Book Report: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

What You Need to Know:

Published as part of the escalating distopic YA trend, Enclave hit shelves and e-readers in April 2011.  Before you ask, yes, it is another trilogy.

  Aguirre has previously been known for her science fiction and fantasy literature (including some romance novels).  Outpost, the follow-up to Enclave is scheduled for a fall 2012 release.

Overall:

I don’t hate it, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll be running for my copy of Outpost the way that I pre-ordered Mockingjay (and then read all weekend without leaving my apartment or socializing with the world at large).  Like all trends, YA distopia has hit the economical masses and quality has suffered.

Let’s put it this way: Francine Pascal is always listed as the author of Sweet Valley High and you’d never know which ghostwriter was which.  The writing doesn’t have a distinct style and there’s a lot of work that seems to have been skipped over, but damn is it fun to read.

‘From this day forward, you will be called Deuce.’ Location 89*

Let’s just get this out of the way – naming a protagonist Deuce is rarely a good idea. The first note in my copy of Enclave follows this line from the naming ceremony: already felt cheesy but Deuce makes me laugh. Is that really the reaction you want from a reader of dystopian thrillers?   Continue reading