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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.
Publisher: New York :, Feiwel and Friends,, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312650087
Branch Call Number: Y SCF AGUI
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 22 cm


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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

book 1

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

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Aug 09, 2015

After some sort of apocalypse,15 year old Deuce earns her name, most people don't live till past 25. Earning six marks on her arms and is now known as a huntress, protecting and feeding her underground enclave from the dangerous FREAKS. Deuce is partners with an outsider named Fade, one of the top hunters in the enclave who claims to be from topside. The FREAKS take over the nearest enclave and are smarter then ever. Deuce and Fade try to warn the elders but they wont listen and soon Deuce and Fade are kicked out of the enclave and must find safety in the world above. Will the elders realise the mistake or is it too late? Will Deuce and Fade survive or will they be taken by the dangers above?

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Fifteen-year-old Deuce has just been named, marked with three scars on each arm and become a Huntress -- charged with feeding her tribe and protecting them from the carnivorous Freaks. In Deuce's world, everyone lives underground, and few people live past twenty-five. Deuce is assigned to partner with Fade, an enigmatic Hunter who claims to have come from Topside, and together they discover that the Freaks may be more of a threat than anybody realized. But will the enclave's elders listen to them before it's too late?

OliviaSh May 12, 2011

In Deuce's world, an enclave deep underground, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed "brat" has trained to join one of three groups--Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear--to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave an dbring back meat to feed the group while evading the ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She's worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing's going to stop her, not even a brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce's troubles are just beginning.

Fade doesn't like following orders. Deuce has never known a boy like him before, someone as likely to touch her gently as use his knives with feral grace.

As Deuce's perception shifts, so does the balance in the battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat due to their sheer numbers, now show signs of cunning and even strategy... but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. No matter how hard she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she's ever known.

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Jun 15, 2012

Violence: Nothing too descriptive, but still there.


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Dec 08, 2011

"Keep the fire burning"

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