Wednesday, April 18, 2012


by Ann Aguirre

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 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.

In the tradition of kick-butt heroines comes Deuce. While she is no Katniss, Katsa, or Tris, she has something about her-an uncertainty-that makes her very real. She doesn't want to defy the authority that has protected her for so long. She is not happy-per say-with her rigid life in the enclave, but she feels she has achieved a purpose and is satisfied with it. She is the highlight of the book. Her character doesn't feel one dimensional; she feels relatable but confusing at the same time.

There were parts of this book that moved too fast for me. I felt like the author didn't elaborate on some journeys like she did with others, and it made it feel unbalanced. The number of unanswered questions at the end makes me want to read more, but the stop-slow-go of the story frustrated me at times.

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