- Publisher: FEIWEL & FRIENDS
- Format: Hardback | 262 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 28mm | 386g
- Publication date: 12 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0312650086
- ISBN 13: 9780312650087
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 38,439
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters--or Freaks--who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight--guided by Fade's long-ago memories--in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. Ann Aguirre's thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world--facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they've ever known.
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Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a savior of stray kittens, and a voice actress, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but she now lives in a terracotta adobe house in Mexico with her husband and two adorable children. The post-apocalyptic novel "Enclave" is her first book for young adults. She also writes the romantic science fiction series about Sirantha Jax, starting with "Grimspace," as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. As Ava Gray, she writes paranormal romantic suspense.
By I'm Loving Books 14 Nov 2011
If you've ever watched the tv show Life After People on the History Channel, then you'll pretty much understand the setting of Enclave. If you haven't ever watched it, I highly recommend you do. Not only because Ann Aguirre states in her author's note that she drew inspiration for the setting from that show, but also because it's a very cool and fascinating look into how nature will take over when we're gone and really how we effect nature while we're here.
So right off the bat my favorite thing about Enclave is the setting. I've always been kind of fascinated with the idea of nature taking over after our society has collapsed. It's interesting to see from different books and movies how people react and how our baser instincts take over when our society no longer looks as organized and "civilized" as it does now.
In Enclave, people have taken to living underground after a mysterious apocalypse has occurred. Throughout the book we discover with Deuce little tidbits here and there giving us clues as to what really happened to "destroy" the world. Most people in this society really have no clue. It's been awhile -- although we're not told how long -- so the world as we know it is much different. Aside from living underground, there are many other differences as well.
Deuce lives in what's called an enclave. This is basically a community of people who all contribute to the life at the enclave as a whole. There are Breeders, Builders, Wordkeepers, Hunters, and pretty much everything else needed to keep a group of people alive and thriving. Deuce falls into the Hunters category and her life is flipped upside down (in more ways than one) when she's partnered with the outcast of the Hunters, Fade.
Enclave, while slow going at times, I found to be pretty fascinating. It's interesting to see how people in this world have essentially lost all the knowledge and understanding that we as humans have gained over hundreds, even thousands of years. Without giving too much away, the people in this world are not stupid by any means, but the knowledge and the understanding that is normally passed down from generation to generation (including reading) is no longer anywhere to be seen.
Because people live underground they do not live as long. The oldest person Deuce has ever seen was about twenty-five. I thought this was pretty interesting because although we have so many reasons to protect ourselves from the sun, it's still so very important to our health. While I don't know if we'd really only live to about twenty-five without any sun exposure at all, I still found it pretty fascinating that this played a role in the book because people don't think of it as something that is absolutely necessary to staying alive.
Aside from the dynamics of the world, we have the characters and the relationships. For me, this is sort of where the book lacked. While we do get a bit of a background on the main characters, I still felt like we could've used more. This book in a way reads like little snapshots at a time. It's sort of hard to explain, but it felt like kind of a stop-motion movie where pieces were cut out or something. It wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but it was a little bit of a strange writing style that at times left me feeling disconnected from the characters and their feelings.
But overall I enjoyed Enclave. It was slow at times and I think the character building was lacking. The relationship dynamics between the characters were done pretty well and I'm curious to see where those will go in the next books. As for the ending. Well, it was definitely a cliffhanger in some ways, but even so you still kind of feel the sense of accomplishment from this book so it wasn't too unnerving. I'll definitely be reading on, but I'm curious to see how the next books will keep me entertained when the thing that entertained me the most in this book was the discovery of the world around them, and obviously that's already happened.
By Jill Barrakling 26 Aug 2011
Deuce lives underground, presumably in subway tunnels, in what is called an Enclave. She lives there with other people, where nobody is older than twenty or so and the only 24-year-old looks and behaves so ancient that one wonders whether he isn't truly 124 years old. Deuce becomes a Huntress shortly after her naming ceremony (because, you know, kids only receive names if the have proven to be strong enough to survive. Before that they are simply referred to as Brat 26 or something like that) and patrols the Enclave for Freaks - which are something like Zombies.
