The Apocalypse marches on....today we are at Day 6.
Here are the stops:
Maja@ The Nocturnal Library:Teri Terry: Slated
Christy@ Love of Books:Jesse Peterson: Living with the Dead
Tressa@ Tressa's Wishful Endings: Alexandra Bracken: The Darkest Minds
My Shelf Confessions:Will McIntosh: Love Minus Eighty
The Terror is rising, humanity is
dying off and the Freaks are on the move... what am I talking about? Why Ann Aguirre's amazing dystopian trilogy: Razorland. In Aguirre's books we encounter a frightening future where mankind has been decimated by unknown events. Some humans have survived by living underground in the former mass transportation tunnels. The humans are hunted by flesh eating monsters known as Freaks. Our heroine, Deuce, at fifteen years old is a skilled Huntress. With her killing skills and trusted partner Fade, she fights to survive. Want to know more? Read the books!
I have Ann here to tell you how she would survive in Deuce's world. First, let me tell you about Ann in case you have been living underground and are not familiar with her:
Ann Aguirre is a 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.
To find out more about Ann visit: her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
Here is Ann:
Today, dear readers, I'm supposed to tell you how I'd survive the world I invented in the Razorland saga, but I've always suspected that I'd be victim #3 in any horror movie, unless surviving came down to bunkering in one place and being still / not making noise. If hiding is a survival strategy, I might make it. Sadly, I suspect I'd be a lot like Pearl, who cowered in her shelter, ate canned goods, and slowly went insane.
Though my books are often full of impressive action scenes, I'm the exact opposite in real life. The adventures I have are almost always unwillingly; I'm like Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, bemoaning the loss of my slippers and my cozy hearth. And yet I think most people would argue that my life has been exciting. I've traveled. I live in a foreign country. I've crossed the US border on foot. I've climbed Machu Picchu and gone sightseeing in Peru. I've been held at gunpoint and talked my way out of several dangerous situations.
The one quality I bring to a crisis is a calm head and cool-thinking. While I often fall apart afterward, in the middle of an actual emergency, I am rock solid. I'm considering options. I'm making plans, running the risks in the my head, and discarding the bad ideas. I'm also good at making a decision and seeing it through.
For instance, recently, my son and I had vacation plans to go to Los Angeles for Anime Expo. When we arrived at the airport in Mexico City, all of the flights to the US had been canceled due to volcanic ash in the air. The airport was a madhouse of stranded passengers, and most people probably would've just taken a taxi home and said, "Ah well, this vacation is not meant to be."
But since I'd promised my son, I immediately started plotting alternatives. In the end, after multiple phone calls, I got a refund on my original tickets and got us on a national flight to Mexicali, where we took a taxi to the border and crossed on foot. Then we went by bus to LA. It was a long trip, much longer than it should've been, if things had gone according to plan, but we got there. I don't let little things like volcanoes stop me from keeping my promises.
So I guess that's how I'd survive in the Razorland world--by being steady and determined, refusing to give up, no matter what. That's also how I manage my career as a writer. It wouldn't hurt my chances if I met up with a hot guy who was good at fighting, though.
What would you do during the apocalypse?
Cool, calm and collected! That is the way to do it! Thanks, Ann for sharing your adventure. I am sure it ended up being a vacation your son will never forget! Ann is offering a chance to win a copy of Outpost to one lucky winner. Please fill out the Rafflecopter to enter after reading Contest Policies. This is open Internationally!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is my review:
Outpost (Razorland #2) by Ann Aguirre
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.
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Four stars: A solid sequel in an engaging series!
For Deuce, her new life is a mixed bag. She enjoys the safety and security of living behind the walls, away from the Freaks. She sleeps in a comfortable bed, has plenty to eat, and she has two terrific foster parents. What she doesn't like is being forced to wear dresses and attend school. She hates that she can't be what she was trained to be: a Huntress. Women are not supposed to hunt and kill. Deuce struggles to find her new identity in the village. To make matters worse, Fade refuses to speak to her and heart aches for the boy she loves. Soon danger comes calling as the Freaks enclose on the settlement. Can Deuce rid herself of her skirts and prove that she is indeed a Huntress?
What I Liked:
- This is a solid follow up to Enclave. This book doesn't suffer from the middle book syndrome at all. The story has a bit of a different tone, but it still encompasses the themes I loved from the first book. You have an apocalyptic world ravaged by zombie like creatures called Freaks, danger, action, character growth, identity struggles, and a romance. If you have yet to try this series and you love good dystopians, this is a series that isn't to be missed.
