Enclave by Ann Aguirre looks at a post-apocalyptic world through the eyes of a young girl who only received her name on her fifteenth birthday, the same day she received the scars to signify her new job as a huntress. Duece lives in an underground settlement where the life expectancy is so short, their oldest leaders are in their twenties. While out on patrol, this huntress fights off increasingly aggressive freaks – mutants who eat the dead. She’s partnered with Fade, an outcast hunter who wasn’t born in their settlement, and he her opens her eyes to how messed up their group has deteriorated.
The world building is stellar and the story unfolds with a cinematic view. It’s a fast paced, dark read. Duece’s first person narrative brings the reader deep inside as she processes her changing worldview. She’s a fierce survivor, trained to fight since she was a brat, and is a perfect character to take on this gritty world. There is even a bit of a romantic triangle at the end of the book – although romance isn’t the main theme here.
The beginning of the book drew me immediately in. Normally I steer clear of anything that hints of zombies, but here it worked. I’m a little disappointed that they left the underground world behind so quickly, but I’m anxious to see where this story will travel in the sequel.