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New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimat ...more
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends
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drowningmermaid If you mean "are there sex scenes"? No, there aren't. However, one of the "love interests" is guilty of rape as an accomplice, orchestrating the rape …moreIf you mean "are there sex scenes"? No, there aren't. However, one of the "love interests" is guilty of rape as an accomplice, orchestrating the rape of a minor (but only as an accomplice! So it's totally fine, whee!), so . . . I wouldn't recommend it as a "clean read."(less)
Cathryn I'm late to the party, but biggest con? The female lead is in a love triangle with a great guy (Fade) and a rapist who kidnapped her, tried to rape he…moreI'm late to the party, but biggest con? The female lead is in a love triangle with a great guy (Fade) and a rapist who kidnapped her, tried to rape her, and also repeatedly raped a young girl. Deuce tells the girl (Tegan, the MC of book 4) that the rapes were obviously her fault since if she didn't want them to happen, she would've killed herself first, and then tells Tegan she has a choice between traveling with Deuce, Fade, and Tegan's rapist, or getting eaten by zombies. Tegan is like, 12 or 13 and this guy is almost 18. He kidnapped and raped her. And he tried to rape Deuce. And he's Deuce's potential love interest. So take that how you want.(less)

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Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
this book has absolutely nothing in common with the hunger games. sure, there are kids who fight, but the circumstances are entirely different. most of the kids in h.g. have not been trained to fight, they are being forced to fight for the entertainment of the capitol. the main character of h.g. is not a girl who has been honed to kill monsters that attack her community, nor one who has been raised in such a sheltered and specific educational-track focused entirely on fighting that emotions are ...more
So, The Hunger Games had a baby with Fallout. Then, they broke up and The Walking Dead became the new step-parent. Giving rise to the strange child we call Enclave. Isn't she a cwute wittle one?

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.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3/29/12 Stop by The Nocturnal Library to read our interview with Ann Aguirre and enter for a chance to win one of 3 books: Enclave, Grimspace or Blue Diablo.

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
Rachel E. Carter
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
HOLY WOW. WHY HAVE I NOT READ THIS SERIES SOONER? SO MUCH FUN!!! AMAZING PROTAGONIST. AMAZING, CREEPY WORLD. LOVE, LOVE, LOVVVVVE STALKER (even though I know he won't win!). This is SO my type of book, why did I take so long to read it? ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
2.5 stars out of 5.


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
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, ya
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 of this kind because I usually avoid anything zombie related. Disgusting. I know lots of researchers theocratically say 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 ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of YA dystopian fiction
Enclave's premise drew my attention more than a lot of the other, more hyped YA dystopias. And I believe that most of it lived up to my expectations.

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
Wendy Darling
Okay, I'm adding this note because I'm seeing some activity on this review as I'm updating my reading progress in the third book.

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:

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
Dec 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Several months ago, I made the decision to read everything Ann Aguirre had on the market because I loved her Sirantha Jax series so much (so for all of you who visit The Obsessive Bookseller regularly, I’m sorry for being so repetitive, haha). I was particularly excited to pick up this series because I’d had it on my reading list even before I became fond of the author. I am glad to report that Enclave was every bit as enjoyable as her other book
Aug 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star-reads

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
Isa Lavinia


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
This was only the second book I’ve read by Aguirre, with the first being Skin Game, which I was less than impressed with. And yes, I realize I still haven’t read the one series lauded as her best, Sirantha Jax, but I will get to it one of these days. Although Enclave had some great ideas, some very quotable passages, and some fascinating characters, I think it also fell short in a number of ways.

This book tells the story of Deuce; a girl living underground in the tunnels and sewer systems of a p
Steph Sinclair

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
3 1/2 stars

A couple of years ago, I endured read a young adult zombie novel which it seemed might turn me away from the shambling mobs forever. But then, after two years of strict zombie literature abstinence, enter the Goodreads Zombie Advocacy Board: your friendly neighborhood support group, recommendation service, and cheerleaders for all things decomposing and reanimated. So far I’ve read three zombie books this year; a very small percentage, but I think it’s safe to say that the healing has
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
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.

I thought this was really good. It is an identity story wrapped in a devastated world survival/adventure tale, and it is surprisingly insightful. It was engrossing enough that I started the next book immediately.
Steph Su
Jul 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book reminded me of why I sometimes HATE when writers for adults attempt to write for younger audiences. People, how many times do I have to remind you that having a good premise and combining that with sloppy worldbuilding, a teenaged protagonist, and a love triangle does NOT automatically qualify a book as YA? I managed to finish ENCLAVE, but only because the whole time I kept on expecting it to get better, for it to eventually blow me away. Well, there was definitely no blowing away: my ...more
Post-plague, underground, dystopian fiction set in a smallish, harsh, survival-of-the-fittest society, a deserted, crumbling New York City, unexpected friendship, a hint of romance and super-gory zombies!

"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
Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
This book, you love it, or you hate it. And then there's me.

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 interesting than I thought it was going to be.

Enclave is about a group of people living in a post-apocalyptic world. They don't have names but they are called girl or boy and then given a number. Enter Girl 15, well now she's known as Deuce. Did I forget to mention that when they get a job, they get a new name. When I first heard this, I didn't know how I felt about it. The naming thing kind of intrigued me and reminded me of Divergent and how if they went to a new faction they could pick a
Anagha Uppal
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All dystopian fans!
"He'd said the sun could burn me. It certainly looked angry enough, all orange and glowing mad."

"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
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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.
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it
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Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Enclave is amongst the few dystopian novels that has actually received a level amount of praise from practically everyone. As far as I know, there are no “haters” of Enclave, although there are those that feel simply ambivalent towards the novel, and as such, I went into it fully expecting to love it. Much to my disappointment, however, not only did I not fall in love with this novel, I couldn’t even bring myself to finish it. I was less than hundred pages from the end when I came to sudden real ...more
2.5 to 3 stars, I'm okay with this book and I'm surprised the story isn't as awful and ridiculous as I've recently experienced with the other Young Adult dystopian novels (Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, I'm looking right at you).

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
Jan 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Let me be frank: I wanted to like this book. The premise sounded interesting, even though it's yet another dystopic young adult novel.

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
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
We had Hunger Games to keep us entertained in dystopian adventures and now I think Enclave is a rightfully successor of a story. The main protagonist is a Hunter and all her life she has been breed to Hunt, hunting is all she knows. Equipped with basic tools of killing she kills Freaks amongst other things. She knows not much at all of the upside world, for she has lived underground has not tasted the Sunlight or seen, cars or guns. The Enclave are a gang who consist of Brats, Hunters, Breeders ...more
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Looks like I'm going to rate this one a little lower than the majority! To be honest, I really liked the way it started out. In fact, throughout the whole book I loved how they reacted when they discovered some of the things we take for granted today. Things like watches, metal spoons, weddings, books.

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
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
If someone had told me that there was a possibility of zombies in this novel, I would have read it much sooner. As it stands, I downloaded the audiobook from Audible and listened to it while performing the most mundane tasks at work. Audiobooks are awesome for making a dull girl’s life a little less dull. The audio for Enclave was great. The narrator (Emily Bauer) wasn't too boisterous but neither was she timid in her delivery. At first, I thought she sounded a little young and maybe a bit chipp ...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a savior of stray kittens, and a voice actress, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in Mexico with her family. She writes all kinds of genre fiction, but she has an eternal soft spot for a happily ever after.

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