February 01, 2011

Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: April 12th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends


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.

I want to start off by saying that I do not read any books in the whole dystopian genre. I don't know why, but I've always had a hard time getting into them. When I saw the trailer for Enclave I knew I had to read it. When I received a copy I was super excited until a friend told me it was a dystopian book. I was little thrown off, but I decided to read it anyway because of the trailer. Because of Enclave, I am now searching for my next dystopian fix LOL.

Deuce was a very strong character. She grew up around all the same people, followed the rules, did what she had to do and proved herself to be a fighter for her people. She wasn't afraid to use a weapon and risk her life for those she cares about. All Deuce has ever known is the Enclave and their ways. Deuce gets partnered up with Fade and really hates this decision. Fade is treated like an outcast and doesn't really talk to anyone. He wasn't raised in the Enclave and the only reason he is allowed to stay with them is because of his knowledge of the world topside. Being around Fade for Deuce is like a whole new life. As she gets to know Fade better, she discovers so many new things and new emotions.

Somewhere down the line they find themselves exiled from The Enclave and forced to live topside. Something Deuce was taught was more dangerous than living below. With Fade's knowledge and their fighting skills, it's a whole new world for Deuce and a new journey. Which makes the whole book even more exciting!

It was so easy to picture the characters and the world Ann Aguirre created. I enjoyed this book so much that I went to bed thinking about it and actually had about three nightmares. To me, this is a GREAT THING lol. I went to sleep thinking about Enclave and woke up thinking about Enclave. I love it when a book does that to me! I cannot wait for a second part, if there is a second part. I really, really enjoyed this book and everything from the characters to the writing. Below you will find the book trailer and if you are a lover of action and romance mixed together, this book is definitely for you.

5 out of 5 Stars! 


  1. I just won this book in a giveaway and I am really excited to read it. The trailer looks really good XD

  2. It was SO GOOD! Looking forward to your review!


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