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Foundation (Razorland 0.5)

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In Ann Aguirre’s award-winning novel, Enclave, humans have taken refuge in colonies below ground. Here is the story of what drove them there, told through the eyes of a teen who would later have vast influence over the fate of many, and who gave his heart to the one person who needed him most.
ebook, 18 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Tor Books
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Sometimes I wondered what the point of survival was, if this was what we had to do; it seemed there was nothing in the world worth saving.

unlike restoration, which was an unnecessary (sez me) story retold from a different POV, this is an all-new piece that actually contributes to the series instead of just reheating old material.

this story takes place before the events of Enclave and details the chaos that drove humans underground in the first place, from the POV of an individual who will help
⊱ Irena ⊰
A teen with parents has an opportunity to hide from the outbreaks in the city. They have the means to get one of the bunkers that would protect them.
So they go there.
They are not alone, but they are not encouraged to socialize with other families. Until they are forced to do just that. This is an interesting start of the series. While I am not that much of a YA fan (just too many annoying things to list) and I haven't read the other books in this series, I didn't find the characters annoying. If
Jul 24, 2016 Alina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It cleared up a few things about the apocalypse and the Freaks/Muties, so it kind of served its purpose
I forgot I had this one and originally the intent was to read this one first and then Endurance. I failed.

As a fan of Razorland, I never really felt the need to know exactly what happened before Enclave. Mostly because I was already heavily involved in the story Enclave was trying to weave. However, for world building purposes I can see why this one would be necessary or at the very least help out some.

Overall, this was an interesting read. We get to find out what happened in the days leading
Nov 10, 2012 Nicky rated it liked it
Shelves: novella, apocalyptic
I'm all for the extra tid-bits authors make in accompaniment to their series.
But if you're an Enclave fan, you don't really need to read this...
It is kind of interesting because it does confirm how the Freaks were created and how the evacuation went down, but it doesn't really explain anything new like I hoped. This is partly due to the first-person POV of a kid who doesn't have all the facts about what is going on around her. I suspect it was also done to leave some omniscience about the endin
Joanna Marie
Jun 21, 2016 Joanna Marie rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle

I don't have idea about the Enclave yet but Ann Aguirre made a nice introduction of the Foundation of it, how the bunkers survived, and the start of the College Enclave. I got confused about the sexual identity of the narrator though, Robin Schiller, as the boy was so soft and gentle. 90% of the time I thought he's another way around. Secondly, it did showcase good writing and moderate pacing, but it quite lacked emotions when going through death after death of people around them. I guess
Apr 05, 2014 Abbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: m-m
Great short story, the only problem with prequels is that it's never the same people as it is in the main books in the series.
I like that a bit of M/M was added, as usually these types of books never do.
Interesting to read how it all began, but would have liked to read some more about when they came down to the tunnels.
I'm not a big of Enclave, but this. This one tugged at my heartstrings! The voice of Robin Schiller sounds so melancholic it's tragic and yet beautiful. His short tale is moving. I think I liked him more than Deuce.

This is a short read but all necessary information about how it started are related to us by Robin. Even though they're not much, I think they're enough for us to have an idea of how those Freaks came into being.

Here's the link to this short story:
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Purchased on Amazon

Robin Schiller is thirteen when he and his parents go underground in a hermetically sealed tiny bunker to avoid the chemical bomb set off in Times Square. Told it would be a temporary thing until order topside is restored, he is fourteen when all contact with the outside world stops. Finding another boy his age in one of the compartments of his unit of the underground Robin whispers conversations with him daily until everyone in the unit decides they should all
Nadine Jones
I really loved Enclave, but everything else in this series has disappointed me.

The blurb on the Tor site threw me off, and unfortunately kind of killed this snippet for me. I probably would have enjoyed this more if I'd known who was "speaking."
told through the eyes of a teen who would later have vast influence over the fate of many, and who gave his heart to the one person who needed him most.
made it seem like Fade was speaking, and none of that made sense, so u spent the entire story feelin
So....No zombies, no action, no suspense,... and (sigh) not what I was expecting. I feel kinda cheated. In few words,... a YA love story in a post-apocalyptic setting. A fourteen year old girl (Robin) and a fifteen old boy (Austin) find each other in difficult circumstances and fall in love. Many people die. A small group of people decides to build a new society. The end.

I'll find my zombies elsewhere.

Link here :
Great prequel. An understanding of the virus and mutations were quite interesting. The formation of College, the incorporation of their caste and mind frames that became passed all the way to Deuce’s generation. Plus if you've read through to Outpost and the bonus short story, the reader is "enlightened" by the bottom dwellers and those outcast to the caves, and how they suffer in many ways to the topside kind of lifestyle. There is an over cast theme of fitting in - the Freaks, those from Colle ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
This is just the sort of insanity-making awesomeness that I've come to expect from Ann Aguirre. Getting to see the beginning of the end was shiver inducing and reminded me of just how much I loved Enclave.

We got some hints of who Robin might be in Endurance when Stone and Thimble stumbled onto the underground bunker while on the run. Now we get to see how the life of the topsiders progressed as the sickness spread, what drove Robin's family below ground, and ultimately what happened to those "lu
Jan 12, 2013 Kim rated it it was ok
I was expecting a more detailed account of what happened to the world and more of an explanation of how the freaks came to be. So I was disappointed in this. I don't care who Robin and Austin are and I found their love to be far fetched and a poor way to bring in a homosexual aspect to the series. Besides telling us that a nuclear threat caused the world to be decimated (which I think we knew from Enclave or Outpost anyway), the only other new piece of information is that the freaks are mutants ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
So I'm starting this series... Decent so far.
Jun 04, 2014 MelM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

(un avis très court pour une courte nouvelle)

J'ai lu cette très courte nouvelle après avoir lu les trois tomes que composent la trilogie Enclave et je dois dire que je l'ai trouvée très intéressante et enrichissante.

