ARC Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Review copy generously provided by Macmillan

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, 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.


Deuce was born in an enclave deep underground, and has been trained to be a Huntress. After her naming ceremony, she is paired with Fade, and older boy who is rumored to have been born topside. When news that a neighboring enclave has been wiped out by Freaks, humanoid mutants that menace the enclave’s borders, Deuce and Fade are sent to investigate. What they find is a slaughter unlike any they’ve ever seen, and questions that could alter their entire existence.
After standing up for a friend that has been framed for hoarding, Deuce and Fade are exiled to Topside, where Deuce will discover strength she never knew she had, and learn to rely on her growing bond with Fade. Once Topside, Deuce learns that not everything the enclave Elders taught was true, and Fade remembers what it was like to live aboveground. Among the gangers and roving bands of mutants, Deuce and Fade must fight for survival…and hope.Enclave is told from Deuce’s first person POV, and she is a tough, pragmatic, and smart heroine. I loved rooting for her as she fought through the many dangers thrown her way. Fade is a strong, quiet hero, and a perfect compliment to Deuce. Ann Aguirre’s descriptions of a burnt-out, ruined America are chilling, and Enclave is a wonderful novel of post apocalyptic survival and the bonds of friendship and love. Among the many recent dystopian releases, Enclave is a standout! Highly recommended!

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  1. Laura (All of Everything)

    Ah this book sounds so awesome, I can't wait to read it–thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Thanks for the chance to win!! LOVE IT!!!

  3. ^.^ I'm glad it was good since it's pretty near the top of my TBR pile.

    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

  4. Thanks for the giveaway – the book sounds nice!

  5. This is on my TBR list. Thanks for the review and the chance at the ARC! :0)

  6. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity!!!<3

  7. Thank you so much for this giveaway, it's exciting and I cannot wait for this book to be out. lol. It's going to be such a fantastic read.

    Oh, and you may have to follow me on twitter to see my tweet, because I have marked all of them to "privacy" setting. Just letting you know in advance, because I'm honest like that. 🙂

  8. I WANT this one SO BAD!

  9. I am sooo looking forward to this one! Ann Aguirre does "gritty" you can feel in your teeth.

  10. AHHH, awesome giveaway! I've been looking forward to this one for so long. I get all jittery just thinking about it 🙂 Thank you so much for this!

  11. Dang, does this sound intense! I can't wait to read this one!

  12. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Oh wonderful review! 🙂 I've been enjoying Ann's books and this one is just one to add to the list to get and love. 🙂 Thank you!

  13. Offbeat Vagabond

    This sounds incredible. After Sophie Littlefield's Aftertime, I really want to read more of the dystopian books since I haven't read many. It sounds great, scary, but great. Thank you for the great review hon, I wish I found it. Thank you for the great giveaway hon 🙂

  14. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Thanks for this awesome opp! I've heard stellar things about this book. 🙂

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