Enclave is dark and thrilling, fast-paced and intense. With some graphic and gross imagery and a hard look at a post-apocalyptic world, Aguirre has taken themes from Scott Westerfeld and an assortment of zombie literature and created something that is very much her own — and a very engaging read.
Deuce has lived underground her whole life. She is determined to become a huntress, and to protect her enclave from the freaks who roam the tunnels. She is dismayed to find she’s to be partnered with Fade. Born an outsider, he came to the enclave a brat and had to be civilized. He is still considered untrustworthy by many, but Deuce decides to make the best of it.
When the freaks attack a nearby enclave Deuce and Fade are sent to investigate. But instead, Deuce learns more about just what the elders haven’t been telling her. When disaster strikes, Deuce and Fade are exiled and sent Topside. Can Deuce and Fade survive the gang-filled cities and the long journey north that will lead them to potential safety? Or have the freaks really taken over? (FEIWEL AND FRIENDS, Apr., 272 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780312650087, HC, 12 & Up)