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Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Outpost (edition 2012)

by Ann Aguirre

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Authors:Ann Aguirre
Info:Feiwel & Friends (2012), Hardcover, 336 pages
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Tags:dystopia, young adult, mosters

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Outpost by Ann Aguirre

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When I read the first book to the Razorland tetralogy, yes I found out there are four books, I was entertained but slightly bothered. This book brought some interesting growth in some areas but heavier disappointment in others. What would the final book bring?

Outpost, was about Deuce getting used to her new home, Salvation while dealing with problems concerning her treatment by adults. Below ground, in the College enclave, she was considered an adult. She hunted and fought for the safety of the residents there, but they weren't a family; more like a clan. So after relocating, she had to deal, not with hunting and defense, but how to be a lady and take elementary school. After proving her worth, she practically takes over the defensive strategy and ends up going out on a mission to another town/outpost for the betterment of Salvation.

Okay, let me start off by saying, kids can't run the world! It's ridiculous how so many books have kids like Deuce, Fade and Stalker living like adults, but so immature it's sickening! We go through the state of puberty for a reason. This book had Deuce behaving like a whiny, almost spoiled-like teen, going around trying to prove she was an adult Huntress! Oh I can' t wait to stop hearing that! Fade became so clingy and sophomoric, I just wanted him to be killed off and let's not forget about our rapist turned lovestruck, wanna-be hero, Stalker! He ended up being more interesting than any of them- adults included!

I have to say I was torn three-fourths and a fourth with this book. The three-fourths was disappointing because the adults were so ignorant when it came to defending their own home. It took a sixteen year old kid- a girl, to bring on some active defense! The majority of the men were so concerned with being chauvinistic they couldn't even stay alive. And the adult ladies pushed Women's Lib back to the stone ages, sitting about knitting and thumping the bible about where a woman's place should be! THEN...

When it's do or die for Salvation, it takes Deuce, and her friends to save it? Nah, I didn't like it. The portions I enjoyed were all about normalcy. Deuce, Fade, Tegan and Stalker had to go to school, learn a trade and do their share, which two of the four could relate to. They developed as characters a bit more and some received loving families, but not enough for me to really care about them. They were rather flat and too concerned with tongue kissing and fighting the Breeding Feeling.

I have the next book, Horde, and must purchase the upcoming Restoration. I sure hope book three is better than the first two. I have to continue on though...I'm committed to the cause! Happy reading and find a happy book too! ( )
  AReneeHunt | Sep 1, 2015 |
Excellent sequel to Enclave. I usually hate the second book in most book series, because the writer's execution tends to be sloppier, as if they thought, "I made it this far..?" and scrambled to make a sequel. Not this book. I felt for the characters.

Deuce is pretty cool, I guess. She's intelligent, competent (for the most part), and knows when to say things, and when not to. Deuce can fight, and not any of that one-two weak stabs and it's magically over; no, she REALLY fights. And she deals with such horrors with grace and strength that make me admire her character. She doesn't play around, and she knows when she's made a mistake, and accepts the mistake, graciously working on her faults as she does so.

I like the plot. I know many people complain that there is no "plot", but surviving in a post-apocolyptic world sort of IS the plot. Granted, I do wish to know what happened to everybody besides the plague. Where did the Freaks come from? How are they getting smarter? And when in the last battle before Deuce could make it to Salvation's walls, when she fought that Freak, and it said "Eat me," why was there no more than a fleeting thought about that? I know the book isn't perfect, however. I shall patiently wait to find out what happens next, though.

I like Fade. I like his strength, as well as his softness. His over-protectiveness was a bit much, but I like how much he truly cared for Deuce as his partner. I like the tender scene when he lays his head in her lap, and she strokes his hair and face. His response was, "You've always wanted to pet me?" D'awwww. I also felt soooo bad for him after they rescued him from the forest. I totally understand his flinching and withdrawal after that. Poor guy. And when he asked, "Are you still my partner?" to Deuce, my heart squeezed. *explodes*

Tegan was cool. I liked her character development and growth, and I felt for her as she tried to overcome her past. She grew A LOT, and I felt as if she were MY friend by the end of the book.

