Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Posted 30 January, 2012 by Amanda / 21 Comments

Enclave by Ann Aguirre
(Razorland, #1)

Genre: YA, post-apocalyptic
Format: hardcover
Read: 1/7/2012 — 1/8/2012
In Six Words: Can I keep Fade for myself?

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Book Order

1. Enclave
2. Outpost (September 2012)
3. Horde (2013)


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.
-from Goodreads

Why I Started Reading This Book and Final Verdict

Enclave was one of those books that I didn’t think that I would end up liking but have been told to read.  I seem to be all “Meh, blah, whatever” about these post-apocalyptic and dystopian books before I read them — honestly, the synopses never really intrigue or entice me — but I enjoyed Enclave.  It didn’t wow me like Divergent did (for some reason, these two books are linked in my head), but I’m definitely interested in picking up Outpost when it releases.

My Thoughts

Despite my lukewarm feelings toward zombie post-apocalyptic books, I felt that Enclave is part dystopian as well, and I think, for me at least, this is what makes it stand above other zombie books I have read in the past.  And, of course, they are not zombies, but Freaks.  The characters don’t seem to know much about the Freaks, and I found this both frustrating and exciting/scary.  It took me a few chapters to get into the book, but once I did, it was difficult to put down.  Once Deuce became a Hunter and got paired with Fade, things started getting interesting.

Other than a questionable name (I think I just spend too much time around guys), I liked Deuce’s character.  Because of certain events that happen in the book, there was a period of adjustment that Deuce had to go through, and I think it was handled very well; it was both believable and stayed true to Deuce’s personality.  And, for that, I was happy, because I have seen transitions in other books where the adjustment period was less than believable.  I loved Fade, but I also felt a larger connection with him in the first part of Enclave.  There were other things going on towards the second half of Enclave and it seemed like Fade took a backseat.  I hope that changes in Outpost.

While the world building was vivid and real, the reasons for why the world the way it is is still unclear.  This, in addition to the connection with the characters, makes me want to continue with the series.  I want to know what happened.  I am also very curious about the enclave and how that society came about.  We don’t really learn much about its origins other than through Deuce’s beliefs and the society’s rules.

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

I think fans of both YA post-apocalyptic and dystopian genres will likely enjoy Enclave even if they are not zombie fans.

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21 Responses to “Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre”

  1. *whispers* Your website is back. I’m happy now.

    I really enjoyed this book. I know I’ve told you this before but Ann Aguirre is incredibly talented and creates such outstanding characters. I’m exited for Outpost!

  2. When I finished this book I wanted to slam a door—LOL :)

    Can’t believe they left us hanging like that……

    I actually enjoyed this book too. I listened to it on audio and the narrator did a great job.

    I do think it will appeal to the dystopian crowd especially since it read more like a dystopian than a zombie read :) (at least to me)

  3. Woohoo! Another member added to the Enclave fan base. Happy to hear you liked this book. I too am hoping there’s more Fade in Book 2. =)

  4. It’s been some time since I read this one, but I remember it taking a major swerve away from Deuce and Fade and veering dangerously into potential love triangle territory. It didn’t really bother me because I sort of figured it was static on the line as far as the Deuce/Fade romance went. There are two more books to get through, so I figure there needs to be some bumps in the road of their relationship.

    I do not like zombies. There. I said it.

    Also, I wouldn’t have called this a Post-Apocalyptic. I think it’s a Dystopian because it takes place a significant amount of time after whatever the apocalyptic event was.

  5. A certain #bookbully that we both know and love has been on my ass to read this book. I get a bit nervous when it comes to reading dystopian because I’ve read books that set the bar so high (*ahem* Hunger Games, Divergent) that I’m afraid of wasting my time. However, I’ve read enough good reviews that I have to give Enclave a promotion on my TBR list :)

    Glad to know you enjoyed it!
    ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates

  6. I just finished this, and have Lover Avenged waiting for me at home. Are we reading twins?

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that hated her name. Next time, just call her Poo Fairy or something. Deuce means one thing only to me.