Saturday, June 25, 2011

Vacation Books

Every summer my extended family takes a week long vacation together at a cabin without television or internet.

This means there are lots of games played (this year it is 3-D Blokus and Settlers of Catan) and lots of books being read.

Every summer there is at least one book that we all pass around to each other. Or to be more accurate, steal from each other.

If the person reading it puts it down and goes into town…grab it and get some time in on it.

Watch people’s progress so you know when they are getting close to finishing and then swoop in on it before anyone else has a chance.

This summer that book has turned out to be Enclave by Ann Aguirre.

The first thing to know about this book is right across the top of the cover is a quote from Publishers Weekly “For fans of The Hunger Games”.

That is what each reader in my family does when the finish it. Talk about how it is different or similar to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

They are both dark books set in a future dystopia where children are taught to kill. And they both have strong female main characters.

For me that is where the similarities end. The Hunger Games while a slower read, created a much more vivid and fully realized world.

Enclave is set in an apocalyptic future earth after a chemical or biological catastrophe. Deuce is a Huntress who has lived her whole life in a small tribe like society underground, never going to the surface because it is said to be deadly.

As a Huntress, Deuce’s job is to scour through the maze of tunnels trapping and hunting for food for her people. However, she also needs to defend herself and her enclave from the zombiesque Freaks that are hunting humans.

This books I packed full of action, blood and gore. Deuce, armed with a pair of knives and a long club can rip apart waves of attacking Freaks.

Needless to say the book moves quickly. It really picks up when Deuce begins to suspect that the elders of her tribe are dishonest and scheming.

My only complaint about Enclave are my unanswered questions about the history of the Enclave. How did it come into existence after the apocalypse? How did they learn to be such amazing fighters?

It looks like Enclave is the first of a series. So I have future books to look forward to and hopefully they will provide my answers.

Have you read both The Hunger Games and Enclave? What do you think?

Nate - Snohomish Library Reference

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