Enclave by Ann Aguirre #1

Hardcover, 259 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends 
(first published April 11th 2011)
ISBN: 0312650086 (ISBN13: 9780312650087)
Rating: 4 Stars 

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.

“There were different kinds of strength. I knew that now. It didn’t always come from a knife or a willingness to fight. Sometimes it came from endurance, where the well ran deep and quiet. Sometimes it came from compassion and forgiveness.”
Omg. I finished this book in one day and dude…I was amazed. Beware: there are spoilers in this rant

In the beginning it felt like she was alone, even among her friends and when she was paired with Fade…it was like the whole one and the same thing going on. It was nice. And later when she saved Stone-I was amazed by how easily they..I don’t know. Gave her up? Betrayed her? Forgot the history they had with her? I was disappointed in them none the less. 

“I never belonged anywhere until I met you.”
Fade and her were just that: Fade and Deuce. They were unstoppable and were two halves of a whole. But, I’m not sure if what they had was love. Yah know? It was more like a partnership.
When he sorta declared his feelings for her and she didn’t really know how to respond…he walked away. She said she felt that she was disappointing him.
Then they met Stalker. Well not really met..more that captured and then welll…..
“He was the heat of a fire and the sweetness of the moon I’d only just met.”
This is where my emotions get torn in half. Team Stalker or Team Fade? I just don’t know.
Dove. How cute of a nickname is that? And the reason he gives??? Oh, yes. (:
She teaches him how to read. He teaches her more ways to fight.
…..then he says he loves her because they are both hunters. I do not like that reason.
Just go away.
I have no idea anymore…..
 “A curve of silver hung amid the brighter specks; it looked to me like a curved dagger, pretty but deadly, as if it might slice the sky in two.” 

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