Sunday, October 9, 2011
"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.
Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known."
I was pleasantly suprised by this book. Yes, it sounded interesting but often you can't judge a book by it's description. I was captivated by Deuce and the world she lived it so much that I devoured this book in one sitting. Out of all the dystopian novels I've read this has got to be in my top three. I give this book 4/5 stars. I try not to compare books by huge blockbusters, in this case The Hunger Games but since they put on the cover "For fans of The Hunger Games" I had to. And although I fell deeply in love with this book, and the characters it just wasn't at the level of the Hunger Games which is why it got 4/5 instead of 5/5 stars. However, I might be biting my words as the series goes on, only time will tell.
MY RATING: ★★★★
*Picture and description from Goodreads.com