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Enclave

by Ann Aguirre

Square Fish | August 7, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Enclave is rated 3.9091 out of 5 by 11.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.17 × 5.6 × 0.85 in

Published: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312551371

ISBN - 13: 9780312551377

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great Read! Truely enjoyed this book, wish there was way more!
Date published: 2014-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good! Deuce is a huntress, protector of the enclave from the zombies. She's partnered up with Fade, another hunter. He's not like the others because he comes from Topside. Where she lives is deep in the tunnels of the underground where they try to live their lives. Deuce finds she can't trust the elders anymore, not with her ever growing suspicions. She trusts Fade and together they lead a tale of survival, and mystery. Why are there muties? Was the plague the cause of the demise of the human population? Is there a safe place up north just like Fade's father said? So many questions that leave me wanting more! I enjoyed the setting and the world building in this book. What we don't know is what happened to the rest of the population. My guess includes a virus that more or less decimated the human population while a virus was made to treat it. Only it didn't treat the virus, it made them into monsters.
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed I am new to reading again, have not read in sometime so with the recommendations of my daughter tried these teen books for lighter reading, the book was pleasantly enjoyable, so much so that I read the complete series and at the end found that it was a series that I was disappointed that it was done, but you do have to read the entire series to fully appreciate the storyline
Date published: 2013-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! really enjoyed the book. good writing, characters, and plot.
Date published: 2013-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast, good read. Enclave by Ann Aguirre First off, if you’ve read her other series (The Sirantha Jax Series) this book is quiet different but still has the same amazing dialogue and writing style. Short Background: The story is about a young teenager named Deuce who is pushing to be a huntress in the underground world she lives in. She has to prove her worth and fighting capabilities to her enclave while being paired with a unwelcome male hunter who was taken in years ago but was never truly accepted. An unlikely pair with different philosophies struggle to keep the enclave save against what are essentially zombies, but certain disaster strikes and Deuce forced to face a series of events that challenge her assumptions, show her new worlds and may make or break her alliance with her battle partner Fade. This is not a love story, it is a post-apocalyptic novel with intriguing questions running throughout the book. The novel provides a glimpse at the truth behind human nature and what might occur if an apocalypse occurred and the young ruled. The writing is typical of Ann Aguirre’s style, smooth and action packed. One drawback is that, being a young adult novel, there are times where action scenes are slightly sugar coated in comparison to her Sirantha Jax series. Where scenes have the potential to be gruesome in detail, the author settles for hints that let the readers mind fill in the blanks. Despite this, the dialogue between characters is strong and Deuce’s lack of understanding words is a cunning way to provide definitions for, perhaps, words the reader may not know at times as well. The plot line is interesting and fast paced after the first three chapters or so. It begins a bit slow with explanations but gets more action packed as it goes along and has some really interesting moments where the book becomes hard to put down. Toward the end certain scenes appear too quickly, where months are described in pages, but this is feature that is characteristic of Ann Aguirre’s writing and is done in a way that the reader can get a good understanding of how those months occurred. All in all, this is a good quick read and has interesting turns that make you wonder how you as a person would act in this type of world.
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Another poorly written dystopian. I shall refrain myself from writing a rant. It's not directed at this book but more of the entire Dystopian Boom. This book was short. Thank god because I'd not, I would have never read past page 30. I kept on telling myself that maybe this book would be fast-paced. I made it to about 130 or so before giving up completely. The writing of this book was just very amateur. I read the author's bio on the back of the book and it said that she is an English teacher?! WHAT? Bullshit. I found her audience was directed at grade fives and sixes, although I doubt that was what she intended to do. How did she even find a publisher who wanted to publish her books? Obviously the publisher saw an opportunity to lure in some Hunger Games fans. The only reason I didn't give this book 1 star was because of the idea of the Mole people. Ever since the City of Ember series, I have had a fascination with people living underground. Whether it were the underground malls in China I've grown up with or the Bones episode featuring the mysterious mole people, I just found the idea cool. Too bad the one dimensional, cliché characters and the crap writing ruined this cool concept. It is as if authors nowadays have a checklist of the different types of characters beside them. Okay, "a tough, strong-headed girl" and add in "a mysterious, dark boy", maybe also "a bubbly girl who everyone likes" and always remember to check off "the boy who has been secretly crushing on the main female character". FUDGE THIS. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GUYS CAN'T THINK OF ANOTHER ORIGINAL CHARACTER? Oops. I said I wasn't going to rant but I am just currently in a glass case of emotions. I just wanted to share my feelings. I wish I could actually record all my feelings on Audacity so I don't have to type. :P
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed the setting and the world building in this book. Deuce is a huntress, protector of the enclave from the zombies. She's partnered up with Fade, another hunter. He's not like the others because he comes from Topside. Where she lives is deep in the tunnels of the underground where they try to live their lives. Deuce finds she can't trust the elders anymore, not with her ever growing suspicions. She trusts Fade and together they lead a tale of survival, and mystery. Why are there muties? Was the plague the cause of the demise of the human population? Is there a safe place up north just like Fade's father said? So many questions that leave me wanting more! I enjoyed the setting and the world building in this book. What we don't know is what happened to the rest of the population. My guess includes a virus that more or less decimated the human population while a virus was made to treat it. Only it didn't treat the virus, it made them into monsters. Ratng 4/5
