July 27, 2012

Review: Outpost by Ann Aguirre!

Outpost
By Ann Aguirre
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 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.


Enclave was one of my favorite books of 2011, and Outpost was one of my MUST READ books for 2012. I am so happy I got the chance to read an advance copy. I love books with SUPER strong female characters that aren’t afraid of anything. And what I love more is when an author doesn’t hold back and makes this character stand out and so bad ass. If you haven’t read Enclave, then you probably have no clue what I am talking about.

You meet Deuce in Enclave and you quickly learn that in order for her to stay sane she has to kill something; preferably a “freak”, who, to some, would call a Zombie. In Outpost, she is no different. The only thing that has changed is the world she lives in. She is now up top learning about things that in her home they felt there was no need to teach.

When I think of Deuce, I think of Michelle Rodriguez. I know, Michelle is a bit too old, but that is who comes to mind whenever Deuce got into action and showed just how fearless she is. Ann Aguirre developed her character at a great pace and gives readers a chance to REALLY get to know Deuce.

Outpost is more about Deuce learning, growing, and discovering things about herself she didn’t even know was possible. She is tested plenty of times throughout the book and not once does she fall. She isn’t afraid to kill or be killed. She protects those close to her and is always the one taking charge. For someone who doesn’t know much about the real world, she is very observant and a quick learner.

Outpost to me was super entertaining. There is plenty of action in it, but I felt that it wasn’t as action packed as the first. This was the only thing that sort of bothered me. I was expecting a lot more action than it had, but as I mentioned before, it’s more about Deuce and her struggles. The romance is highlighted more in this book than in Enclave so it balanced out. From the way the book ended, I can tell that the next book is going to be CRAZY! Ann Aguirre knows exactly how to trap you inside her book.

4 out of 5 Stars!





60 comments:

  1. Looks like a good one. I haven't read book 1 yet but it is on my TBR list. Congrats on the ARC! Looking forward to checking it out!

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    1. You have to let me know what you think of the first one when you read it :-)

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  2. I can't wait for this one. Thanks for the post, looks like it won't let me down.

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  3. I love that cover. Almost reason enough to pick up the book by itself!

    Question though: I've sometimes been turned off by uber-tough girls who stop feeling like real women in the author's attempt to make them tougher than everybody and anything else. How do you think Aguirre avoided this pitfall?

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    1. You're there with Duece throughout Enclave and you see what she's going through, and what's made her the way she is. But when it comes down to it, she is vulnerable when it comes to her devotion to certain people.

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  4. I have book one in my TBR pile right now. I was kind of holding out till this came out so I could read them back to back.

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  5. I loved Enclave, too. Pretty sure I'd like this one, too.

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  6. OOh this sounds really good and right up my alley! Adding it to my TBR pile :)

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  7. I've had Enclave on my TBR list for a while, but never got around to reading it. This just reminded me that I needed to read it. Great review!

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  8. Awesome review! I haven't read Enclave but I'd LOVE to get a copy. These both sound like fantastic books and I've seen them loved by many bloggers! :)

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  9. Great review! I haven't read either books in this series yet, but they are definitely on my TBR list. They sound so awesome!

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  10. Thanks for a great post! I loved Ann Aguirre's work and I'm counting down til this newest book ;)

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    1. Have you read her adult fantasy series? I am tempted to pick it up, but not sure about it lol.

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  11. Both books are on my tbr list, gr8 review btw. I cant wait to finally sit and finish this series once and for all!

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  12. I absolutely LOVED Enclave and this has been on my wishlist since then. Sounds like a great follow up. I absolutely CANNOT wait!!!

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  13. i also really enjoyed the unique setting and characters of Enclave. I really had no idea this was a series when I read it. Thanks for the review! I know I'll be reading it soon!

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    1. This is one of my favorite series ever! I would have been devastated if it weren't a series lol!

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  14. i've been considering this one since the first time i saw the cover. i think i really need to read it. do i have to read enclave first or can i just jump right to outpost?

