Enclave ~ Anne Aguirre
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Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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.