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 20s. 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 decimated by the tunnel monsters - or Freaks - who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
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Honestly, I had to stop listening to this. I like the story, but the narrator really ruins it for me. It's like listening to one of the chipmunks read the book. Awful...
Have to say I loved this book start to finish. There is never a dull moment and I thought the author did a great job of creating unique characters. I disagree with criticisms of the narrator. I liked her and the way she performed this book and the sequel, Outpost.
It was a great book. After reading the Gregor series, where they live in underground colonies, I was a little sick of that concept. Still, I enjoyed Enclave (though they live in enclaves, also underground). All the characters had their own interesting back stories, which was really fun to listen to. The narrator had a very squeaky voice that got annoying.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway
I thought it was a really good story. You don't have to be a dystopian or sci-fi fan to love this book. The horrifying future that Ann Aguirre had portrayed was so real and vivid in my mind. I have to say that I don't think the Author's focus was on the romance at all. She simply described how any teenage girl at that stage should feel.....confused and bewildered. However, I strongly recommend you NOT TO BUY THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION! I tried so hard to ignore the narrator's whiny voice but just couldn't. She made the whole thing extremly distracting I almost couldn't made it though the first half. Anyway, go buy the book. It's much worth it.
ENCLAVE is fantastic. It was like a movie in my mind. For being a relatively short book, it covers A LOT and the journey is incredibly exciting. Deuce has worked her whole life to be a Huntress. It’s all she’s ever wanted. She’s brave and strong for a New Blood. She lives by the rules. Then she gets partnered with Fade (how cool is his name?!). He’s not like everyone else and Deuce isn’t sure how to deal with him. He makes her second guess everything she’s ever been taught and awakens a new understanding within her.
I’m completely impressed with Ann Aguirre’s imagination and ability to create post-apocalyptic magic. I was enthralled by the story and attached to the characters. I’m rooting for them in every way.
I would sum this story up as an I Am Legend meets Hunger Games (though there are no "games").
The main character, Deuce, is admirable, brave, and pretty bad a** for her age. At the same time, she's naive, but not because she lacks intellegence; she's grown up in sheltered circumstances and she's barely past childhood.
I am excited for book 2 (The Outpost - which apparently is set for publication September 2012) so I can follow Deuce as she matures and grows into the relationships she's established.
There is a triangle established in this first book, though due to Deuce's naivety and age, I wouldn't go so far as to call it a "love triangle" yet. But this is one of the things that makes Deuce's story interesting. It's not the typical YA novel of, OMG I've immediately fallen in love with two different boys and don't know what to do; it's not mushy at all. There's a lot more of an organic nature to the growth of the relationships in this story, and it's one of the reasons I look forward to book 2.
The story is also action packed and moves along at a good pace; you don't get bored.
The narrator took some getting used to. She sounds awfully young and, at first, I found her high pitched voice annoying. But I got over it pretty fast and her voice actually matches Deuces character pretty well. I just wish she did more convincing male voices. Other than the tone of her voice, I think Emily Bauer did a good job expressing intensity in those moments of the story that really called for it.
Overall, despite my criticisms, I really liked Enclave and would recommend others read it. I've read(or really listened to) a lot, A LOT, of other YA novels lately that I didn't really find all that impressive and worth reading, but I really enjoyed Enclave and thought it worth a review.
I'm usually not a fan of "young" fiction but this was really good. I can't wait to get my next credit for book #2. I don't want to give too much away .....the way the characters reacted to "new" things after being cut off from the outside (they were in an enclave in old subway tunnels) was very realistic and I found myself totally wrapped up in the story. It was all very believable. Even the characters themselves were realistic. I hate it when an author has them do something that you just shake your head at, not Aguirre she did a great job. Emily Bauer is a very good narrator and I haven't heard anything that she's done that I didn't like. The differences in her voices are subtle not drastic and it really works well. The story was good and it leaves you wanting more - like I said just two more days and I can get book 2! Good book well worth the credit.
- Criminal Justice Graduate - Farrier
A Great Adventure!
I loved the futuristic tone to the book and yet almost tribalistic. This book was packed full of action and adventure.
My favorite part was the entire book!
What Lurks Beneath!
This book was soo good. I thought I'd take the chance on this book and to my surpise I loved it. This was full of action and adventure and emotions.
This was an amazing Young Adult novel... strong characters, gripping story, great narrator. Ann Aguirre really knows how to keep a reader going. Very gripping.
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
So boring... So many cliches. I managed to listen to this all the way through but couldn't help rolling my eyes every couple of minutes. Don't be fooled by the summary readers. Post apocalyptic thriller is just a "skin" for the romance novel drivel, it's like the plastic sleeve you probably cover your MP3 with. This is your typical perfect but troubled teen male meets perfect yet troubled female and all is well until they meet another beautiful but troubled male and then there is "conflict" and "drama". I don't know why this book has mutants in it, they seem totally superfluous.
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