by Ann Aguirre
War and a plague have destroyed New York City. Many generations ago, people went underground in order to survive and escape the Freaks (flesh eating monsters). However, the Freaks have been growing down below and the people underground are in trouble. Deuce lives in one of the last safe enclaves. At the beginning of the novel, we meet Deuce as she gets her new name and is given her role as one of the huntresses in her enclave. Unfortunately, Deuce’s hunting partner turns out to be Fade, a guy who came from topside but who has proven to be valuable to the enclave as a hunter. Since he was not born in the enclave, not many people trust Fade. When Deuce first hunts with Fade she learns why. Fade doesn’t like to follow the rules.
Deuce, however, has trained and worked hard all her life to be a huntress and always follows the rules. As Deuce continues to hunt with Fade outside the enclave she soon learns how desperate their situation is. Freaks are everywhere and they are getting smarter. After Deuce and Fade disobey direct orders, they are sentenced to a mission to travel to the nearest enclave. When they arrive and find it decimated and overrun by Freaks, they return with warnings to their leaders. But they are ignored and Deuce begins to see the flaw in her enclave’s leadership. As Deuce begins to challenge authority, her home in the enclave is threatened. When she and Fade are both accused of hoarding (an illegal practice) they are banished to the topside.
Without giving away too much more, the plot of Enclave really starts to unfold as Deuce and Fade go topside. Their fight to survive in the post apocalyptic New York City is a hard one. They encounter Freaks, gangs of savages who call themselves wolves, the sun (which Deuce has never seen before), injury, and finding safe food and water. This is a survival story as much as it is an action and adventure read. Be sure to check out Enclave if you want a fast paced, exciting read!