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Post-Apocolyptic for Reluctant YA readeres Mini Book Review: Fascinating Post-Apocalyptic (Dystopian) novel perfect for the YA set. I would especially recommend this to reluctant YA readers as it is a fast paced exciting story with not too much fluff. I enjoyed Aguire's writing style and will be checking out some of her other stories. I was a little disappointed with one of the plot developments (Sorry can't say too much without spoiling story) as I found it a tad disturbing but you have to remember I am a 40 yr old Mom who is a wee bit of a dreamer (Yes, I know I would totally die in a post-apocalyptic world). This could work as a standalone novel with the ending giving a bit of hope for the future of Deuce and her gang, but I am happy that there is going to be a second novel as well (Sorry haven't looked into that more). BTW, think for even my mini reviews I am going to stick with point form as I really am not a writer as you can tell from this rambling review. To make a long story short (too late) just go buy the book its an absorbing story that will help you escape for a little while and your life will look a lot better considering the world that these characters live in : ) 4.25 Dewey's I won this from an Ann Aguire Twitter Contest
Date published: 2012-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best, but all right I had high hopes for this one. It had all the makings of a great book. It had all the makings of a dystopia and I liked the background setting. Deuce seems to be living in a rather tribal like society where you are classified into different groups depending on how useful you are. It was really interesting, and I liked reading this part of the book. Deuce herself is an interesting character, she’s tough and Fade is just as tough as her, so they make an good working pair. It was only inevitable where you’ll run into romance between the two, although I didn’t see the romance being so great. Yes, Deuce and Fade made a great pair when it came to survival and working together, but romantically, I don’t know, I just didn’t see it. It was flat and they just did not have that spark you’d expect in most YA couples. The best part was the incident with the gang. That to me, was very real, and expected in a post apocalyptic setting. I was actually glad this wasn’t sugar coated to make it easy on the eyes for younger readers. They were most certainly brutal, and their behavior towards Deuce is horrible - but expected. (That being said, this book should be geared towards older teens). I did not expect Stalker to change so quickly, and I didn’t expect Fade and Deuce to be so forgiving and trusting. You’d think of all they’ve been taught and been through, they’d tie up Stalker and watch him being fed to the wild animals? So a few things bothered me about this book. The fact that Deuce and Fade - despite their training and survival skills, end up being so nice to Stalker, and the fact that everywhere they went in this post apocalyptic world, they found food. EVERYWHERE. It was all conveniently placed. Call me cynical, or very pessimistic, but most books I’ve read that had this kind of setting, food was scarce, and few and far between. This did not sit well with me and my interest in the book started to wane. The fighting parts however, were good and well done, they were exciting and action packed. I especially liked how Tegan even was able to defend herself! I wanted to like this book. I really did. I did like some aspects of it but other parts of it did not sit too well with me to fully appreciate the post apocalyptic story. Perhaps I’m being too picky but it just felt like some things were just a little too conveniently placed for them to take the easy way. I will be reading the next book, as the unanswered questions and the open ending got me curious. Is this the book that beats Hunger Games? definitely not. Dystopia readers could give this a try just for a look at a different type of society.
Date published: 2011-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting read. A very gritty post apocalyptic tale with a very strong young female character who I hope to read more about in future.
Date published: 2011-11-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh story. Great audio production! *Note: This is a review of the audiobook as read by Emily Bauer* Enclave started out on a strong note. The setting was really interesting. An underground society where people were assigned roles based on their strengths. Not an ideal world by any means, but one of survival. It made me happy to know that even though our future sucks, we are strong and we survive. Other than that, however, there isn't too much I liked about this book. This is mainly because of Deuce. She is just not that interesting. She is very archetypal and there is almost no character depth. She is obsessed with becoming a huntress and proving herself valuable. Fine. Now what else can you tell me about her? Not much. In addition, she really doesn't make a lot of sense. Her actions one minute are completely contradicted by the next. My primary example of this – Stalker. Stalker is the leader of one of the city gangs. He's pretty despicable, determined to kills fade, via some cruel hunting ritual and imprison Deuce in order to rape her until he's bored. Despite both of these plans, he is later allowed to not only join their group but become a love interest for Deuce! What madness is this?! In my opinion they should've tied him to a tree and left him there. There are so many other dystopian books out there. It's a flooded and difficult market and I get that. I still would've liked some more original ideas from this book. I felt like I was just reading the same old, same old. The idea of an underground society, completely cut off from a dying world. That's interesting. That's exciting. There's so many places Ann Aguirre could have gone with that. Instead we have an average story with some cut and paste characters. I was sadly disappointed. Thoughts on the Audio Thankfully I read this book via audiobook, because the audio is what kept me from putting the book down and moving on. Emily Bauer does an amazing job narrating. She breathes life into what I think would have been a dull story otherwise. I felt like she was really getting into the story, taking on the voices and the personalities of all the characters I encountered. Her voice sounded just young enough ti be age appropriate for the main characters and there was an energy in her reading that made me excited for the story. If you're going to read this book at all I fully recommend listening to the audiobook. This and other reviews at Christa's Hooked on Books - http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-11-09

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Enclave

by Ann Aguirre

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.17 × 5.6 × 0.85 in

Published: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

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.

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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
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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 suspense.

Editorial Reviews

“[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