Enclave by Ann Aguirre

    Review by:  Lisa

Title:  Enclave

Author:  Ann Aguirre

Collection:  Teen Books

In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong– and dangerous.

This story starts out on naming day, where our main character earns her name  because she has reached 15 years of age.  Names are given to people who survive, and in Deuce’s messed up world, people do not live long lives–both from terrible living conditions and the threat of the Freaks, zombie-like denizens of the dark and spooky subway tunnels where people have taken refuge.  As Deuce becomes a Huntress, trained to forage for food and defend against the Freaks, she begins a journey that will have her questioning what she has been told all of her life.  What is really the truth about the world she lives in and the world above?

An imaginative and engaging first novel from Ann Aguirre.   Readers of Hunger Games and dystopian fiction will enjoy this one.   I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

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