Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: April 2011
Deuce has spent her life hoping she'll be chosen as a hunter. When she receives her name and the huntress' marks at fifteen, she is content with her life in an underground home. But when she's paired with a hunter named Fade and they are sent on an impossible mission, her perspective of the world begins to change. The freaks that occupy the tunnels between enclaves are changing and her world is about to turn upside down.
Things I Liked:
I enjoyed the glimpse of another possible future. I thought it was interesting to have a whole society that lives underground in abandoned subway tunnels, though I really didn't understand why they were there. Deuce's enclave was somewhat predictably not-what-they-say-they-are, which is kind of what you expect in a dystopian book. I was a bit more intrigued by the second half, which showed the world topside and what was going on there. An interesting concept and world view.
Things I Didn't Like:
I really didn't find much else to enjoy, though. I thought it felt a little disjointed, more like the story was all about just describing this crazy future world than about the characters or the story. There weren't logical connections to me between what happened underground and then where Deuce ended up. Or how the Freaks came about. Or what they were. I couldn't figure out why they were so keen on getting to the library and figuring out what happened to make the world that way, except so that we as the reader would know what happened. It made the story feel awkward. I also didn't care much for the characters or the romance. I felt no connection to anyone and just wasn't that interested in what happened to them. I think it's a case of an interesting concept, but a story that just didn't work for me. *Mild spoiler* Oh, and I thought it was a bit odd that the book Deuce finds about half way through the story has an inscription "with love to Gracie from Mary" in the front, but at the end, it turns out to be a library book. Who gives a book to someone "with love" that they either took from the library or bought after the library discarded it? A small thing that really bugged this librarian. :) *End mild spoiler*
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BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
some, nothing too strong
a little bit implied
definitely some gory fighting action
Overall rating: **
Did this one work for you or not? I think I'm in the minority for this book.
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