Ann Aguirre is a national bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, two cats, and one very lazy dog. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Dr. Who. She writes urban fantasy (the Corine Solomon series), romantic science fiction (the Jax series), apocalyptic paranormal romance (the Ellen Connor books with Carrie Lofty), paranormal romantic suspense (as Ava Gray), and post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult fiction.
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Enclave (Razorland, #1) by Ann Aguirre
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Summary: 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.
1) Thank you Ann for visit my blog with an interview. Enclave sounds like an amazing, dystopian read, what inspired you to write it?
AA: I've always been fascinated with end of the world scenarios, and I love zombie movies. Ever since I saw my first George Romero film, I wanted to write my own version of the end of the world -- or at least, the end of the world as we know it.
2) Who was your favorite character creation and why?
AA: Don't make me choose. They're all pretty, and I love the one I'm with most of all. *g*
3) Looking back, would you have changed anything in Deuce's world?
AA: Nope. I'm pretty thrilled with the way things turned out.
4) I see you've written science fiction/fantasy romance novels, was it hard transitioning to Young Adult?
AA: I just write the best story possible, regardless of protagonist age. So I would say no.
5) In your bio you state you used to be a clown, clerk, voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens. Now, besides being a multi-tasked person and a writer, which of these were fun past times?
AA: Of all of those things, I enjoyed working at the veterinary clinic most.
6) Out of all the books you've written, which one remains the closest to your heart?
AA: Like I said before, I love them all.
7) After Enclave, your next YA will be Outpost, are you allowed to share with us what that book will be about?
AA: It's the second book after ENCLAVE set in the same world and featuring the same protagonists, Deuce and Fade.
8) What's the craziest book idea you've ever had?
AA: It's not written yet; therefore I'm not giving out details about it.
9) Last but not least, do you have anything you'd like to say to your current and future readers?
AA: Thanks so much for reading. I love hearing from you.
Thank you Ann for this lovely interview!
Enclave officially hit stores two days ago, you know you want it. Why are you still sitting there? Run out and buy it. :)