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Publisher: Frewel and Friends ISBN: 978-0-312-65008-7 Pages: 259 Series: Razorland #1 Type: Young Adult Dystopian Source: Purchased Goodreads
In College enclave, hidden in the tunnels beneath a ruined New York, people only
earn the right to a name if they survive their first fifteen years. Once you age
enough to leave the ranks of unnamed brats, you choose a path as a Breeder, a
Builder or a Hunter. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can
remember so she is thrilled to join their ranks, even when she is paired with
Fade a boy who grew up outside the enclave. A Hunter's job is to patrol the
tunnels, bringing back food and fighting the monsters known as Freaks but as the
Freaks become more intelligent, Deuce is forced to question the rules she has
lived her life by.
This is the first in the Razorland trilogy and it was
a book I approached with trepidation. I'd seen good reviews, it sounded
interesting, even the trailer looked good but something made me hesitate. Now
I've read it I really regret that hesitation as this is an outstanding read. Set
in a future where people have taken refuge in underground tunnels, it soon
becomes clear the author has really done her research as the narrative has a
realistic take on how difficult that life would be.
The dystopia and
world building are excellent as by introducing Deuce at the start of her
Huntress career, the reader is introduced to the world alongside Deuce meaning
that there is no info dumping and the revelations come in some surprising twists
and turns. The plot is tightly written and a steady pace is maintained
throughout as Deuce's world steadily expands beyond the tunnels that used to be
all she knew. The dystopia itself is scarily believable yet leaving room for new
facts to emerge.
Deuce is a great lead character as she is strong and
relentless. I found it really easy to identify with her, despite the fact our
lives have nothing in common. Her determination to serve her enclave and her
gradual realisation that things aren't okay made me like her. Fade is the
perfect way for Deuce's illusions to be shattered. He doesn't maliciously change
her world, just points out things with the perspective of an outsider allowing
the revelations to happen naturally. The romance between them takes a backseat
to the action but it is nevertheless well written and developed.
Freaks quickly become a horrifying threat, and their existence develops
alongside the main plot. They quickly go from dangerous but stupid monsters, to
terrifyingly smart calculating predators a shift which undermines the stability
the enclave claims. In some ways this is a book of two halves as the story
development leads Deuce and Fade "topside" and out of the tunnels, revealing the
reasons behind the downfall of society and more about Fade's past. The storyline
flows through the location change and the ending leaves Deuce and Fade ready to
continue their adventures.
All in all, this was a great read and I'm
really looking forward to Outpost.
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