Book Review: “Enclave”

“Enclave (Razorland #1)” by Ann Aguirre

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Other Razorland Books

GoodreadsSource: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


  • Apparently I have no memory because I forgot this was a zombie book until I started reading it.
  • The zombies were….interesting. I liked the idea that they weren’t all slow and mindless. Some were smart and really fast. That’s kind of terrifying. I’d hate to face monsters like that and never know exactly what to expect.
  • I don’t know if I’d call the story predictable but I wouldn’t say it was new and different either. It kind of left me wanting something a bit more exciting.
  • I was glad that the romance wasn’t as prominent as the summary made it seem. Deuce never swooned over Fade. Her world didn’t revolve around him. She just enjoyed his company and the way it made her feel.
  • As usual there’s not enough background for me. We discover small pockets of people underground and above ground. All of them are drastically different though.
  • Of course when answers are finally being given, the author leaves us on a cliffhanger.

The bottom line? I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would.

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