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Enclave ~ Anne Aguirre

September 23, 2011

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
272 pages
ISBN: 9780312650087
Source: This was a super awesome result of Lenore’s Dystopian August. Thanks so much for the book and the event, Lenore!

I just got off of the phone with my mom, ending a conversation during which I referred to this book as “A Post Apocalyptic Plato’s Cave with Zombies”. She laughed but it’s true. I tell not lies!

The setting is in the dark underworld of College Enclave, a tribe of folks who don’t expect to live to 12, never mind 24. The whole society is based on hunting, building and breeding and there is a serious commitment to the age old bit about “only the strong survive”.

In all of this stark misery, a young teen huntress has just been given her name (Deuce) and is determined not to fall victim to the many perils that await those in her tribe. As she takes on adulthood, sewer rats, zombies and the strict ruling circle of her society, she comes across another hunter named Fade. An outsider and rebel at heart, he’s an unlikely companion for driven and determined Deuce. Like most unlikely pairs, though, there are so many of those beloved little learning experiences waiting to happen.

Together, the two team up to forrage for meat, fight evil and find answers about a society that seems to have nothing but lies to tell.

I know it seems like so many others in setup but there really is a parallel to Plato’s bit about our inability to accept that all we’ve ever known might not be the end all be all in the truth department.

The story is super fast and never drags. It’s a fairly short book but that works to its advantage with no fat to trim from the bones. I feel like sometimes this genre and market are flooded with mediocre toss outs but this just isn’t one. It’s a little campy but it’s just plain old fun, really.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jpetroroy permalink
    September 23, 2011 9:48 pm

    Have heard quite mixed reviews of this. Glad you enjoyed!

  2. September 24, 2011 7:01 pm

    I have really been wanting to read this one, so I am glad to see that it has your seal of approval. It sounds like a really fun read. Nice review!

  3. September 25, 2011 6:09 pm

    I’ve had this on my iPad for a while but I haven’t gotten around to it just yet for some reason. I’m so glad to heary ou enjoyed it, though. I’m really curious about the world building.

  4. September 26, 2011 10:26 pm

    Plato always put me to sleep in college. This sounds MUCH better.

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