Okay, so I didn’t really unleash my righteous fury on some zombie scum. But I did read a book where they did! And that is almost totally like doing it yourself. Almost. There might have also been a little shape shifting bad-boy love in my life this weekend. That was in book form as well, but a lady needs something to do when her partner in crime is out of commission (thanks wisdom teeth.) So this weekend while I had only planned on reading one new book to review, opportunity smiled upon me and now you are the ones who benefit! Without further ado I introduce the two newest books in the Tucker Free Library’s collection: Enclave and The Gathering!
Enclave is a first book by the lovely Ann Aguirre and I hope it is not her last! Part I Am Legend, part Y the Last Man and a sprinkling of Hunger Games makes for an exciting read in one of the best post-apocalyptic dystopias I have seen in recent months. These tribal societies have developed underground where you are not given a name until you turn 15, mostly because few make it to that age. Once you turn 15, you either become a breeder, a builder or a hunter. We follow the story of Deuce, recently given her name and branded as a hunter in her tribe. She is partnered with Fade, the only boy who survived alone in the tunnels for years. Deuce and Fade are supposed to get food for the rest of the tribe, and kill any freaks (flesh-eating monsters) that get in their way. When they find out that the freaks are growing smarter, developing strategies, and have overrun the closest tribe they trade with, they find themselves at odds with the tribal elders. It seems like the ruling faction does not want the true power of the freaks known. When they are exiled, what choice to Deuce and fade have but to try out their luck, above ground.
Our next book takes place in a small close-knit community as well, on a island up in Canada. The Gathering is the newest creation of Kelley Armstrong, who is a force in the world of Young Adult literature. Maya is dealing with the loss of her friend, convincing her parents to let her get a tattoo, and generally dealing with the things life throws at you when you are sixteen. And while most sixteen year old girls don’t have to deal with being catnip for mountain lions, or having the ability to speed up the healing process in animals, or have a best friend who can “read” people, Maya does. She also has a birthmark which caused an uproar in a tattoo parlor, has attracted a bad-boy to her side, and makes her think twice about where she has come from. Add in a reporter getting murdered and strange shenanigans going on around the island, and you get one confused teenager who just wants to solve the mystery of herself.