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Killer of Enemies (Killer of Enemies #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  519 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
A post-Apocalyptic YA novel with a steampunk twist, based on an Apache legend.

Years ago, seventeen-year-old Apache hunter Lozen and her family lived in a world of haves and have-nots. There were the Ones -- people so augmented with technology and genetic enhancements that they were barely human -- and there was everyone else who served them. Then the Cloud came, and every
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Tu Books
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Holly Ristau
Dec 29, 2013 Holly Ristau rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I am a librarian on a reservation, and had a Native student ask, "Do you have any books where the Indians aren't poor?" I was so happy to have this book to offer! The protagonist in this book is Native and her cultural upbringing is the reason she is so successful at what she does. This is an exciting fast read that's so much fun, you're sad when it's over.
Matt Garcia
Feb 05, 2015 Matt Garcia rated it really liked it
Wonderful dystopian/Post-apocalyptic novel that incorporates Native American culture in an inventive way. The main character, Lozen, was a kick ass heroine. Her character is fully fleshed out and one that was a treat to learn about. The only criticism I have is the constant use of the words "número uno and número dos" it got very redundant and irritating after about the hundredth time it was used and also the word "viddy" for video was a bit of a nuisance. Other than that though, an action fille ...more
Online Eccentric Librarian
The dystopian American landscape has admittedly become a very tired home for teen romances that need a bit of conflict. But then a dystopian novel comes along that proves there are still very good stories to be told in the genre. Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac, is a very witty, imaginative, yet wholly believable tale set in the American Southwest. This action-fueled novel doesn't necessarily have much in the way of a unique story arc (kill monsters, plot escape) but you honestly don't care ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Addley rated it did not like it
In the author’s note to Killer of Enemies, Joseph Bruchac says that he feels the books asserts that, “Indians will be a part of whatever future this continent holds – post-apocalyptic or not.” Given how many all-white casts have been featured in the YA trend of ended worlds and dystopias, it’s a mindset I can understand. I just wish he’d done a better job of it.

Killer of Enemies is a mess. When I stumble on something in a book that makes me confused or frustrated, I tend to make that commentary
Bonnie McDaniel
This is my first book of 2014, and man, we have hit the ground running.

In an earlier review I spoke of how refreshing it was to have a person of color, with a culture outside the United States, as a protagonist. This book continues that trend. I'm glad to have found it (Janni Sinner on Livejournal originally pointed me to this book in my Friends feed--before then, I'd never heard of it), but it's sad, and infuriating in this day and age, that such heroes are few and far between.

So here's another
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
I have no idea where I found Killer of Enemies. Something about the title caught my attention, I think, but by the time I had picked it up (from the library) I had already forgotten why.

Somehow, though, I decided to read it, anyway. Despite a title that probably should have died in marketing (as one commentor already noted), the description promised a little bit of everything: dystopia, magic, Apache prophecies, monsters...

Also, it's YA. How much time commitment could it require? I'll take a ga
Aug 10, 2013 Janni added it
A post-apocalyptic post-technology future adventure with an Apache protagonist? Of course I was in. I loved seeing the collapse of civilization through Lozen's point of view, loved the exploration of what such collapses--not to mention the economic disparities that precede them--mean for different communities and sub-communities, and loved the ways in the setting and the protagonist's religious and moral beliefs did and didn't intersect. And of course, I do enjoy a good kickass female protagonis ...more
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
No, I'm sorry, I'm not going to finish this.

I really, really don't like the writing style.

And I hate that I can't quite articulate why. There's nothing wrong with it, it's not quite jarring, it's certainly not offensive. It's just really, really not working for me. It's quite heavy on the worldbuilding and I don't like the narrator's voice at all.

I'm not going to waste time trawling through a novel I'm not enjoying only to give it one or two stars when I can quit now and not rate it.
Tanita S.
Oh, the JOY of this book. What a FUN, full-rush action novel.
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
~ from the library

Very good reviews out there on this one, so I'll keep it brief. KILLER OF ENEMIES is a dystopian fantasy/scifi blend. The worldbuilding is interesting and well constructed. Also, the Main Character and her family are Native Americans and half the fun in this book is how the author uses Native American stories to sustain the plot.

