Friday, September 9, 2011
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Author: Ann Aguirre
# of Pages: 259 (Hardcover)
Rating: 4 stars
Deuce has finally become an adult in the eyes of the members of the enclave. After years of waiting, she has finally earned the title Huntress. This job includes gathering food and killing Freaks, zombie-like creatures that roam the tunnels of what once was the subway. Deuce's spirits are marred when she discovers that her hunting parter is going to be Fade, a mysterious loner who has had much experience in the outside world. As she gets to know Fade and his beliefs, Deuce comes to realize that the elders' decisions and rules are not always the right ones. When fate takes an unexpected turn, Deuce finds herself Topside, above ground, with Fade faced with danger and unfamiliarity.
One of the things that I really liked about this book was the names of the characters. Deuce, Fade, Twist, etc. They are just so unique, and the naming ceremony, the way the members of the enclave receive their names, is quite interesting. I know the Goodreads summary says that Deuce is fifteen when she gets her name and becomes an adult. I might have missed it, but I don't think the book mentions Deuce's age.
I also liked the Freaks. They are creepy and numerous and better than one singular villain. Though, who knows, Aguirre might introduce an even greater human enemy.
The ending was the one thing that annoyed me. It was so abrupt and I couldn't help thinking Is that it? The story was flowing so smoothly then, bam, it was over. But, other than that, I really did enjoy this book.