Book Review: Enclave

Book Review: EnclaveEnclave by Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on April 12th 2011
Pages: 259


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 Deuce 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.


Deep below the surface lies a group of people. They are fierce, fearless, and absolute in their quest for survival. A people who will do whatever it takes.. and I mean whatever. In the Enclave, each person has their own special task: breeder, builder, hunter. For Deuce, there is only only option.. to become a huntress. The bravest of the brave. No longer will she just be Girl15, but rather a person of value within her society. But just has you think you have gotten all that you have ever dreamed of, fate has a way of stepping in.

It is not every day that you find a novel like Enclave. I am so enthralled with it that I simply do not know where to start. The one of a kind characters? The intense world? It is all so perfect that I sometimes wonder if I imagined half of this book. It is like Ann Aguirre read my mind. She gave me everything that I have been dreaming about in a dystopian novel all in one pretty package.

In this world, freaks, kinda like zombies, roam the planet in search of their next meal. Earth as we know it is pretty much devoid of life and resources. This is a world where it is everyone and everything for themselves. And Deuce fit perfectly into this world. I probably cannot give her enough credit. I loved her attitude. Her thirst to prove herself in a world that does not want to accept her. But she is not all tough. She has the gooey inside that makes her relatable to.

Enclave is exactly what a dystopian novel should be. It is gritty and down right brutal. And I love every moment of this book. Based on what I have seen, there will at least be a sequel, and to that I say BRING IT ON!

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5 responses to “Book Review: Enclave

  1. Skimmedd, because I’m reviewing this one… today? I might type up a review later, but either way, it’ll be soon. Agree with the last paragraph though, it’s actually fast-paced and original, something lacking in more lighthearted dystopian reads these days. TEAM FADE, ftw.

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