A Young Adult, Dystopian novel written by Ann Aguirre. Win. The end. Ok so there is more to the story but really I’ve said all you need to know.
Some sort of apocalypse has occurred that has forced people underground for survival. They have formed Enclaves and a very strict, structured government and way of life to survive the harsh conditions of their environment. Life is hard and everybody pulls their weight or they die. There is no room for weakness. Children are not even named in the Enclave until they turn 15 since so many of them don’t survive. On their 15th birthday, they are given and name officially become a Breeder, a Builder, or a Hunter to serve the Enclave.
Enclave is told from the perspective of Girl15 or Deuce as she officially becomes on her naming day. She has trained to become a hunter and at 15 years old, she takes on her official duty. As a punishment for her tardiness, Deuce is paired with Fade, a Hunter and outsider that was not born in the Enclave. He is an outcast, and not fully trusted by the Enclave elders and not someone Deuce wants to spend much time with. But she’s trained her whole life to become a Hunter and is not about to let Fade get in the way of realizing her destiny. As they get to know each other Deuce starts to realize that Fade may not be the one she needs to be wary of. He introduces ideas and a different perspective on life in the tunnels and Deuce’s commitment to her way of life and the Enclave begins to waver. When her life it turned totally upside down she loses every thing she has ever known, she faces a whole new world she never new existed.
I know a lot of dystopian YA novels being released now but to be honest I have not read many. I loved The Hunger Games trilogy but YA is not my main thing and so this is a trend that is essentially passing me by. But when Ann Aguirre decides to throw her hat into the ring it’s time for me to see what all the fuss is about. I loved this book from beginning to end and was so disappointed when it was over and I didn’t have the next book sitting on the shelf waiting for me. From the moment I started reading I was immersed in a world that is dark, cruel, unfair and dangerous.
Deuce won my heart over right away with her innocence and vulnerability. But when her view of her world is shattered her ability to adapt and survive is just so admirable. Her fear of a world unknown and facing the reality that she has been deceived her entire life is so genuine and her excitement at discovering not only life beyond the tunnels but also discovering feelings and emotions that would have been denied to her in her former life.
Fade is mysterious, and reserved but at the same time rebellious and edgy. Although he has a history that you would expect would harden him beyond repair, he still possesses a sense of honor and decency among the ugly reality that is his life.
I discussed this book with a friend and told her that the writing was so descriptive without being descriptive. I know that doesn’t make sense but it’s the only way I can think of to describe it. Never at any time did I feel like I was reading a book and being told a story. I was just in the moment, in those dark horrible dirty tunnels and beyond with Fade and Deuce, as they fought for their lives.
There is much more to discuss and I could go on and on but bottom line, I loved this book, I want more, I don’t want to wait. Ann Aguirre knocked it out of the park with Enclave and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Outpost.
When I joined the fight, their expressions shocked me. You’d think they had never seen a girl who knew how to use a weapon before. Stupidity kills.