Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre - Ashley's Pre-Reading

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Title: Enclave
Author: Ann Aguirre
Year Published: 2011

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.

I love dystopian novels, and I've been wanting to read this book for a while now. A strong female protagonist, adventure, a little bit of romance, imminent disaster and a futuristic dystopian world set around New York? Count me in! I can't believe I haven't read this yet.

Expectations: I expect an adventure with some romance, mystery, and danger thrown in. I've heard so many good things about this series, so I have pretty high expectations for it.

Judging a book by its cover: This cover kind of looks like something you'd see on a TMNT advertisement, so I'm totally ok with that. It's shiny too, so I'd probably pick it up if I saw it on a shelf somewhere. It doesn't really give too much away about the book either, so I'm intrigued.


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