The main character is Lozen, and she is a delightful kick-ass heroine. She's not small and she's not weak. She's also not all weepy and emotional, and
Aug 15, 2013 SARIT rated it it was amazing
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WELL.... our heroine didn't shame her name sack - She’s brave, tough, knows how to kick ass, and is impressively smart and resourceful. She’s also observant, levelheaded, and completely devoted to her family. I just fell in love with this tall ( above 6"), lanky, quite female.(as the author said - “The female of species is deadlier than the male.”).

Yes, she don't talk much, but her thoughts fill the space with dry cynical humor
Jul 08, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
When I was young, I read Andre Norton’s science fiction books featuring Native American protagonists. I have missed that combination. Until now. I received an ARC of Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac at ALA2013. The book is set in a dystopian future, in the days A. C., after The Cloud descends on Earth, destroying electricity and all forms of advanced technology.

Lozen, the teen heroine, is an Apache named after her ancestor, a 19th century warrior woman who battled alongside Geronimo. Lozen is
Abbe Hinder

Going into this novel, I was expecting something quite different from what I received (to put it nicely). Joseph Bruchac does create nicely developed monsters, but that's all that he creates that I could actually appreciate. But although I didn't really enjoy this book, I think others will since it's a dystopian novel that has a lot of action and a controlling government because really, who gets tired of those?

Straight away, I knew that Killer of Enemies and I were not going to click because of
Sep 10, 2013 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
Excellent action, adventure dystopian novel with a strong female protagonist who is indeed like the cover says, the only one who can save them, i.e. her family and maybe some of the other enslaved humans in the misnamed sanctuary of Haven. First it was the virus that wiped out all the horses in the world. Then it was the Cloud, that took care of technology and killed most of the "altered" or "enhanced" humans. Unfortunately, those with only partial body tech survived. Four of them are the Ones i ...more
Jason Conran
Aug 16, 2015 Jason Conran rated it liked it

I found this book really annoying to begin with, for one simple reason: Lozen's incessant use of "Numero Uno" and "Numero Dos" to list things - an average of once per chapter, at least. It felt like nothing of importance happened until over 100 pages into the story, and the worldbuilding was only covered in vague, shallow detail. Most of the story features Lozen going off on her own to do things, and there are a lot of conveniences she's afforded for supposedly being in such a d
The hype about this book had me so excited but reading it left me disappointed.

Reasons why I think you should pass on this book:

Numero Uno- the counting! Lozen apparently can't have a thought about anything without making a list and counting in Spanish. And it isn't as if she speaks Spanish. She just prefers to count in it. The constant repetition of counting makes Lozen's character flat and boring. She could have been a great strong female character but having to make a list for every thought
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Original Rating: 3.5 out of 5
This review and more can be found at Bookwyrming Thoughts

I never thought I would ever come across a book that dumps information on you AND like it.

With a post-apocalyptic world where people are ruled over genetically modified people who are barely human anymore, Joseph Bruchac has obviously planned this book very well and vividly, even with the amount of information he dumps on you for most of the book. I find that the information dump actually goes very well with th
In a post-apocalyptic future, seventeen year old Lozen spends her days hunting monsters for the Ones. The Ones run Haven, the place where she and her family live.

Living in Haven wasn't their choice; the Ones decided for them because they wanted Lozen for her skills of killing monsters. Killing her father and uncle, they took Lozen's mother and two siblings knowing she would for them in order to keep the rest of her family safe.

So Lozen is a monster hunter for the Ones - people who were genetical
It took me quite a long time before finally beginning this book. I think I was put off by the cover since it looked like some sort of shoot 'em up title--now that I've read the book I actually think it works very well--and I thought it might require some concentration for me to read and enjoy it. My fears were groundless, though, and I should not have judged this book by its cover. This one is rare in that it is speculative fiction told from a Native perspective. That alone might suggest that th ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Luke rated it really liked it
This book had a great main character. Reading this really made me think about what might happen to the reservations in the future. I like when a book takes something familiar, like a post-apocalyptic world with large mutated beasts, and puts a twist to the well-known monster fighter character. The main character in this story is Indian, and she uses the old stories to defeat the monsters she encounters.

