Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.17 × 5.6 × 0.85 in
Published: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Square Fish
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312551371
ISBN - 13: 9780312551377
About the Book
In a post-apocalyptic future, 15-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong--and dangerous.
Read from the Book
ENCLAVE (Deuce) I was born during the second holocaust. People had told us legends of a time when human beings lived longer. I thought they were just stories. Nobody even lived to see forty in my world. Today was my birthday. Each one added a layer of fear, and this year, it was worse. I lived in an enclave in which our oldest had seen twenty-five years. His face was withered, and his fingers shook when he attempted the smallest tasks. Some whispered it would be a kindness to kill him, but they meant they didn’t want to see their futures written in his skin. “Are you ready?” Twist stood waiting for me in the darkness. He already wore his marks; he was two years older than me, and if he’d survived the ritual, I could. Twist was small and frail by any standards; privation had cut runnels into his cheeks, aging him. I studied the pallor of my forearms and then nodded. It was time for me to become a woman. The tunnels were wide and laid with metal bars. We had found remnants of what might’ve been transportation, but they lay on their sides like great, dead beasts. We used them for emergency shelters sometimes. If a hunting party was attacked before it reached sanctuary, a heavy metal wall between them and hungry enemies made the difference between life and death. I had never been outside the enclave, of course. This space comprised the only world I’d ever known, cast in darkness and curling smoke. The walls were old, built of rectangular blocks
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
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
"[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."
"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."
"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
"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."
"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