Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: April 12, 2012
WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE
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.
Okay, let me be honest, at first I was not connecting with the book. I don't know if I was having an off day,but it just wasn't interesting me. However, I kept on hoping this book would spark my interest. But you know that saying, "Leave the best for last." Well this book did exactly that. I absolutley fell in love with it. *Patting myself on the back for not giving up*
What first intrigued with this book, was the living style. Uderground, below the city. Something that I would hope never to turn to. But you got to do, what you got to do. However, I kept thinking of one word, trapped. The second this that really caught my interest was what they would call the "freaks." How they lived, and how throughout the book, they bacame aware of their enemy and being to adapt to their livings.
The plot continued to quicken throughout the story and by the end it left me wanting more. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series and what it could bring for the three travelers. Filled with action, adventure, betrayal, all readers should come check out this book. Ms. Augirre is an author of talented words.
I give this book 4 souls!