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Oct 04, 2020

This book is a great choice for people who like fiction mixed with a little bit of fantasy. I personally liked this book because of the author’s (Ann Aguirre) writing style and vocabulary. Enclave is set in a post apocalyptic world in which gruesome monsters plague the earth. Deuce, the main character lives in a subway system beneath a big city (it never actually specified which city). The story is about how Deuce survives underground. There are actually two more books in the trilogy that I also recommend reading. To conclude, this book is a great, well written, and enthralling book to read.

May 07, 2020

Love it!!! ♥️♥️♥️ Every nice story line.

Aug 24, 2018

THIs was better than I expected it to be. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

DBRL_KrisA Mar 18, 2017

This is well-written post-apocalyptic fiction. The first part of the story takes place in an underground settlement. The residents are divided into three categories: breeders, builders, and hunters. The hunters scavenge for food and protect the settlement from predators; the builders provide everything the settlement needs, from weapons to medicines to clothing; and the breeders provide... the next generation of citizens. If you don't provide something to the community - if you're too old, or too weak, or handicapped in some way - you're a drain on the settlement, and you're banished to the tunnels outside its barricades (where you won't last long, since you'll be attacked by the Freaks).
Deuce, the narrator, is a newly initiated Hunter who has a hard time following orders. To teach her a lesson, the Elders accuse her friend of hoarding; Deuce takes the blame instead, and is banished, along with her hunting partner, Fade. Instead of fighting the Freaks, they decide to take their chances above-ground, in the ruined city of New York. Most of the remainder of the book covers their adventures in New York and their journey out of the city in search of a safe place to live.
I enjoyed the descriptions of each of the "worlds". The author obviously spent a great deal of time researching and thinking about how an apocalyptic event would affect not only the city above, but also the subway tunnels and other underground spaces. (She discusses some of that process in a note at the end of the book.) She also did a good job showing how the collapse of modern society would affect the people that survived - from Deuce's enclave, to the gangs in above-ground New York, to others they meet outside the city.
The story reminded me a bit of Cormac McCarthy's The Road , but is not quite to the level of that book. McCarthy does a better job of showing the emotional and psychological strain caused by the constant struggle for survival - from searching for food and water, to defending against attacks by wildlings and poachers, down to even wondering if things will ever improve. But this is a very good teen-level book.

Oct 25, 2015

Excellent read!

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Sep 21, 2015

Interesting and intriguing, this book series is a must read to those who love mystery, romance and thrilling action packed novels. Ann Aguirre did a fascinating job at viewing the world with a new eye after a city is worn down from a deadly virus that effected many. The characters are well established and the story is addicting, always urging the reader to flip to the next page. <3

Jun 01, 2015

Loved the whole series!! Just kept getting better and better and had the best ending that I have read in a log time. Felt so complete!!

Oct 20, 2014

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Sep 30, 2014

A fast moving, intriguing book that kept me on the edge of my seat! Highly recommend!

ChristchurchLib Mar 04, 2014

"In the aftermath of war and plague, most of New York City's survivors have moved underground, establishing enclaves where they eke out an existence and hide from zombie-like Freaks. After 15-year-old Deuce, an enclave-dweller, earns the rank of Huntress, she is paired with a mysterious outsider named Fade... and the two of them discover a secret that could destroy their precarious society. While there are hints of deeper feelings between Deuce and Fade, this violent, gritty, and suspenseful series-starter will appeal most to those who like the world-building and pulse-pounding action of the Divergent or Hunger Games trilogies." Teen Scene March 2014 newsletter

Feb 14, 2014

I really enjoyed this series, it got better as it got further into it, right up to the End. 5 Stars

Feb 10, 2014

Great read - interesting story and it doesn't get bogged down in the love story.

Dec 06, 2013

I thought the world building in this was amazing. The questions asked about what makes us human, and what is unforgivable were very thought provoking. That being said (SLIGHTISH SPOILERS AHEAD), the way rape and rape culture was dealt with especially in the above questions were…almost unforgiveable. While I applaud Aguirre for trying to question how much Stalker was at fault, his transgressions were too easily forgiven, and more appallingly, Deuce originally sees the victim at fault. The way women are dealt with outside of Deuce in the last two cultures we encounter are….horrifying and frustrating respectively. (END SLIGHTISH SPOILERS)

I enjoyed the books, particularly for the outstanding world building, but the action and adventure aspects were excellent as well. If my above statements about women sound like you wouldn’t be able to get beyond these scenarios, then this series is not one for you.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

This book is long on action, but short on heart. While reading I felt like I didn't really know who Deuce and Fade were, and that made the action sequences oddly listless -- "Ho-hum. Zombies attacking someone I don't care about." The twists the story took detracted from its potential impact as well -- in the underground Enclave, everything has a claustrophobic kind of intensity. Once Deuce and Fade leave, the story becomes much more spread out and diffuse and looses its punch. Maybe if they had left the enclave at the very end of the story instead of the middle, the pacing would have worked out better.

