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A Reader of Fictions: Fade - Staind

A Reader of Fictions

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fade - Staind

Razorland, Book 1

Ann Aguirre
Pages: 262
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Brief Summary:
On her fifteenth birthday, just like all the others in her enclave, Deuce receives her name and her occupation, huntress. She will go out and brave the dangerous tunnels surrounding their underground home to find food in traps and kill the freaks, zombie creatures with sharp nails and teeth. Her new partner, Fade, is antisocial, likely a product of his rough childhood; unlike everyone else, he was not born in the enclave, but found wandering in the tunnels, nearly mad with the need to protect himself. With Fade at her side, Deuce begins to realize that her home may not be what she thinks it is and that maybe the leaders are not all that trustworthy. Needless to say, it's all going to get a lot worse and a lot more painful before it gets better.

The front of the book compared Enclave to The Hunger Games. That sets the standard for quality in a teen dystopia pretty darn high...and Aguirre totally came through! I was completely pulled into this world from the first pages. The writing, the plot and the characters are all fantastic. Book two will so be mine (and I totally want to acquire a copy of this one for my personal collection).

Zombies have been done before, of course, but these feel much more terrifying. They have the speed of any other predator and are learning, like in Aftertime. What they reminded me of more than anything actually were the morlocks from The Time Machine. Super creepy! And they're not the only terror: "I had begun to throb with the desire to understand why things happened, why some people lived under the ground, like our enclave, the Freaks, and the Burrowers, and why some stayed Topside and turned into the greatest monsters of all" (173).

Speaking of figuring out why things happened, that is something I would still like to know. That explanation has yet to appear. Thankfully, this does not come across as a lame attempt to increase my interest, but as a part of Deuce's journey that has not yet come. Deuce feels so real. The comparison to The Hunger Games lies largely in Deuce. We see from her perspective and she, like Katniss, cares first and foremost about survival. She doesn't really want to be involved in politics and relationships definitely confuse her. I am digging her love triangle, but have not firmly declared support for either team (Fade vs. Stalker), as both have promise.

To sum up, I loved this and recommend it to pretty much everyone who likes reading darker stuff, like dystopias. This one rocks, especially because the characters go to a library to research in their post-catastrophe world. Now that's awesome! Ann Aguirre is officially on my watch list.

"I only know that I can change
Everything else just stays the same

So now I step out of the darkness "

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Blogger Nori said...

I need to read this!

April 30, 2011 at 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Christina Kit. said...

This one sounds awesome - so great that it's a dystopian that really works! And the cover? REally creepy!

March 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Elisquared said...

This was a totally terrifying book, and I loved every minute of it! I can't wait until the next book to find out what happens to Deuce and Fade!

March 25, 2012 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Can't wait to read this. Have read nothing but glowing reviews!

March 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Kali Skittles said...

I'm pretty much freaking out right now over how much I want to read this book. I'm actually waiting until the second one is closer to release though, since I have so many other books to read and I hate reading the first of a series when the second comes out in a few months. So I'll try to read them close to each other, but gosh. Every time I see this, I just want to forget all my other books in favour of getting this one. I actually went to BN the other day and I told myself if I saw this, I would get it. I did not see it :(

April 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

This book is so good, but I totally get you one waiting. Sometimes by the time the sequel comes out, I can hardly remember what happened in book one. My mind is like a sieve.

April 1, 2012 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Bookie Bee said...

I have been seeing this book everywhere! i need to read it!!

May 16, 2012 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

OOOOHH! I'm a fan of Dystopia! I am really looking forward to read this. It's on my to-read list on Goodreads for a long time now. It's just that, I've been too pre-occupied with a lot of dystopian books. Have you read Partials by Dan Wells? It's good. =)

May 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I haven't read Partials yet, but I definitely want to!

May 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger nurmawati djuhawan said...

i read this book and OMG...i love it so much..
can't wait to read the sequel :)

January 1, 2013 at 6:21 AM  

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