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    1. Oh no, You definitely have to read Enclave first. LOL

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  15. My daughter and I are so excited about this book. we have been not so patiently waiting for it to get here. Thanks for the great review. Michelle is a great picture to put in my head when I think of Deuce as well. She has that tough exterior. Thanks again!!

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    1. OMG I am so happy someone agrees with me! LOL I know Michelle Rodriquez is much older, but a younger version of her is exactly how I picture Deuce. lol

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  16. Thanks for the review. I'm not sure I'd like the book, it seems a little violent for my tastes, but to each their own. Appreciate the insight.

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    1. Yes, it definitely isn't your typical YA book. LOL In fact, I think it should be labeled NEW ADULT. LOL

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  17. It seemed that so many of the reviews I read and people I talked to only thought Enclave was good. I thought it was amazing. I loved the crazy out there world. I can't can't can't wait for Outpost. Thanks for giving me a glimpse of the coming book with your review!

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  18. Excellent review. It really makes me want to go out and pick up this series. I haven't read much of Ann's stuff. Maybe this will be a good starting point. Thanks!

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  19. This sounds really good, i'm gonna have to check it out!

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  20. I'm so stoked to get my hands on a copy! I loved Enclave so this one's a must-read for me. :)

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  21. I LOVE zombies so this would be perfect. I am reading End of Days now. Thanks for the review!
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  22. Enclave was one of my favs of 2011 too. I'm really really eager to read Outpost. Sounds like it is ever bit as good as the first installment. Great review!

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  23. Deuce sounds like a great heroine. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for this series!

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  24. I loved Enclave and can't wait to read this sequel! Deuce goes down as one of my favorite characters!

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  25. Thanks for the review . Can't wait for it to come out !

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  26. I have not read the first book and have been curious. It sounds like a really good series. Thank you for sharing with us!

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    1. Holy Smokes, just hopped over and got Enclave it is on sale for only $2.99 :)

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  27. Just added this to my TBR.

    maynekitty [at] live [dot] com

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  28. Ann Aguirre is a must-read author. Looking forward to this.

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  29. Someone this slipped under my radar. I'll have to pick up a copy. Thanks!

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  30. Deuce sounds tough. I really need to read Enclave first -- I think I have it somewhere in my bookshelf. :D

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  31. I really want to read this series. I sounds so good and I love the covers also.

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  32. I did not enjoy Enclave, but I am happy that you like the series. The concept is interesting and Fade is a good character.

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  33. Sounds like a good book, I'll have to put it on my TBR list

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  34. I really enjoyed Enclave and I'm looking forward to reading Outpost as well. I think it will be interesting to see Deuce's reactions in her new world.

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  35. This was a great review and I can't believe I have yet to read Enclave! I better get started :)

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  36. Thanks for the review! I've been so interested to read this series. It sounds like one I (and my husband) would love!

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  37. Awesome review! Can't wait to read Outpost. It has been on my TBR list since I finished Enclave.

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  38. You know, now i read the summary and this review, I might read this series. It didn't sound that interesting when I first heard about it, but now it sounds pretty good.

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  39. I have heard good things about Enclave and was thinking of picking it up, but I was hesitant to try any books with dsytopic story lines or zombies. This year I have really gone out of my usual reading genre and finally picked up some must reads like Divergent and Legend and I have not been disappointed! I love strong lead female characters who take charge and solve problems while kicking butt and taking names. Deuce sounds like someone I have to get to know. Thanks for the great review!

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  40. Thanks for the review! I am planning to listen to Enclave on audiobook so I can get caught up with the series!
    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

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  41. Very nice review about the characters. Sounds like a good book.

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  42. This book sounds amazing! This series is on my to-read list!

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  43. I haven't read any of Ann's books yet. This one sounds great. thanks for the review!

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  44. Haven't read any by this author but this sounds good!

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  45. I also love strong female characters, and I cannot wait for this to be released. Thanks for the review, and making me even more excited!

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  46. O God, I have really wanted to read these books, but not yet read the first one :/

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  47. Wow! I didn't even know there was a first book! good to know lol! I am going to have to check these out!

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  48. Loved loved loved Enclave! So I can not wait for Outpost! Great review! Need this book now!

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