Monday, July 1, 2013

Book Review: Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre

Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Pages: 259
Format: Paperback
Average Rating: 3.92
Read it in: 2 days
Source: Bought from Amazon

- Summary -


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.

- Review - 

Where do I begin?

In comparison to other post-apocalyptic novels, I would have to say that this book is like a mish-mash of the greats; sort of a Hunger Games meets Maze Runner meets Divergent, if you will. But not in a good way.

As I am sitting here, trying to gather my thoughts, the only thing I can come up with is this:

"Did I really just waste two days of my life on this book...?"

Let me just say, it's not as if the book was especially bad or anything—though certain major aspects left something to be desired—just completely unremarkable in every way. I felt absolutely no connection to the characters and could not even come up with simple adjectives to describe them. "She was strong." "He was a good fighter." I just can't; even that feels like too much.

The writing was good (almost poetic) in certain parts and a bit detached in others. I liked the whole underground aspect of the story, but it lacked the follow-through. There was hardly any character development (and I realize that it is only the first book in a series, but even a little would have been nice. I feel like I learned nothing from them. Or about anything), and by the time I hit the 50% through mark, I was counting the pages until the end, just so that I could be done with it.

Like I said before, the book was not particularly bad, and I enjoy post-apocalyptic reads as much as the next person, but I came away from this book with absolutely nothing and that is not okay with me. The second book does not sound any more interesting, and I have no idea if I am willing to force myself to read it, just for the sake of completing the series (I usually try and give everything a fighting chance) or giving up and being done with it. We will see...

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Has anybody else read it? Thoughts?

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