Double Monster Review: Outpost

Double Monster Review: OutpostOutpost by Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on September 4th 2012
Pages: 336
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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.

Reviews: Enclave
 
* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series. Read at your own risk *
 
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Utterly captivating. Magical. This series has a spark that brings you in. And leaves you begging for more.

Enclave, the fist book of the series, took readers from underground to the ruined cities of Topside. Having been exiled, Deuce and Fade had to use all their skills to survive. Outpost brings us back to this thrilling world. Deuce, Fade, Stalker, and Tegan have found Salvation. Literally. This small city maybe their only hope of surviving. But for a group of fighters, this new way of life brings along some unexpected changes.

Outpost was a book all about changes. All Deuce knows is fighting. To her, there is no such thing as gender roles. You fight. You try to survive. Or you die. Everything in her mind is pretty much black and white. And she likes it that way. So when Salvation and its people attempt to conform her, the transition is not so smooth. Leaving Deuce more conflicted than ever. Especially where Fade in concerned.

Fade… Fade… Fade. I adored you in Enclave. An enticing mixture of hard and soft. You were simply divine. What did this book do to you? Honestly, I am having the hardest time trying to come to terms with the Fade of Outpost. I am not exactly sure when it happened, but the Fade that I came to love maybe gone. But with the romance factor fully coming into play between Deuce and Fade, I am realizing that this new Fade may have his own charms. I guess I will just have to wait to see what happens next.

Final Verdict:
Outpost brings this series another level of complexity. Just when I thought I had everything almost completely figured out, the series throws in some major twists. With the author's note promising much more information about the Freaks in the next installment, I know I am on board for more. And while I adored EnclaveOutpost brought something different. Those differences caused it to earn a special place in my heart. And if I am being truely honest, I enjoyed Outpost a bit more than Enclave.

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I absolutely loved Enclave and couldn't wait to find out what would happen to Deuce next. I also hadn't read a dystopian/post-apocalyptic read in a while and well, I couldn't resist putting this one in front of quite a few review books.

Outpost definitely felt different from Enclave. A lot of the book was set in the town, where Deuce is having problems fitting in, Fade is ignoring her and she isn't sure why she has to go to school and wear dresses. A good third of the book is watching Deuce struggle with herself, trying to be true to her Huntress nature while trying to please her adopted parents who care for her in a way she never has before.

The good part comes when she is allowed to become part of the guard to help the growers go out of the town and plant their harvest. What they find is Freaks that have become smarter and more human and the town is unsure of how to proceed. If they don't harvest, they won't have food for the winter, but is it worth losing so many guards to keep watch on the fields and possibly be taken out by the Freaks?

I have to say, I just loved the way the characters grew in this book. Well, besides poor Fade. Who becomes so scarred by something that happens to him, we may never see the old Fade again. Deuce was finally starting to embrace more of her "girl" side as she calls it. This book ends in a way that I just need more. I want to know what happens next. It's not quite a cliffhanger but I definitely want to see what will happen in the next book.

Final Verdict:
A solid sequel that really lets us explore Deuce's character and see a little more of her human side. Still has some great action, although a good part of the book is lacking in it. Definitely looking forward to the next book!

 

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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