Expected publication: September 4, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight. To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.
Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.
I have mixed feelings about Outpost. While I did enjoy it and I’m still attached Duece, Fade, and Stalker—I wasn’t quite as fond of it as I was Enclave. Something just didn’t connect for me, and this upsets me.
It started off a bit slow but it was never in a way that bored me. I adore these characters, and I think Outpost is more about their personal growth and changes than anything else. It wasn’t nearly as action packed as Enclave, but I’m okay with that. I liked the addition of new characters. We see them all adjust to their new lives and find their new roles in this society, and it’s ultimately about their self-discovery. That was an aspect I did enjoy and I think it was done really, really well. Duece is a fantastic character, and I can relate to her in a lot of ways. Watching her grow and change was captivating.
I love both Fade and Stalker, but I’m disappointed in the fact that the love triangle has become such a part of the story. This was my biggest issue with Outpost. It was obviously going that way in Enclave, but it intensified in Outpost and it was just a letdown for me. If I wasn’t so sick of love triangles, perhaps this wouldn’t have bothered me. I was always a fan of Stalker, but not as a romantic option. He has definitely become a contender. His loyalty is astounding and I’m not looking forward to him being hurt in the end.
Overall, this wasn’t quite the sequel I had hoped for, but I still really enjoyed it. I cannot stress how much I loved these characters. If I had to guess, I'd say their emotional turmoil (present and future) is ultimately why I can't say I loved it. It makes me hurt. Nevertheless, I’m definitely anticipating Horde!