Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dystopia, Science fiction, Zombies
Dates read: 23rd – 24th April 2019
Publisher: Square Fish
5th sentence, 74th page: “We need a place to rest before the last leg of our journey,” I told Fade.
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.
When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been destroyed by Freaks, who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to their warnings and exile Deuce and Fade. As the two are guided out of the dead city by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
I was kind of surprised by how much I loved this story. I remember really enjoying Secret Heart an age ago when I read Kisses and Curses, but then this book just kind of sat on my bookshelf, waiting. It also reminded me of how much I love dystopia books. I read this entire thing cover to cover in a day (if you don’t count the three pages I read before bed the night before). Not only was it an amazing story, but it was also filled with fun characters, gritty challenges and a great commentary about the world around us.
I fell in love with Deuce from a fairly early point in the story. Whilst she is incredibly tough and independent, she is also an innocent. Which becomes more and more obvious as the storyline unfolds. The shattering of her world again and again is a little gut wrenching. As is the fact that every time you think she’s triumphed over something, things come crashing down all over again. It made it almost impossible to put the book down, but it also made it quite an intense emotional roller coaster. After all, I think that I’m a tough and independent woman, but I’m pretty sure that if I was tested all of my naivety would come flooding out…
Although this story is full of so many twists and turns, emotional turmoil and a huge level of confusion as to what’s going to happen next, it does have a happy ending, of sorts. It’s rare that I’m not sure where a story is leading, so I thoroughly enjoyed my confusion over this tale. I also loved the ending. It doesn’t finish off the story in any way, shape or form. But it gave a reprieve from the trials that Deuce and Fade are forced to go through. A point in the overarching story line that gives you a chance to stop and pause. But one that makes you want to continue on with the series.
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