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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.
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Published October 23rd 2012 by Tor Books
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⊱ 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
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
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

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
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:
Apr 05, 2014 Abbie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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
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
So I'm starting this series... Decent so far.

(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
Kimbleey Björklund
Ann Aguirre- Foundation (Razorland0rland #0,5) [läsutmaning50]

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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 exploring a floating city)
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.
"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
Roxy Aubert
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. ;)
Read this short story first out of the series, and it showed promise. I'm excited to start reading the books.
Court mais du coup, ça m'introduit bien à la saga !
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Peu avant les fêtes, Black Moon a proposé la petite nouvelle, qui sert de prologue à la série Enclave, gratuitement sur plusieurs plateforme de téléchargement d’ebook. En peu de pages on arrive à se faire rapidement une idée du style d’écriture de l’auteure et aussi de l’univers qu’elle met en place. On se retrouve bien des années avant les aventures de Trèfle, mais on apprécie de voir l’évolution du monde et des interactions entre survivants du point de vue de Rob, qui malgré son âge a déjà une ...more
I am coming into this having NOT read the series that this give a bit of backstory to. I am not sure if that helped me to stay objective or hindered my ability to understand, but it is what it is. I know virtually nothing about the series, other than what I gleaned from this particular story. But this one has been sitting on my Kindle for a while, and I figured I would give it a read.


: a transformative change of heart; especially : a spiritual conversion

I found the use of this word for t
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This is a really short story that takes place completely separate from the other story arcs in the Razorland series. Instead of seeing characters we've already grown to care about, we meet a character that was in the College enclave almost from the very start. This is only a beginning and doesn't provide much new information, but it also doesn't spoil anything for the rest of the series.*

What it does provide is a look at two kindred souls, forced together by fate, and how they forged a spot for
Ashley Ferguson
This review and others be found at The AP Book Club

Since I finished Enclave, I've been curious as to whether we'll find out about the origin of the Freaks. And then, when I finished Endurance, I wanted to know who Robin was. And then I found this little story, which answered both questions! Well, at least in part. We also get a little bit of background on the world and helps make a broader picture of what Deuce, Fade, Slacker, and Tegan might be up against.

For some reason, I associate the name "
Carina Olsen
This is a very short story, so my review won't be very long. I'm not sure how I felt about it, to be honest. I loved getting to know more about the world from the Razorland series. I loved getting to know who Robin was; since we get to know about him in the other short story. It was an interesting short story.

We don't get to see too much in this, but we get to meet Robin and his family. It was a bit sad to get to know their lives, what happened when the world went to hell. But I did enjoy gettin
I really like Aguirre's Enclave series...yes its another dystopian/apocolyptic young adult novel but its really good and very different. I have read "Enclave" and another short called "Endurance". I was halfway through "Outpost" and without that (physical) book when I started reading "Foundation" on my kindle. "Foundation" is very short. A casual reader may not want to spend the .99 cents to buy this one but if you really like the Razorland series, it is worth the investment. "Foundation" tells ...more
What a disappointment I was really looking forward to reading this after enjoying the Razorland trilogy so much alas this was nowhere near up to the standard e full length novels. For starters it was far too short it only took me 20 minutes to read it and it lacked detail it all felt so rushed and there was no more explanation than was given us throughout the novels. The love story in this short of a story was unnecessary and added nothing to it as we didn't have enough time with the characters ...more
Im happy there was a prequil. I really enjoyed reading it, even though it was very short. I would have loved to have a much longer account of what happened, a more detailed account of what happened. And to be honest, i spent half the short story thinking Robin was a girl, not a boy ( the main char. is a girl in the main story! ) Not until the mother calls him Robbie, do i get that its a boy haha. My bad. I even read back at that point to see if there was any clear defining moment. I guess i miss ...more
Iman Eyitayo
Ayant dévoré le Tome 1 d'Enclave, je me suis jetée sur cette prequelle dans l'heure qui a suivi.

Elle raconte donc l'histoire de ceux qui ont créé le système de l'enclave, à travers les yeux d'un petit garçon qui a vu sa vie changer avec l'apocalypse.

J'ai aimé découvrir cet aspect, les origines de ce système. On apprend des choses, ce qui fait de cette prequelle un vrai plus.

Toutefois l'histoire est très très courte. Les 44pages annoncées contiennent surtout 2 chapitres du Tome 1 d'Enclave.

" My name is Robin Schiller, and I have come to the end of my life. In this final recounting, I entrust my tale to you, my pupil; you are the first Wordkeeper. In this world, words matter. Sometimes they’re all we have. So I entrust mine to you. Let them be remembered.

Let it be so."

I can't lie - this gave me goosebumps. Maybe because I was really thinking about the horrors she lived through. Maybe because I've read a string of romance YA so this one was a little grittier and it got to me

but main
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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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  • Outpost (Razorland, #2)
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