Enclave, by Ann Aguirre!

So I just finished reading Enclave by Ann Aguirre. I have SO many books to read all sprawled over my coffee table and I was so excited to read this one! It's been on my TBR list for awhile now.

Goodreads Summary:
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 she 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

Well. To be completely honest.. I wasn't all that impressed with this book. The idea was fantastic, but there was just SO much going on in this one, and in 250 or so pages, I felt it was rushed. That style of writing sure keeps you going, but i felt it lacked quality. It was written well and flowed nicely but there just wasn't enough in my opinion. Nothing really gripped me to the story, and I felt like we only got a glimpse of what the characters were like. It just kind of fell short. But that's just my opinion! I was happy I finally got to read it for myself.
2/5 :)


  • Lan | October 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    I won this book in a blogger comp and am waiting for it to arrive. Have been semi looking forward to reading it but have heard mixed reviews so I'm not sure how much I really will like it. I think all books written in first person present tense is great at gripping you because it seems urgent but when the quality is off it's very disappointing.

  • Trish | October 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    oh no! only a 2/5?
    this is on my TBR pile. Maybe I'll move it down a tad...

  • .alana. | October 20, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    you guys still have to read it! Just because I didnt like it doesnt mean youll feel the same. What if you read it and its one of your favourite books ever!? id feel horrible if I held you back from that :) Happy Reading!
    and for the record, ill read Outpost when it comes out next year still!

  • Catriona | October 21, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    Hmm only 2/5? I saw a recommendation for this a little while ago and put it on my TBR list. It does sound like an interesting concept, but it's a shame you didn't enjoy it!