Apr 21, 2011

{Review} Enclave by Ann Aguirre

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Adventure/Romance
THEME: Dystopian
AUTHOR: Ann Aguirre
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends

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.

I have to say I haven’t read the Hunger Games series…Yes I know your probably shocked but I just don’t have the pull to read it for some reason. I heard that fans of that series would love this book. I’ve been excited to read Enclave by Ann Aguirre because I love her series Sirantha Jax and Corine Solomon. I really enjoyed this book, the characters, storyline and the way the world was portrayed was fascinating. I did have one major problem that Ill gets to in the review.

This is my first entry into the dystopian craze of books that’s going around and I’m happy to say it was a thrilling adventure.  That was a major reason on what I loved about this story, the world Aguirre created was dark, gritty and if I lived there it would scare the freckles off me. It’s all told from the POV of Deuce, a young girl who is chosen to be a Huntress for her community. Her job is to hunt and protect the small group of people living underground. New York is in shambles from a war and plague and very few people are left.

Deuce was defiantly my favorite character; she was strong, passionate and never ever would not be there for a friend.  Even though there are rules that she must abide by, her heart and what she feels is right she always chooses and it is something I appraise her for.  She even shows friendship to the only outsider in the group Fade. Who is a whole bundle of awesomeness himself. He is a male character that’s high on my list of intrigue. I undertsand him and I don’t…and I love it. He’s mysterious and brave, making him a great lead in this book.

There is a splash of romance but it doesn’t play a major part, usually that would make me a bit sad but I didn’t mind it at all.  I have a feeling that Aguirre is build a love triangle in there somewhere and I’m probably going to be iffy on that. I feel there are so many YA’s that have love triangles that it’s tiresome, so here is hoping that it doesn’t happen. The friendships were great; I liked the characters at the beginning that were introduced and the ones that were brought in later. I felt it brought a little something to the story having such a spirited bunch of people with different personalities together.

What I didn’t like… the ending… I don’t want to spoil anything but I seriously thought I was missing pages out of my book. I was not a happy camper. Again this is only my opinion and I know many people loved the ending. It just ruined the flow of the book for me. But I’m done with the rant; I can’t wait to see what’s next for the gang in book #2 for Razorland.

Overall Aguirre is one hell of a writer and really knows how to make such fascinating worlds in each of her series. This is a series that I would recommend to put on your TBR list and be prepared to sit in one spot for a while; it’s an addicting read!

This is a Young Adult book with a bit of violence and creepy creatures. Fans of other dystopian authors such as: Suzanne Collins and Lauren DeStefano should check this out.


  1. Welcome to the world of dystopian! I just started Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It's gonna be an adventure, for sure lol. Enclave is on my TBR list, and I've seen a lot of buzz about it! Lots of people have said they weren't satisfied with the ending, either... EEP!

  2. I haven't read the hunger game series yet either, but i really need to before the film comes out.

    This one is definitely on my wish list. Despite reading a few mixed reviews about it.


  3. The ending is frustrated but the story is great, some people like it and some don't. I think everyone should read it and see what they think :)

  4. Great review Kristen! I'm going lay another recommendation for the Hunger Games on you. I was pestered by friends for months and kept promising I would read it. I didn't feel that pull either. I finally did out of pure guilt. After reading, I honestly wished I had read it sooner. It was that good. You should be sucked into (addicted to it) by chapter two. And I don't think I've met anyone who didn't like it.

  5. Oh man.. I guess i really need to get on this series then lol. Thanks for the recommendation Fiction Fool :) Ill have to fit it in my TBR list cause i have so many books right now lol

  6. I know right?? I swear I was almost at the end and then tuesday came and all these books I wanted came out.. I have more coming out Im dying for next week lol.

  7. Glad that you liked the book overall! =) Sorry that the ending was not to your liking. I have this sitting in my TBR pile and I can't wait to read it!

  8. Thanks Bailey for visiting. I hope you enjoy it and maybe youll like the ending lol.

  9. I'm so excited to read this book! I have been saving it to read in OCtober and seeing raving reviews gets me excited! haha :D

  10. I liked Enclave and didn't really have a problem with the ending, but I also haven't read it in awhile, so my memories may be a little iffy. The love triangle in this one/Outpost is definitely a little... I don't even know how to describe it. Atypical.