I read the first two chapters a while ago (actually, in the beginning of April) and I was a little underwhelmed to be honest. Just like with The Forest of Hands and Teeth I did not like the obvious dystopian part. Well, it's a little hard to explain. I like it, when the society is more advanced than our society, instead of a society that lives slightly like in medieval times.
But after I got a feel for the "new world", I enjoyed the story. I was extremely glad to not live in that world, and that I don't have to face the Freaks on an almost daily basis. As an experienced dystopian reader, I obviously sensed almost immediately that the Elders weren't all they were cracked up to be. But it was still fun to experience Deuce figure everything out for herself.
I don't know who I want Deuce to end up with. There's Fade and then there's ... the other guy. I won't say his name because that might spoil something. There's no real bad guy or villain in this book, but I didn't miss one either.
I really liked the part of the book that took place "Topside" - i.d. not in the subway tunnels. To see how our cities crumbled after most of the people living there died due to a disease. I kept thinking of the city as New York (and then later the NY public library is mentioned) and it was ... numbing somehow.
Great book. You should really read it,I know I'm looking forward to the sequel!
By Kati R 26 Aug 2011
All I can say is WOW! I received this book as a gift and thought I would start it in the evening. I took a peak and somehow lost the rest of my day. (In a good way) Thank you Ms. Ann Aguirre.
I haven't read a book set in a post apocalyptic society. Nor have I read YA books in a while.
What I liked about this book:
1)Deuce. The book is in her POV. She a strong, fierce and loyal Huntress. She has always lived her life underground and trained to be a Huntress since she was a brat. After getting paired with Fade, an older boy and Hunter, she begins to question whether the Elders in the enclave are keeping things from them. She sticks up for her friend and gets exiled along with Fade. She has the will of a Huntress but the heart of a Breeder.
2)Fade. He comes to the enclave partly starved and slightly feral. He is an outsider so he is never accepted by the people of the enclave. He is mysterious,strong and thoughtful. He always has Deuce's back whether she likes it or not.
3)The subtle hints of a love triangle between Deuce, Fade and Stalker. What book is complete without a bit of a love triangle?
4)The Freaks. Can I say that these zombie-like things gave me nightmares? I can still hear the sound of teeth ripping into flesh. I can still see their claw-like hands, razor sharp teeth dripping with blood, and smell death on their breaths.
5)Movie-like description. As I was reading this book, I could almost see it like a movie playing in my head. (Are you listening Hollywood?)
6)The fight scenes with the Freaks and later the gangers. I haven't read a book that has given me this many short bursts of adrenaline or heart palpitations. Ever.
What I didn't like about this book:
1)It left me wanting more. As in, I can't wait for the next book.
It seems quite a few romance authors are making their way into YA. Ms. Aguirre being one of them. I have never read any of her other books so this book determines whether or not I'd read another one by Ms. Aguirre. The answer is a resounding YES! This series shows a lot of promise. If you decide to pick up this book, make sure you're not doing anything important. A peek inside this nitty, gritty and dangerous world won't be just a peek, it'll become a whole afternoon. I haven't read any YA books since Twilight and with this book, I am ready to make my way back into the fold. Thank you Ms. Aguirre.
"[Enclave] is a young adult dystopian novel and has been compared to the hit series" ""The Hunger Games."" "To say we're excited is a major understatement..." --ElleGirl.com"In her first young adult novel, Aguirre (the Sirantha Jax series) has created a gritty and highly competent heroine, an equally deadly sidekick/love interest, and a fascinating if unpleasant civilization. This series is likely to hold considerable appeal for fans of "The Hunger Games."" -- "Publishers Weekly""Enclave is dark and thrilling, fast-paced and intense. With some graphic and gross imagery and a hard look at a post-apocalyptic world, Aguirre has taken themes from Scott Westerfeld and an assortment of zombie literature and created something that is very much her own -- and a very engaging read." --"RT Book Reviews""This well-paced zombie-esque adventure in an urban wasteland will keep fans happy." --"Kirkus Reviews""Aguirre's young adult debut is a gripping survival story set in an apocalyptic future. . . This is a tense, action-packed dystopia with intriguingly gray characters. . . " --"Booklist""""Deuce's passion for life, even in her bleakest moments, is contagious, and that passion exemplifies the nebulous force that has driven all of these individuals to persist in the face of awful options." --"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"