- Author: Ann Aguirre (website, twitter)
- Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
- Publication: September 4th 2012, Feiwel & Friends
- Pages: 336
- synopsis from Goodreads
- [book rating=4/5]
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.
This Review Will Contain Spoilers.
So this is how I viewed the beginning of this book:
Deuce loves Fade.
Fade isn’t talking to Deuce
Stalker wants Deuce
Tegan sorta disappears in the background.
Deuce has no idea what’s going on.
Salvation changed our beloved characters. The partners are no longer talking, Stalker is becoming nice and Tegan is trying desperately to forget her past and start a new life within the new community. The book started off slow, so slow that I had to continue to remind myself that there were flesh eaters beyond the gates. I enjoyed seeing Deuce bond with her foster parents, I think it was a big character development for her in terms of her feelings and understanding that she is more than just a fighter. The so called “love triangle” is what bothered me the most. While everyone is rooting for the HEA (remember this is a dystopian trilogy), I was more than a little annoyed by Fade. I even found myself enjoying Stalker way more than Fade, but I was more interested in Stalker during Enclave as well so that’s not fair for me to say.
The development with the Freaks is what made the book for me. Oh em gee. I think I’ll keep that spoiler off of here, but feel free to discuss in comments!
Did Outpost live up to your expectations? This book had me frustrated, surprised and at one point I cried! There is nothing better than when an author makes you so invested in characters that you truly feel for them. I wasn’t too sure what I was expecting, but I did enjoy the read and look forward to reading Horde!