“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.” 


New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks–who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.

Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world–facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

Personal Experiences

Dystopian books, for some reason, always draw me in. And Sci-fi books don’t normally appeal to me. Little did I know that Dystopian is a sub-genre of Science Fiction. God, I feel so stupid. Anyway, Enclave is a Dystopian book similar in some ways to Reboot and Divergent. The cover of the book I read had this quote from Publishers Weekly that said, “for fans of The Hunger Games“. Now, I don’t know about you, but I personally think Divergent and Hunger Games are on two sides of the same spectrum. But whatever.
I really liked Enclave because it had a bit of both worlds: underground and aboveground. The main character is born belowground but eventually comes aboveground. I like the way Aguirre captured the essence of both worlds. This book also mentions “blind faith” and how you should believe what you know is true, rather than what everyone else is believing. I can’t wait to the read the second book!


“I never belonged anywhere until I met you.” 

“I have your back. I didn’t mean only when it’s easy. All the time.” 

“A good huntress respected her partners instincts, even if he was socially ignorant.” 

“He’d said the sun could burn me. It certainly looked angry enough, all orange and glowing mad.” 

Where to read Enclave

Indie Bound*

Read Online

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here. If you have an Android phone, you can check out an app called Lithium which is a similar EPUB reader.

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Happy Reading . . .

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre," in {sereneharoon.com}, October 28, 2017, http://sereneharoon.com/2017/10/enclave-razorland-1-by-ann-aguirre/.

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