Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre
In a Freak(zombie)-filled post-apocalyptic world, Deuce comes of age in her underground civilization and must team up with outsider Fade when her Enclave exiles her.
I was born during the second holocaust. People had told us legends of a time when human beings lived longer. I thought they were just stories.
I’ve taken a break from YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories, but I happened to see this one again the other day and figured it’s been long enough since my last foray into the genre that I’d give it a whirl.
What I liked: An underground society… zombies… I really liked the enclave aspect and exploring what it’d be like to live underground. The world-building in this first part was really neat, and reminded me a bit of The City of Ember, which I’ve always really liked.
What I didn’t like: Love triangles annoy me, and this one shouldn’t have even been an issue, considering the ‘third wheel’ was kind of a creep. Also, the second half becomes more violent and it ends on a cliffhanger, which I’m not really fond of either.
Heads up: Violence, gore, rape, and other things with the potential make your skin crawl
Overall: Not for the squeamish, but a good read for those still interested in YA dystopian/paranormal stories
UnSouled (Unwind #3) by Neal Shusterman
Pub: Oct 15, 2013
Connor, Risa, and Lev–the most notorious teens-on-the-run–hunt down a woman whose science made unwinding possible and who may have the answer to its undoing.
“They signed it. The Heartland War is over.”
There’s so many things to love about this series: the crazy-complex world-building in a society where everything’s gone completely amok, the complicated characters who are each so distinctive and authentic, and the tough questions it raises about people and their worth. Though his Skinjacker Trilogy still tops my personal favorites list, the Unwind Dystology is definitely worth a place on your shelf.
That being said, I’d have to say this is the weakest of the series thus far. It suffers from the typical second-book-in-a-series symptoms, despite it actually being the third. Basically, there’s a lot of back story, a lot of characters wondering how to fix things and plotting and having their best-laid plans twarted, but not a whole lot that’s actually fresh. It’s a setup for the final book in the series, and if you weren’t one of us hard-core Shusterman fans who ran out to get the book right away, I’d have to say my advice to you would be to hold off until the fourth is published (sometime in 2014) and read them both together, because really, this read like the first half of a much larger book.