Book Review: Outpost & Horde (The Razorland Series) by Ann Aguirre

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Book Review: Outpost & Horde (The Razorland Series) by Ann AguirreOutpost by Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland #2
Published by Macmillan on September 4th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Monsters, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult Fiction, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780312650094
Reading Challenges: The Backlist Reader Challenge
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Deuce's whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she's a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn't fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven't changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They're watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don't intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.

It’s been awhile since I read the first novel in Ann Aguirre’s Razorland trilogy, Enclave. However, it didn’t take long for me to get back into this series. The second novel, Outpost, reveals how life has changed for Deuce, Fade, and Stalker since they were taken into the town Salvation. A town at peace, most of the women cater to their men and are housewives. Here, the people believe that man’s sinful ways is what led to the creation of the Freaks. Essentially, Deuce does not fit in and finds it difficult to conform to Salvation’s ways.

I really enjoyed seeing Deuce as a fish out of the water. She’s been so adept at living in this new world, that this change made the story interesting. Not only that, but it allowed Deuce to grow into the person she needed to become if she was to ever build a life in this new world above ground. The story was a bit slow for me at first, but I think it’s because it took a little while for me to remember what happened in the previous book. Once I did, the pace seemed to quicken. Especially once the outpost of which the book is named began to be a major story focal point.

What I really loved about this book was seeing how Deuce handled the misogynistic attitudes of the people of Salvation. I found it very telling that when the Apocalypse came, women were the first to lose their rights. I also loved that Aguirre didn’t drag out the love triangle between Deuce, Fade, and Stalker. I wanted Deuce and Fade together from the very beginning, and would have been upset if this aspect of the storyline got unnecessarily dragged out. Overall, this was a very fun, action-packed book that kept me on the edge of my seat. So much so, that I didn’t want to put it down. It definitely made it easier for me to pick up Horde almost immediately after completing this novel.

Book Review: Outpost & Horde (The Razorland Series) by Ann AguirreHorde by Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland #3
Published by Macmillan on October 29th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult Fiction, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 422
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9781250024633
Reading Challenges: The Backlist Reader Challenge
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The epic conclusion to Ann Aguirre's USA Today bestselling trilogy. The horde is coming.

Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love.

Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn't been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.

This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.

Horde was the perfect conclusion to this series. I found everyone ended up like they deserved (or at least as I expected). The growth of the characters over the last two books was evident in every choice they made, and so I was completely happy for the different turns that the story took. While I really enjoyed this one, I still think the previous two books were better. Overall the story wrapped up nicely, but I felt the story dragged in a few places causing me to lose the momentum the previous book created. The beginning of this novel and the end were stellar, but I kind of thought the book could have cut some of the middle out to keep up the action. This would have made the book harder for me to put down, and feel more urgency in their situation. As this is the finale, that’s pretty much all I’ll say on this.

About Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Doctor Who. She writes all kind of fiction in multiple genres, both YA and for adults.


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