Sofiavo Aug 29, 2013

awesome book, but i thought they would begin the book with a little of how their lives had been before the naming day, or whatever it is. I agree that it was kinda rushed in the beginning.

May 31, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Agree with some of the others that the transition to "topside" was to quick, but overall, I fell in love with the characters, and enjoy how they remain true to themselves while still allowing room for emotional growth. I truly enjoyed reading about a strong female lead character (Deuce) whose character was not overwhelmed by a romance. Looking forward to reading more in the series.

Apr 18, 2013

This book was WAY rushed. From the setting switch to the events that unfolded, it seemed like a breeze. I did like the characters but not the connections between them. I thought that this novel wasn't the best and I was being very nice to give it 3 stars. Quick read.

Nov 21, 2012

I’m not sure if I’m just getting burned out on dystopia, but this book didn’t grab me. It was okay, not great but not bad either. For me it felt as if the plot was a bit less complex than a book like Divergent.

Sep 07, 2012

There was enough of a good plot to keep me reading but I do agree with many of the other reviewers that the change from underground to topside was too quick. Plus I found the sudden emergence of Freaks topside when none had ever been seen before unbelievable when further north they are rampant. I will read the sequel and I will recommend this book.

Aug 22, 2012

I really liked it an i thought part one was amazing. i was hooked. then i got to part two and i thought everything was kind of drab, and what was with fade and tegan!!!!?
i hated the end but i am SUPER stoked for the sequel, outpost

Aug 15, 2012

This was a great book for a lazy summer day. I finished it in one day. I liked the characters. Familiar feel to Hunger Games, which is something I like, but it wasn't too much like it. Story line keeps you reading and interested and wanting to find out what happens. I was very surprised to see the book change pace at Part Two and go from the enclave to topside. It felt very abrupt. For all the criticism of its plot lines, it was still enjoyable to read.

Jun 01, 2012

I thought the story was good, interesting concept that I hadn't yet seen... though it was kind of... twisty. I didn't see a lot of the plot twists coming and the way the characters formed... but it was interesting, and i enjoyed it overall. :D

Apr 11, 2012

loved it alot. the book had me hooked and man could i not love this book. deuce and fade were perfect. even stalker and teagan were characters i saw in others. each word blended a new world and new ideas. can't wait for the next book even more adventures. Ann is one storyteller i loved and man could this get any better.
even the end of the world can bring hope to those who are living.

Mar 11, 2012

Alright. Well, for starters, the whole tunnel system idea was interesting to me. But then at some parts it got really confusing as to how things worked in that world. And even though this is only the first book of the series, it seems like the author left out a lot of details that just made me confused and I couldn't fully imagine this world that she'd written. I felt like she was also throwing random bits of twists in the plot - like Stalker, and how he just randomly decided to be nice. I mean, I understand it's about survival, but I found it all just added to my confusion. I was left at the end with a "That's it?!" sort of state of mind when the book ended. Strangely enough, I still felt the need to read more and didn't DISLIKE it at all. I just found parts of it thoroughly confusing and coming up empty and short. Because it was interesting enough for me to want to read the next book, I hope it will better. And of course the bigger reason to want to read the next one would be because I hope more of this new world would be explained and any missing details would be filled too.

Mar 08, 2012

Yes, Enclave by Ann Aguirre is another YA plague induced, dystopian, rather gloomy, slathering zombie story set both in the underground subway tunnels and the ruins of New York City. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. There is lots of zombie action and fighting by a strong ass-kicking heroine and her mysterious partner, and the author also took the time to develop an interesting world with an intriguing backdrop. Any gamers reading this book would be hard pressed not to see similarities between this story and the game of “Fallout”.

This is the first book in a trilogy, and although it really doesn’t offer anything new in the zombie genre, it’s a fun read with full-on action, good writing and yes, slathering zombies. I read this book in one big gulp and it won’t be long before I am looking for my next fix in this series.

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