Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight. To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.
Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols - those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground.
The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.
©2012 Ann Aguirre (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
Just a book fool.
There are so many great reviews for this book and I feel kinda alone on this one so bare with me. Outpost had great potential, and there are times it really lived up to it, and times I wanted to fast forward. Once I was at the middle of this book it was a little bit...ummm...boring? I don't know it just wasn't what I expected.
Seeing that Deuce lived underground in a society that made up it's own rules and brainwashed it's people I was excited to see her paradigm shift. It felt as though it was going to be reminiscent of Plateo's "The Cave." It wasn't. The most she wondered about was why you celebrated birthdays and "who says I cant wear pants!" All of her "paradigm shifts" were quite shallow.
Romance is weak and there is a pointless love triangle once again.
The book starts to redeem itself towards the end and leaves you with quite the cliffhanger. I think the final installment in this series has the setup to be the best yet. Here's to hoping!
OH! Most importantly the narrator is bad. I honestly wonder if I would have felt completely different about this book had I read it instead...
Outpost is action from start to finish. This book does not have a dull moment. There is a love triangle, zombie-like creatures, and family dynamics, to name a few elements. The narrator was good, but the accents were a little inconsistent. At one point they sound like they are from Boston, the next like they are from the South. But that is a small complaint because overall it was great. The hard part is now waiting for the third book, Horde, to come out!
This was an interesting read and continued the story from the first book well. Characters grow and change - and there are a lot of parallels to Peeta and Katniss from Hunger Games in terms of characterization (strong female, strong but failing male, sacrifice). Themes that were only touched upon in the first novel are now explored more in depth in the wide open world above ground.
I especially liked that there weren't black and white character or moustache twirler villains. And the situation for the main characters continues to deteriorate, leading to a very action packed and suspenseful ending (fortunately, not a cliff hanger).
I'm looking forward to the next book!
I read Enclave on the Kindle in a few days and could not wait to get into Outpost.
This is a really well-written series that ties you to the characters and lets you feel the world through their skin. I am claustrophobic, but was terrified by all of the space Deuce encounters during this next part of her journey. I love it when a book takes over your reality and makes the world within the book too real for comfort.
There were some long stretches of inactivity during Outbreak. However, they did not bore me. Rather, I enjoyed pausing the action a bit to explore the characters more. It was definitely not as fast paced as Enclave, but the constant outward battles of the first book gave way to more internal battles in the second.
I also like how the author wraps up each novel, but sets you up for more. It makes it easier to wait for the next book.
Highly recommended and looking forward to part three in October!
This novel is fast paced and full of great imagery of the strong and courageous Deuce and her 2 beaus. Not too lengthy, just the right amount of gory, bloody fight scenes and intertwined with those, the somewhat victorian love story. If you think about it; In those days, they did have to often fight in hand-to-hand combat too, vs. today's WMDs.
I am, at the moment, really into the current wave of post-apocalyptic drama. I just consume them as fast as they come out, mixing flavors, if they are any good... as many of them have turned out to be. I read Enclave, then Angelfall, then Outpost. For me it turned out to be the perfect complement of ernest dramedy and satire/comedy. That was great fun and entertainment; just what I needed.
I am not giving 'Outpost' the full 5 stars, because I don't think it deserves the 5, due to the fact that I found several of the inner monologues too long, boring. I also did not find it as innovative as others of it's kind, even though it has the potential. There is a lot of basically phantasy stuff that the reader just has to accept.
Overall recommended as enjoyable entertainment.
Action, Love, Family
Its similar to Delirium, Matched, Divergent, Chemical Garden, & Hunger Games.
Mostly just because its a female main character and has a lot of action and is set in the future.
I liked the siege on the outpost scene. A lot of fighting.
It's not really a funny book. More sad at times. No main reaction. But I did love the book!
I wanted to listen to this audio book all in 1 day. It was that good! I enjoy this author because unlike the other book above, the main character that is a girl isn't portrayed as being dumb. I never understood why female authors portray the female characters as stupid. This girl is strong and smart!
I'm actually quite surprised that it's gotten such mixed reviews. Yes, we get to see Duece's softer side in this book, but then again she's in a new place with new rules. I didn't quite cry, but my heart bled for Duece and her friends.
I must admit, I liked the supporting characters so much better in this second book compared to the first. I really didn't like the Enclave, though it's all relative. There is evil everywhere, from the Freaks chasing them to the ugly hate and desire to saddle someone, anyone, as a scapegoat. Sadly, that always seems to fall to Duece. This is definitely a 'razorland'.
The Freaks are getting smarter, and have a strong presence above ground. Sometimes it's the least likely person, a teenage girl, that has the heart and strength to save everyone.
And I still stand by my original comparison: the Freaks are totally Reavers from Firefly/Serenity. *Shiver*
Couldn't stop listening to it. I really love the characters and the story. Couldn't wait to start the next book.
If it looks like a duck and acts like a duck, then it must be a . . . well Outpost is the second book of a series and it acts just like one!
Outpost is repetitive - for the reader who did not bother with Enclave it must be great, for me - not so much.
Outpost also ended like the second book of a series - push me out to the edge and leave me there hanging, for me - too painful.
And for me, a sap, I'm not happy when you mess with relationships that need not be messed with.
So, I give Outpost a 3.5...
Either the book would have been written to keep the main character to her hunter ways and forget the pining over boys and kissing, or else a different narrator would lend a less perky slant to the content.
The huntress main character starts discovering being a girl, getting in dresses, and kissing boys. The story of the freaks, of the outpost, of salvation was so much better. Everything else was just getting in the way and had me rolling my eyes a lot.
I don't have a name in mind. But it would be a female narrator with a more gravelly, alto voice. More chip on the shoulder and less perky. Think girl with the dragon tattoo.
I actually like the characters. They have their place in a story about post-apocolyptic world. But we don't need this book-long back and forth over boys. It sounds very typically male even to me, so I just say that if you are here for the sci-fi, it took a back seat to a love triangle.
I'll still probably grab the third book in the series to complete the story, as I'm genuinely captured by the world and the mystery of the freaks. I just hope the main characters put their emotions down and get on with the story.
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