Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Category: YA
Warnings: Violence
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Enclave (Razorland, #1)

In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into 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 and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.
Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first Deuce thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.

I had gotten Enclave nearly a month ago, and I was very excited to start reading it, expecting it to live up to the hype some reviewers were setting it to.

How horribly disappointed I was.

First of all, Deuce is in no way a relatable character. I tried to feel sorry for her or to even empathize with her situation, but I couldn’t. She’s a Mary-Sue: the best huntress, best night vision, manages to escape everything and everyone, has two guys after her, and pretty much everyone loves her by this point. I couldn’t stand it. And Fade is not real, as a character. His personality varies too much from the beginning of the book and the end.

The relationship between Fade and Deuce unravels incredibly and unrealistically fast. This is coming from a fellow author, which much less experience than Ann Aguirre. This is not the way to intertwine two characters, by throwing them haphazardly into a situation and expect them to automatically become an “omg i lov u so much'” type of thing. Just no. The worst part, I believe, was the introduction of Stalker, the gang member, into Fade and Deuce’s relationship. I’m not going to spoil it, but it makes no sense whatsoever.

The world was not realistic. Animals need sunlight to survive, therefore animals in the enclave would’ve died out, except for maybe roaches. If humanity had ended, how could they have clean water? There are just too many holes in this plot and none of them were sown together throughout the story.

I feel like I should add that they have extremely stupid names for characters. Stone? Thimble? Fade? Stalker? Just what even. Get real.

The story, in general, makes no sense, has very unrealistic characters and circumstances, and I just—no. I did not like. Overall, I see this book as a dystopian Twilight. Enough said.

If you read this book, leave your thoughts down below. If you haven’t, I don’t recommend it.

Love, –M.

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