This book takes place after there has been a huge gray space cloud that covered earth and too
Ms. McFaul
Jun 04, 2015 Ms. McFaul rated it really liked it
Shelves: lib-532
Love this. Love the Native American focus, the STRONG heroine, and the world building Bruchac does. Post apocalyptic, action-packed, and a different mode of delivery.


Dystopian literature is all the rage, and I have been looking for some quality dystopian literature with non-white protagonists. I have been epically failing. Until now. Lozen is one of the strongest heroines I’ve read in a very long time, and she is an Apache survivor of the demolition of all electrical capabilities in th
Michelle Pegram
Set in a Dystopian world, Killer of Enemies follows the monster killer, Lozen, a young apache woman as she copes with a world thrown from a technological mecca to a new steam age by the appearance of a mysterious cloud. Prior to the cloud, those with money were able to cheat death through genetic enhancements developed through testing on animals. After the cloud, technology is rendered useless and the creatures created through genetic engineering are loose and on the prowl. Lozen, who is equippe ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Clickety rated it really liked it
This book was fantastic. I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the worldbuilding - the Ones, the way such a rigid pecking order is established, the huge critters - and of course Hally. Somehow Bruchac makes Hally seem alien, definitely other, without being monstrous or (ugh) arrogantly superior.

Other reviews have complained about Lozen seeming too capable, but I thought it came across as heroic. She doesn't breeze through everything; she struggles, and because of her role and her abilities,
I loved this Book! This was a page turning adventure. I could not put down the book and finished it in one day! The story is fasted past and action packed. It reminded me of the Hunger Games, but better because I could relate being a young Native born and raised in Arizona. I really liked the strong female character and the adventure she lives. This is the best book I've read in a long time and it has the right balance of scifi fiction and real life. I highly recommend this book for teens! I thi ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Alien meets John Woo
Drinking Buddy: Mean Girls meets Predator
Testosterone Estrogen Level: Dances With Wolves meets Howitzer Explosion Guy IV
Talky Talk: The Shawshank Redemption meets The Hunger Games
Bonus Factors: Native American Lore, Warlords
Bromance Status: Scary Friend

Read the full book report here.
Aug 15, 2014 Alyssa rated it did not like it
I could not make myself finish this book. I was drawn in by the promise of an awesomely dynamic, diverse, and bad ass YA female character. What I received was stiff, awkward first-person character narration that felt like the author had no idea what he was talking about...even though this is his creation. The book also feels like it's trying to be the next Hunger replicating the Hunger Games, not by being original within a genre.

Damnit, I was so excited about it.
Alex Hughes
Nov 06, 2013 Alex Hughes rated it it was amazing
A bit slow in the beginning, but well worth reading on. Delightful, with many unexpected details and a strong main character I couldn't help rooting for. Her Apache heritage and a strong desert, post-apocalyptic setting made it feel new and unique. Plus the monsters! I thoroughly enjoyed.
Brenda Kahn
Wowzers! This one doesn't leave much room to breathe as our kick a$$ heroine is sent out again and again to kill the monsters that threaten her post-apocalyptic world, when she'd much rather kill the Ones that run that world. A 2013 favorite.
Adrian Fridge
Feb 15, 2017 Adrian Fridge rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, dystopia
The world-building alone is enough to sell this book. You have a technologically advanced world that's obliterated by a literal, physical Cloud destroying every electrical device, including the ones implanted in eyes and ears. After this apocalypse, the Native American characters return to living with the Earth. And the protagonist is charged with taking out the genetically modified monsters roaming the land.

The writing is difficult to get into. It's first person present, and a lot of it is Loze
Killer of Enemies - Joseph Bruchac
Post-apocalyptic monster-killing as performed by Apache hunter, Lozen. It seems like such a straight-forward set-up, but nothing is as obvious as that. Bruchac puts lots of twists in the spaghetti and he takes time to raise many ethical and even philosophical questions. Full of adventure, but also, a bit thinky. And there’s a sequel.Special nods for character diversity, by a compelling Native writer. so far I've loved all of his books I've read. Thank you Debbi
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Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by wh ...more
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