Book: Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Purchased for my Nook (203 pages)
Genre: YA/Dystopic and Post-Apocalyptic
Goodreads Summary: 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.
I was really surprised by this book. I didn’t like a good chunk of this book, but by the end, I found I really liked it. I didn’t particularly care for the part of the book that’s in the enclave, but really enjoyed the part where Deuce and Fade leave the enclave.
I thought the idea of enclave after plague and war left NYC destroyed. You weren’t completely sure what happened or why people are living underground in enclaves. It worked for the book, considering that there are a select group of people in charge who don’t care about what Fade and Deuce found.
I thought NYC after was interesting, with it being overrun by gangs and few signs of life. You know things are bad when being in your mid-twenties is considered elderly. That’s a really scary thought, and I wonder if that could ever happen.
I did wonder where things were going at times, especially during the first part, when they’re still in the enclave. And the use of the word breeder really irritated me. I know their main purpose is to keep the enclave going, but still…it grated on my nerves the entire time. I’m also not sure what the Freaks are. Are they zombies? Some other creature? Animals gone crazy? I have no idea but zombies seem like given the author’s note at the end of the book.
It’s definitely different as far as dystopic and post-apocyalypctic novels go. I give it a 4 out of 5, and I can’t wait to read the next book!