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Enclave (Razorland #1)
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I had this big stupid flow chart all planned out for this review, but it seems there are like a hundred reasons why it won't work. Well, more like two. Images aren't working correctly on Goodreads at the moment AND I can't find a free site to host such a large image on AND it looks like crap small. Damn. ...more
I am happy. I am shocked. I still can’t believe this. Ann Aguirre just got promoted to my favorite author. Ok, maybe not favorite, but close enough. I mean, come on! She writes this fantastic SF series, starting with Grimspace, a very good (if not great) and very unusual UF series with elements of horror (the Corine Solomon series), and no ...more
Enclave starts with Deuce - or rather, at the time, Girl15 - en route to her naming ceremony. In the enclave, your name is merely your gender and an exclusive number. But if you're lucky enough to make it to the age of fifteen, you get a real name.
Six cuts, three on each forearm - these are the marks that make you a Hunter or Huntress. It has been ...more
Character development (except later in the book).
When Deuce was underground (at the beginning of the book), the author really took her time to develop her characters. Deuce is a soldier underground. In the beginning, Deuce does what she is told, thinks what she is told and doesn’t question authority. However, it is clear to the reader that there is more to Deuce than her brutal surroundings and life. Fade, her partner, is mysterious not only to Deuce but to everyone ...more
I need to reread this one at some point, because reading the sequel Outpost completely changed my perspective on certain issues. My mini reaction to that book is here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
But for now, my initial reaction to the first book remains below. It's fascinating to see this society that the author created.
2.5 stars I really wanted to like t ...more
I will say upfront that I found myself disappointed with Enclave. While reading ...more
Enclave was a breath a fresh air. If you are looking for a book with lots of action, a strong, ass-kicking heroine, and romance that takes a back seat, Enclave is your book.
This book is marketed towards, "Fans of The Hunger Games." Ummm...why? The only similarities I can possibly see is the strength of the main characters. Katniss and Deuce (how awesome is her name?!) are both hunters and get into a lot of fights. And both books do feature dystopian societies.
Enclave is very fast ...more
This book tells the story of Deuce; a girl living underground in the tunnels and sewer systems of a p ...more
A couple of years ago, I
TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE AND VICTIM BLAMING
I actually re-read this because the new one came out and I just looked at most of the reviews for this one and thought, "Damn, maybe I was just in a bad mood when I read it."
The re-reading actually made me lower the rating from 2 stars to 1.
The first time I read it I was in the middle of exams, and I wasn't really thinking about what I was reading, it was mostly to get my mind off things for a bit - and it failed even at that, since I only gave it a 2 ba ...more
"Enclave" turned out to be extremely engrossing. Although, sometimes, I was a little chicken to turn the page and find out what happened next, I craved to return to the story with a feverish intensity each time I decided to shut down my Kindle, since nourishing my body, working for my living an ...more
Enclave starts out as a very captivating, very exciting read. The world building is terrifying; we've got society living underground, talk of barren wastelands and acid rain "Topside", beasts are roaming the tunnels which, let's face it, are zombies. These "Freaks" eat human flesh, they smell and look like death, and they are taking over! I was lost and absorbed by this dreary desolation. Though what makes it the most compelling is the ...more
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has taken to living in underground enclaves, where the life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. The main character is name Deuce, yes Deuce.... She gets this name in a naming ceremony where the towns people gather around, place a bunch of rando items in front of you, cut your arms a bunch of time, and then whatever you bleed on first is your new name. (This is really where the problem started for me.)
I wont ...more
"There were different kinds of strength. I knew that now. It didn't always come from a knife or a willingness to fight. Sometimes it came from endurance, where the well ran deep and quiet. Sometimes it came from compassion and forgiveness."
"You could miss someone, but it did no good to fixate on loss. I wished I had the ready words of a Breeder or the ability to comfort with a soft touch. I didn't. In ...more
My Rating: 4 Stars
This is one of those books that I was unsure about. I read through the book not really knowing what to think and by the end I thought to myself, "what a fascinating read".
The world that Ann Aguirre creates is not a pretty one. It is harsh, full of violence and people only survive if they are strong. It is essentially one of the more dismal worlds that I have read about. I still have many questions that remain unanswered especially concerning topside, but I am confident that Ag ...more
Phewf. Glad that one is done. I REALLY didn't enjoy it. I wanted to give up at around %50, but it cost $9 and I was desperately hoping that it would get better. It didn't. This review is full of minor spoilers, but there's really nothing you won't have predicted once you're in a couple chapters.
While planning this novel, I'm assuming the author visited the TVTropes page for every dystopian novel written up to this point and decided to integrate every cliche she could find. ...more
If I knew this book is about zombies, I wouldn't have read it. And gladly I didn't. The thing is I'm not a zombie fan. It was my first book from this kind cause I hate the movies. Disgusting. I know lots of researchers proved that humans can become zombies and it would have to be caused by a very rare virus or something but although they can truly happen I still dislike to watch/read (or so I thought) anything about them. Anyway, you can guess my surprise when I discovered that Freaks are truly...more
Well, the world building does leave many things to be desired, we only know civilization as we know it had broken down sometime ago (a couple of decades ago, or within the last 100 years, I guess?) and now humans are living underground in different 'enclaves' to avoid the ...more
Halfway into this book, I was tempted to give it up, but I kept pressing on. A bit farther, and I thought I could see the light at the end of the tunnel--the situation was getting more interesting.
By the end of the book, however, I was livid, disgusted, and annoyed.
Ignoring all the poor world-building, the horribly card-board-like characters, the handling of se ...more
Doors blocked off tiny rooms, except for the one, where the metal hung askew, revealing a squat chair with a hole in it. Curiosity got the best of me, then overwhelming disgust.
I liked that ...more
This book, the first in a series (of course), is all exposition. It's got an incredibly thin plot that in no way differentiates itself from the multitudes of other dystopias (gang of survivors trying to find the perhaps-mythical land where things don't suck). Nothing really happens. No huge revelation is reached ...more
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