Jen's Mini Review: Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Title: Outpost (Razorland #2)
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publication: September 4, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Pages: Hardcover, 320 pages
Reviewed by: Jen D.
Reason for Reading: Because book 1 was amazeballs!

Now living topside in a community called Salvation, she has a whole new set of problems. Down below, she was considered an adult, and she contributed to the enclave. Now, above ground, she's viewed as a brat in need of training by the people of Salvation. She doesn't fit in with the other girls:  She hates cooking, sewing, and school.  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 pursues a chance to serve in the summer patrols–those responsible for making sure the growers and planters can work the fields without danger of Freak attack. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks are 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 the tide.

Hello lovely readers.  For my next mini review I've decided to go with book two in Ann Aguirre's Razorland Series.  Something tells me you're not surprised by this.  *wink*  So before I begin, I just want to state that I'm going to try my best to keep this mini-review spoiler free.  I am not  fan of spoilers because it takes something away from my reading experience so I definitely don't want to spoil anything for you guys.

Anywhoozle, Outpost picks up where Enclave left off.  Our group arrives at Salvation a little worse for wear.  In the safety provided by Salvation's wooden walls, our characters recoup and try to adjust to a new way of life.  You'd think this would make for a slow start, but Ms. Aguirre does an excellent job of bringing to light Deuce's (and to a certain extent the rest of the group's) struggles dealing with small town life and the roles that are defined for men and women (which are much different than the one's Deuce is used to).  Frustrated with her situation, she seeks out a way to contribute to the town.

Luckily, for her and the town, she earns a spot on the summer patrol and puts her special skill set to excellent use.  Certain events happen while Deuce is out in the field that leads to a domino effect of all hell breaking loose.  Essentially what happens is the first half of the book takes you on an emotional and sometimes painful journey of self-discovery while the second half of the book renders you paralyzed from its intensity.  Ann finishes book two with an interesting twist that has me beside myself with anticipation for book three.  If you haven't picked this series up yet, I highly recommend you do it as soon as possible.  You won't be disappointed!

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