The protagonist of this story is a teenage girl named Deuce. In her society, there are three jobs one takes as soon as they are old enough to be named. A breeder, a builder or a hunter. Deuce has been training all her life to become a huntress, and when the novel begins, she's finally become one. Unfortunately, Deuce's partner is Fade, a boy from outside the Enclave, who's... different from those who grew up there.
All in all, I enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and found the setting to be interesting. A little horrifying, but interesting. All the people of the Enclave have lived underground their entire lives, and they have never seen sunlight or rain. Many of them die of sickness before they even get in their later teenage years. What a scary world to imagine living in. I'll have to admit, Enclave was not my favorite book, but I did enjoy it. Sometimes it seemed things were going too fast, or something happened that just didn't really seem to fit.
If you like action packed novels with tough protagonists, this is the book for you. Not a lot of the book is spent really working on relationships, most of it was fighting. Sure, that's how the characters need to survive, but I'd like to see a little more relationship building. All the relationship building came from the events that happened, but like I said before, sometimes things happened so fast. I guess you have to bond quickly to the person who you're trusting your life with everyday, though.
I would give Enclave a 7/10 stars. It was good, and I thought it was an interesting read, but I just don't love it. I won't go insane from rereading it numerous times, nor will I really think a lot about the plot or the characters frequently. I will, on the other hand, be reading the next two books in the series, Outpost and Horde. It was interesting enough for me to want to read more, but looking back, I wish I saw more relationship building instead of seemingly instant connections between some characters. On the other hand, I did love some of the connections between characters, particularly the friendship between Deuce, Stone and Thimble. (Yeah, the names suck, that's why it took me so long to pick up this book. I've heard about it for a while now.) It was a sweet friendship to read about, and while it hit some bumps, I hope it will be able to be fixed sometime. There are few things I hate more than good friendships being broken up.
Sorry for the extremely short review, it's just I'm a little behind on reviews due to NaNoWriMo, which I won, by the way, and I also have another book I want to start soon. Also, I just don't really have that much to say about this book. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Would I recommend it? To people who really like a lot of action, yes, but I think I've read better books in the genre. Is it a favorite? No. Sorry, Enclave. There were a lot of events that took place in the book that I felt kind of neutral about. Some things made me upset or happy, but none of them were great amounts of emotion. I just wasn't invested that much. Don't get me wrong, I was invested in the story, just not enough to feel overly emotional about the events.
Maybe I would've written a higher review if I hadn't read three fantastic books that I loved immediately after reading this one. Those novels kind of overshadow this one in writing and plot. (Reviews shall be posted soon.)
Anyway, here's the synopsis:
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
Sorry again for the short review, I just don't feel like I have much to say about this book. Looking back on it, I feel pretty neutral about it. Then again, I suspect that partially has to due with my mind is still on another book that I just finished yesterday (*cough* Raven Boys) and I feel bad that Enclave got overshadowed... But I just can't help it. If you have any further questions about the book or want to talk about it feel free to contact me through my email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading! I'll be posting another review soon.