Stalker, perhaps, is my favorite character in the book. I like Fade too, but Stalker is extremely interesting to me. He was terrible in the first book, and I hated him as a result. But then I started to... like him? In this book, Stalker grows a lot. I like how he learned that what he did was wrong to Tegan, and he apologized to her. I found myself looking forward to Deuce talking to Stalker more than Fade, simply because he was more interesting. He helped Deuce save Fade, though he didn't like him, when he could've been a little bitch, and refused to go, then try to win Deuce's love with Fade out of the picture, but no, he was mature. He put someone else before himself. Character development, people.

Anyway, that's all. This book was good. Different from the first, but still good. I can't wait for the next book! ( )
  KillerCorp | Jul 27, 2015 |
Mrs. Aguirre always delivers. I can't wait for Horde. ( )
  BookaholicCat | Mar 4, 2015 |
Outpost is the book after Enclave. Deuce and Fade came to the topside and Deuce was scared. In her old town they said that it was impossible to live on the topside and it rained acid. Deuce now learns that those were all lies as Deuce and Fade survive together. As Deuce and Fade are walking north trying to find a nice place they are attacked by a gang. Deuce and Fade take out the whole gang and a boy and a girl decide to join Deuce and Fade. As they are all searching an old gas station they are saved by someone with a horse cart. He takes them to his outpost were Deuce finds there are a lot of people living topside. The problem is Freaks keep attacking the outpost so all the hunter and soldiers there make a base outside there town walls to keep the freaks away. They then find out that the freaks are getting very smart by learning from the humans. The freaks built a whole village and were keeping humans in cages like pigs. They planned to domesticate them and make them fat then eat them. Deuce frees all the humans including Fade. Then all the freaks surround the towns walls. The towns people are all trapped inside. Deuce, Fade, the boy and girl that came with them all go out of the town in secret underground tunnels to try and find another town to get help from. (cliff Hanger for next book)

I love this book and gave it a 5 star. It was just as good if not better then the first one. I find it impossible to put this book down. I love dystopian books because they are always so exciting. I loved this book because of all the survival involved. I also liked it because of all the action and fighting. I will definitely be reading the next book in the Razorland Trilogy. ( )
  GavynG.B1 | Jan 11, 2015 |
This book is all about taking risks and making life worth it even though it may be hard. Plus its all right to have a softer side to yourself. Even if you think its totally unnecessary. I loved this book and I can't wait to read the next book. I loved the romance although It made me a little jealous because I will never have a boy say I will fight for you not only when its easy but all the time. The sentence just fit in to the chapter. And now a short summary of the main parts of the book:

In the first couple of chapters it goes to say that Salvation really needed help so Deuce and Fade and Stalker make a point of having the town keep a permanent guard on the crops and to help the Growers as they tend to the field. For a while it worked, but the disaster struck the guards. Two of the men were taken by the Freaks and one of them was Fade. Deuce immediately say's that she has to go and find him no matter what.

When she brings him back she thinks that everything is fine. Everything can go back to normal, or as normal as it ever was. But boy was she wrong. Fade WAS captured and saved but along the way he lost part of his soul. Fade had to watch as another solider-the other one that was captured-get clawed up and sliced up then shoved in a bag. Not to mention the fact that he was beaten many times. And now he doesn't want anything to do with Deuce. He doesn't have any idea that he is hurting her, badly.

Journey into this book as you realize that sometimes its ok to be weak. ( )
  JaFi14 | Nov 7, 2014 |
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Deuce struggles for respect in a new topside town where she is treated like a child and avoided by Fade, a situation that compels her to volunteer for patrol duty and protect topside citizens from an unexpected upsurge in Freak activity.

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