

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