Thursday, January 23, 2014

Outpost by Ann Aguirre [Review]

Outpost (Razorland, #2)3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Outpost by Ann Aguiree
Series: Razorland #2
Genre: YA Post Apocalyptic
Release: September 4, 2012
Hardcover: 317 Pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Outpost picks up about two months after the ending of Enclave.  Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan are now scattered with various foster families in Salvation.  They are all attempting to fit in and make a new life for themselves.  Deuce struggles the most.  Salvation believes in clear gender roles and Deuce is certainly not a typical Salvation girl.  Nor does she see herself as a child like others in Salvation do.  The townspeople look down on her for wanting to fight and discourage her from joining up with the patrols.  It creates a very frustrating situation for Deuce, who struggles to fit in but stay true to herself.

In all honesty, I did not enjoy this book as much as the first.  I felt the action stalled and so much of the attention was diverted to Deuce wading through her feelings...on pretty much everything.  A little introspection is good, but I felt like I was reading a different series than the one I started out with.  And since there was a lot less action, I found I had a lot more time to nitpick.  For example, if Deuce is supposedly uneducated why does she continually use big words like compunction?  I don't buy it. 

While I wish Outpost spent less time on the minutiae, I did like that Deuce expands her thinking quite a bit.  She begins to see value in things that she didn't before.  She also connects with her femininity and tries to reconcile being A Girl and being A Huntress.  She is able to deepen her relationships with her friends and her foster family.  I liked seeing all this.  I just wish there wasn't so much explaining and convincing and that Deuce's growth happened a little more organically.

Overall, I was a little disappointed in this book.  I still think it is a good series, but had this been the first book I'm not sure I would have continued.  As it stands, I will be back for the final book.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Enclave
2. Outpost
3. Horde

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