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By Ann Aguirre
Okay, so Ann Aguirre’s YA debut isn’t Steampunk, but there’s a lot for steampunkers to love in this book–even if you don’t usually like zombies, dystopian, or even YA.
In some distant (or not so distant) future Deuce’s world is an underground labyrinth of tunnels and a series of strict rules in a society where the death rate is so high children aren’t even named until they are fifteen. Deuce is a huntress, her job it to brave the tunnels outside the enclave and avoid the monsters known as “Freaks” to bring back meat for the group. She’s assigned a partner, Fade, who’s different from the other members in the enclave and entertains notions considered “dangerous” by Deuce–such as perhaps those in charge of the enclave are lying. When the previously-thought-to-be-mindless Freaks develop intelligence, the elders ignore Fade and Deuce’s warning. When the two of them are exiled, the only place left for them to go is topside.
I love Deuce, because she’s a very smart, level-headed, practical heroine (and she’s badass, but out of necessity, because as a huntress, that’s her job). Even though this book is YA, because of Deuce’s maturity and all the action, I think this book might appeal to those who might not usually pick up a YA, even if you’re not a dystopian/post-apocalyptic fan.
The world building is fantastic and well thought out. I loved reading about the culture and customs developed by Deuce’s tunnel-dwelling society. Unlike many stories in this genre, ENCLAVE isn’t depressing, but hopeful. However, it is gritty — survival is life in Deuce’s world and they fight for it daily. There’s a ton of action including some great (though gruesome) fight scenes against the Freaks (zombies, but they’re not described in the usual way, so if you usually avoid zombie books, you might give this one a try anyway.) When she and Fade go topside I love how they react to what’s left of our world and I thought their reactions and thoughts to things we take for granted but they may have never seen or even heard about was fantastic.
Overall, this was a face paced, well written book with great characters and some terrific dialogue. I read this in two sittings and was completely sucked into the world Aguirre created (and usually I avoid books with Zombies.)
So, what’s your favorite dystopian/post-apocalyptic book?
I have a previously read ARC to give away to one lucky commenter. It’s been read by more than me, but it is an ARC, with the CD in the back AND it’s SIGNED. All you have to do is comment below. Open internationally. Contest closes September 10th, 2011 at 11:59 PST.
Suzanne Lazear writes steampunk tales for teens. Her debut novel, Innocent Darkness, book one of The Aether Chronicles, releases August 2012 from Flux.