Book Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

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Synopsis (taken from Goodreads)

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.

My Thoughts.

I try not to let bad reviews of a book influence my decision on whether I read that book or not. I always try to go into a book with an open mind and that’s what I did with Enclave.

The stories main character is 15 year old Deuce who lives in an underground community named the Enclave. At 15 years old, the kids known as the brats, are given a name and a job. The story is set in the future and Earth has been destroyed by war and sickness.

Deuce is given the job of a huntress. She has trained for this and is desperate to prove herself. She goes out into the tunnels to bring back meat and to fight the freaks, creatures that lurk in the tunnels and eat everyone and everything they come across.

Meanwhile, there are rebels in the Enclave who believe the elders are hiding the truth from them. Deuce tries to keep out of it all but when she’s partnered with Fade, things don’t quite go to plan.

Fade was born in Topside and came underground when his father died. Not long into the story, Deuce and Fade are exiled to Topside after they cover for someone in the Enclave who has been hoarding.

As the story goes on, they fight for their lives as they try to go north where there may be a promise of a better place.

The story is a lot better than I expected. The writing is fantastic and it’s a nice easy read that draws you in and captured my attention. It’s not one of favourite books but it’s still worth a read.
It’s part of a trilogy and I will be carrying on with reading the next 2 books.

I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5 because although I liked it, there were some major flaws in the plot line and characters.


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