- Deuce is a character I truly admire. She is a skilled Huntress, bent on survival. She embodies what we all love in a kick butt chick. This time around, she is struggling to find her identity. She was taken in by a kindly couple and now she must spend her days wearing dresses and studying at school. It is a significant change from her previous life of fighting Freaks for food and survival. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her grow and change as she proves time and time again that a girl can indeed fight. I absolutely am in awe of her courage as she stands up and accepts dangerous assignments ahead of the men. I appreciated watching her get to know her softer side as she learned about family, love and sacrifice. Deuce is an admirable character, and I can't wait to continue her adventure in the third and final book. I enjoyed that this book was focused more on character growth than action.
- The romance.....even though it is trying and sometimes it seems it is going into love triangle territory, I like it. In the first installment, it appeared that Fade and Deuce would be a couple, that is until Stalker comes along. While I can't see Deuce falling for Stalker, even if she did, I would be okay with it. Stalker becomes more likable in this book, and I couldn't help but appreciate how he had Deuce's back no matter what, in spite of the fact that she rejects him over and over. In fact, I think I actually preferred Stalker to Fade in this book, which I never thought would happen. So at this point, since the romance seems up in the air, I will be okay with it which ever way it goes. Those of you who despised Stalker in the first book, might be surprised by him in this book. For the record, this does not develop into a love triangle.
- I liked that this time around I finally gathered some more insight into the Freaks and the world. Enclave just thrusts you into the underground world of an apocalyptic society where information is scarce. The world was definitely a bit better developed in this one and I expect it will continue to do so in the final book. I did get some answers, but there are still a few unanswered questions that will keep me reading.
- I hated the cliffhanger in Enclave, and in fact it almost ruined the book for me. This time around the book doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger, instead it is more of a game changing point. I was satisfied with the way it played out, and I can relax until the final book Horde releases in the Fall of 2013.
- I loved how Outpost attempts to lull you with a false sense of security as opposed to Enclave which throws you into a brutal dark world that keeps you on edge throughout. This book starts slow and steady as you learn more about Deuce's new life in the secure village. Her biggest problems these days are acclimating, finding her identity and rectifying her feelings for Fade and Stalker. The danger creeps up on you slowly and steadily until it climaxes into a thrilling and terrifying finish. The security blanket is torn away as you learn some frightening truths about the Freaks and about Man. Close minded people in the village believe that the Freaks are the result of God being angry and perhaps Deuce brought it on by not behaving like a proper young lady. It is terrible for Deuce to finally see the dark side of mankind. So keep in mind, even though this starts out slow and steady it builds and builds to an action packed, gut wrenching finale that will leave you eager for the final book!
And The Not So Much:
- I am still a little bit frustrated by the world building in this series. Don't get me wrong, Ms. Aguirre is a master at throwing you into her world. It is a sink or swim type introduction. You are given very little information and as you read, slowly things come forth. I am still desperate to know exactly how and why the Freaks came about and what happened to destroy the advanced civilization. The Freaks themselves are still a mystery, though, you do get some chilling and frightening insight. I am hoping that the third and final book, Horde, will provide the missing pieces.
- I struggled with Fade in this book. In the beginning, he remains aloof and I hated that. Finally, he comes around and things are moving forward only to take five steps back after a terrifying event. I just don't what to think of his character at this point. Fade just didn't shine this time around, and I found myself drawn to Stalker.
- The encampment that Deuce lives in needed a bit more detail. I didn't ever have a clear picture of how big the settlement was or how many people lived there. At first, I got the impression that is was a rather small population, but the further I read it seemed that it was a lot bigger than I anticipated. I never had a clear idea of how the village was laid out, the type of buildings, and an overview of the population.
Outpost is an exciting and thrilling dystopian read that will feed your need for all things apocalyptic. It has everything you love from kick butt heroines, terrifying zombie like creatures to a post apocalyptic population surviving by the thinnest of margins. The heart pounding ending will leave you anxious for the third and final book. Can Deuce and company find a way to stop the Horde?
“People took reputations seriously, and mine was already bruised, due to my insistence on being myself.”
“Don’t thank me for doing what my heart asks, Deuce. I’ll be with you as long as you let me.”
“And then his lips found mine, hot as sunshine, sweet as clean water."
We are nearing the end of the Apocalypse! Lucky for us, the tour is only eight days....our frightening trip will soon be over but not before one last stop on Saturday.... I will be featuring The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey! Don't miss it! If you missed a stop get up to speed now by clicking on the Apocalypse! Button! If you have an Apocalyptic post you want to share link it up!