Le récit est immédiatement addictif, ce qui est un point extrêmement important et positif vu le peu de pages que comporte cette nouvelle, on se plonge dans ce récit avec énormément de facilités et j'ai adoré découvrir cette petite nou
I don't remember how the sun feels,

At only thirteen, Robin Schiller's parents purchased the quiet bunker, as a precaution her mother, it'll all be over before you now it, her father halfheartedly claimed. By the time she turned nine, she no longer went to school, nor did her mother leave her apartment to purchase groceries, instead having them delivered. This is when everything changed, as a chemical agent prepares the destruction she never saw coming.

For us, normal ended on May 5 when the chemi
Nov 17, 2015 Myndi rated it really liked it
I read the first book in the series before I remembered that there was this prequel. I usually prefer to read the prequel first. I don't think the order hurt me in any way. It was nice to get some background to how people became infected, how the uninfected ended up underground and how the enclaves began. I wish we could have known who, from the main story, if anyone these people were related to. That's my only criticism. I'm loving the story and already reading the 1.5 novella.
Apr 15, 2015 Monda rated it did not like it
Not worthy of being written in the first place. Added nothing to the main story and explained nothing.
It's a very quick unclear telling of the beginning of the destruction of NY city and it feels kinda rushed.
No explanation as how people managed to start living underground, how they managed to survive, what caused others to become zombies (freaks) and what caused others not to be infected.
Nothing satisfying at all and if I didn't read it I would have lost nothing.
This was an extremely short introduction to the Razorland Universe, which blew me away! I immediately was sucked into the story and formed a connection to the narrator, Robin. By the end of the story, I wanted to know more: what was the biologic agent that forced the families into the underground bunkers, why did some people survive the exposure and others didn't, why was the surface so uninhabitable? Excellent beginning and I can't wait to get to the next book!
Jul 29, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Foundation is a short story set before Enclave began; for this reason I think it's safe to read as a prequel if you wanted to but you might not appreciate some of the subtle links that others who have read the book would so it could be more fun to wait.

This 218 page long extract shows us the very beginnings of how the conditions seen in book one actually came back - essentially you see the formation of the Enclave underground and how people, most specifically a young boy named Robin, were initi
Kimbleey Björklund
Ann Aguirre- Foundation (Razorland0rland #0,5) [läsutmaning50]

Contains Spoilers

Okay, so I decided to count these two short stories as one book, and they share number on the läsutmaning50!

Yes! I liked this! It's actually impressive that the author made this art in just 30 pages. I loves the two main characters and the emotions regarding them and their situation. I liked Robin way more than Deuce or the others. It's like a completely different author has written it. Good! Yes! Great.


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I didn't feel like this added a whole lot to the story, it was pretty basic and we didn't get much background on the Freaks, which is what I was hoping for. Plus, I wasn't entirely comfortable with the romance. (view spoiler)
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
I haven't read Enclave. But perhaps I shall after finally getting to read this. Interesting premise and it's short. I wish it was longer than just skipping from x to y at the end. Other than that, the vagueness of the story's background makes me curious to know more.
Jan 13, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it
"Foundation" by Ann Aguirre is a short novella that centers around the survival of the families who fled underground after an apocalyptic disaster. The story is told through the eyes of Robin Schiller, a teen who escaped with her parents underground after the Metanoia virus ravaged the populace. In the shelter with air filtered, food packaged and fear permeating the survivors, she's unhappy and lonely until meeting Austin Shelley. Robin's account will eventually influence many with its historica ...more
Roxane Aubert
Jun 26, 2014 Roxane Aubert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une très très bonne surprise, que cette nouvelle d'introduction à la trilogie Dystopique "Enclave".

Une histoire intéressante, intrigante, et qui promet de bonnes choses pour la suite.
Une romance originale ! J'entends par là, qu'elle ne ressemble en rien à ce que l'on peut trouver de nos jours dans les romans pour jeunes adultes (à ma connaissance). D'ailleurs, j'ai de ce fait eu un peu de mal à m'identifier aux deux protagonistes, mais cela n'enlève rien à la qualité de l'histoire.
Certes, la rom
Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
Nice, not exceptionally amazing, but nice. I seriously like the cover, and the two heads peeking out from the gutters. Of course, the Freaks look absolutely awesome. ;)
Alexis Steven
Aug 20, 2015 Alexis Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: reto-hombres-p
Aunque me dejo un poco desconcertado, me ha gustado. Después de haber leído la trilogía esperaba conocer algo nuevo, y si bien no ha sido mucho, si lo suficiente para quedar satisfecho. Aunque de forma fugaz, conocemos el inicio del Enclave y su forma de vida. También, nos presenta a un chico que de forma tranquila nos habla de cómo su mundo se vio límitado a tan solo cuatro paredes; conocer los problemas exteriores, escapar de ellos y perder a seres queridos, así como encontrar al amor de tu vi ...more
Jan 16, 2015 Aura rated it really liked it
Read this short story first out of the series, and it showed promise. I'm excited to start reading the books.
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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds ...more
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