Book #35 of the 50 Book Challenge...
WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE
In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.
Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.
5 out of 5 stars. Great book. The Character of Deuce is very intriguing and makes you want to be her despite the fact that she lives in world that is dying. I know that it's yet another young adult book but I love these books. Quick reads, down and dirty descriptions and none of the crap that seems to clutter up a lot of adult science fiction books. No dirty sex scenes that make me blush when I'm reading them at work. Not a lot of swear words. Both things I don't really like in books. I know how sex works, I know about cussing so most of the time I find that those things don't really enhance a book but detract from the story line.
I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series, Outland by the same author. I've got it on my "to read" list.