Series: Razorland, #1
Published by Macmillan on 2011-04-12
Length: 259 pages
Reviewing eBook from TN R.E.A.D.S.
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.
OMG!!!! I don’t know why I haven’t read this book before now, but OMG!!! I LOVED IT!!! I can honestly say I don’t understand why there’s so many mixed reviews of this book. It’s a unique twist on the young adult dystopian and I cannot wait to read more of this series.
Deuce – horrible name by the way for a girl – has grown up underground in the subway tunnels of NYC. She’s never been above ground and why would she? The tunnels are full of what she calls Freaks (known to the reader as zombies) and the stories of above ground will turn your insides out. Trained to be a hunter, Deuce and her partner Fade are sent to investigate claims that the Freaks have overtaken another enclave. What they find though is that the Freaks are smarter and hunting in a way they never have. Their leaders don’t believe them and send them Topside which to Deuce means death. What she finds though is a new way of living and the strangeness of falling in love.
So I liked Deuce. She is tough, but naive as most are in her enclave. She trusts her elders blindly, until they turn on her. Then she doesn’t know how to trust or even how to love Fade. Experiencing the horrors of the Freaks and the gangs and all the other dangers that await her is an experience that I loved!
What I liked most about the book is that it doesn’t put a lot of focus on the romantic relationship between Fade and Deuce. Instead it focuses on their survival Topside and the dangers they face. I have a lot of questions about this dystopian world though and I hope that the next books answer them! If you like young adult dystopian and like me haven’t read this series yet, go do it NOW!