[Review] Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Publisher: Square Fish (Feiwel and Friends)
Pages: 288 (Paperback)


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.

Oh where do I begin?? I know that this book seems like a rip-off from other dystopia books and I admit that there are a few similar things. However, Enclave is the first dystopia that I truly enjoyed after Divergent! The worldbuilding, though I seriously don’t want to live in a tunnel, fascinated me a lot and it felt so real. Apparently, the author did a lot of researches to write this book and I appreciate that. The plot is fast-paced to my liking, there’s not a single time I was bored of reading it!

Deuce is a likable protagonist who’s tough yet soft at the same time. Every action she makes intrigued me and she always tries to be strong, even when things are difficult. She’s willing to sacrifice and endure the pain for her friends. Fade is a mysterious bad boy type (but not too bad) with difficult past. Okay, so maybe not all of you liked him, but to me, he’s very interesting and strong. Not too forget, he cares a lot about his friends.

The romance is not so prominent in this book, but there is definitely something blooming here. Enclave is written in Deuce’s POV. I enjoyed the writing very much and the actions are well-depicted. I also loved when Deuce is being curious about new objects or words she spots and I thought Ann Aguirre gave the right amount of descriptions.

Fast-paced and action-packed plot combined with strong characters and a hint of romance, Enclave was an amazing book that left me wanting to read Outpost really soon!!


“My body was a machine, plain and simple. I worked it to stay strong; I fed it to keep it running.” – page 39

“A Huntress didn’t crack under pressure. She might bend, but she could handle anything.” – page 67

“He touched my cheek very lightly. “I have your back. I didn’t mean only when it’s easy. All the time.” – page 76

“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.” – page 244


5 Chocolate Cakes!

4 thoughts on “[Review] Enclave by Ann Aguirre”

    1. You should if it interests you! I was also a little hesitant to pick it up at first, but now I’m glad I did!
      Thanks so much for following! I hope you enjoy my blog 🙂

    1. Well, thanks, Alise! Yeah, Deuce is one tough girl! You’ll probably like it! And the book’s not too thick so maybe somethings are a bit too fast, but I still loved it anyway 🙂

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