Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: April 12th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Zombies
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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 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--guided by Fade's long-ago memories--in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.
Ann Aguirre's thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world--facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they've ever known. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)
FTC Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of this book myself. I was in no way compensated for this review.
About a year ago, I watched The Walking Dead for the first time. I was so anti-zombie before that, and now I’m OBSESSED. So I’ve been trying to read a lot of zombie books, even if they’re not typical zombies. Enclave falls under that not-your-typical-zombie category, but I still really enjoyed it.
In a Post-Apocalyptic New York City
I LOVE New York City so I love when books are set there, especially books that are post-apocalyptic or sometime in the future, because I love that feeling when the characters and I realize just where they are. The characters, of course, don’t really know it as it is in our current time (except for that awesome ending in Planet of the Apes!), but I do, and I love comparing the way New York is now to how it has drastically changed in the book’s world. I love seeing any real place in this way, but since I love NYC so much, I really enjoy seeing it in books like this.
So it’s very cool to see NYC in Enclave, where humans have been forced underground after some sort of apocalypse. The people in Deuce’s underground enclave only make it to around age 25, and most of them have never been “topside,” since it’s supposed to be uninhabitable up there. So they’re basically just trying to survive down in the New York City subway system. But they also have to deal with Freaks, who are the not-your-typical zombies, and they’re getting smarter.
A Very Clever Story
I just really enjoyed this take on zombies, and this take on a post-apocalyptic New York. I thought it was interesting to see how these people lived in the enclave, their rules and customs, and to see how different life was for them. But I enjoyed that I really didn’t know where this book was going. I saw a few things coming a bit before they happened, but it didn’t bother me. For the most part, I enjoyed just reading this story and seeing what happened and where the characters would go. It was creepy and interesting and entertaining. I definitely can’t wait to read the rest of the series!