Review: Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Outpost by Ann Aguirre
Series:  Razorland Trilogy (# 2)
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends sold by Macmillan
Pages:  332
Source:  ARC won in a contest

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.


Review:  I need to start off by saying that this is the second book in the trilogy of which I didn’t read the first.  I was lost at first but quickly got into the swing of things and fell in love.

One of the main focuses’ that Ms. Aguirre brings into the story is that of the interaction between the main characters:  Deuce, Fade, Tegan and Stalker.  How they grow together as teenagers and within the dynamics of the different communities.  As they arrive in the town of Salvation they find differences from where they used to be.  The girls cook, sew and have to wear dresses.  Something they weren’t used to seeing or the girls weren’t used to doing.  They thought that they were accepted in this town but in all actuality they weren’t but the town seemed to need them in order to survive.  They struggled with being bullied much like some teenagers are today.  Something that is difficult to overcome.  But these teens are survivors.

Deuce finds it hard to follow the rules so she joins the summer patrols.  She comes into contact with a couple who show her love, understanding, tenderness and devotion.  She had an attitude that seemed innocence that showed that she had a vulnerable side that cared while being tough and brave.  She could have been from the back hills with the raw, rough personality that endeared her to you.

I liked the surprises within the story line.  The hidden romance between Deuce and Fade was very real and heartwarming.

The story was very strong and powerful which aided in making the characters become reachable/likeable.  I wanted to reach out showing them love; giving them a hug…just showing them someone cared for them.  That there is hope in this world; it isn’t all cruel.

The characters were very well developed, so much that I am not sure if we will ever know just how damaged mentally and physically they were.  But they flowed into the story which was very engaging, moving it along smoothly with a very natural feel to it.  As if it was happening in the here and now.

A book that was very well written…Characters that felt so real that you find yourself becoming emotionally attached to.

So if you have just picked this book up as I have or you are finishing the trilogy or perhaps reading these in the proper order I think you have simply found something so vivid that you might think it was real.