Enclave, by Ann Aguirre
Deuce has lived her first fifteen years underground in an enclave ruled by “elders” who are only in their twenties. When a “brat” turns fifteen they are given a name and one of three jobs: Breeder, Builder or Hunter. Deuce is excited to become a Huntress. But then she is partnered with Fade, an outsider who claims to come from the surface world. As Hunters, Deuce and Fade search for meat in underground tunnels to feed the enclave and fight off monstrous cannibal Freaks. Unfortunately, the Freaks seem to be getting smarter and prove a greater threat than thought possible, but the elders dismiss their claims and continue with life as usual. When Deuce decides to stand up to the elders, she sets herself on a path away from everything she’s ever known.
Deuce is a sympathetic character – caring, loyal, and brave. Her small enclave has been extremely sheltered and never questioned. Aguirre’s post-apocalyptic world is dark, deadly and mysterious. With creepy, zombie-like Freaks, a dystopian world, dramatic characters, and a bit of romance – it’s a winning combination.
Geared for young adults, this dystopian science fiction novel is fantastically thrilling and suspenseful. First in a new series, fans of the Hunger Games will definitely enjoy. Fast-paced and action-packed, this exciting novel is impossible to put down. With plenty of twists and surprises along the way, the story is completely enthralling and intense. Ending with plenty of questions unanswered, readers will be eagerly awaiting the next installment.