Monday, August 8, 2011
by Ann Aguirre
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2011
young adult futuristic fiction
Product Description from amazon.com
WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE 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...
A wannabe Hunger Games doesn't quite meet the mark. Enclave has a promising storyline that seems to borrow a lot from other post-apocalyptic fiction yet doesn't mesh it all together very well. I found it a bit boring and repetitive at times though the character of Fade was enough to keep me intrigued throughout. The main girl, Lina, was not my favorite. If you like to read anything and everything post-apocalyptic (especially for teens) then this book is a good one. If you are more discriminatory than that you might want to bypass it for others that are more well-written. The ending does leave room for another, but it is absolutely not necessary.