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  • Published: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 262 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 650

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780312650087
  • 0312650086



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by Aguirre, Ann.

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Call number: Teen Fiction

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In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong-- and dangerous.

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I'm not a big horror book fan, but I loved this series. If you think you'll like the first book, do what I did and go ahead and check out all three books in the series at the same time. You'll thank me when you finish the first book and need to immediately start the next one!

Great Dystopian

We begin the novel with Girl 15 being taken to her naming ceremony. In her post-apocalyptic world, if you live past 15 years of age, you will receive your name and role in the community. There are only three things you could be: A hunter, a breeder, or a builder. During her ceremony, Girl 15 becomes Deuce, a huntress, who will have to provide meat for her community, which will be difficult considering they live in abandoned subways, and never go to the surface. She will also have to protect her people from Freaks, a mutant race that is getting smarter every day and feeds on people.
What sets this dystopian YA novel apart from the others is that it really focuses on survival. The community is not perfect, and has obvious flaws, which is a nice change from all of the perfect dystopian novels out there. The world-building technique shown by the author is great. She sets her rules, and follows them all through-out the novel. However, the pacing of the action in this novel is very strange. The beginning was full of action, and read very well. The middle got bogged down and read so slowly, I was tempted to stop reading it. It seemed that the author had to sacrifice technique in order to get the action moving again at the end. Males will be able to enjoy this dystopian novel because it has a lot of fighting in it, and mutants as opposed to “feelings” and love being the main problem.


I agree with Veroni2. This like a combination of the City of Ember series and the Hunger Games series. Overall I thought it was a great book. There was a little bit of action, romance and it was the perfect balence. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi or enjoyes the hunger games series. Ends on a cliffhanger, so I will be anxiously waiting for the sequal to come out Fall 2012.


Very interesting. i would recommend it to anyone who doesnt like reading or thinks books are boring. i think its kind of a mixture of the City of Ember series and the Hunger Games series. this book haas a little bit of everything in it. i truly enjoyed it.

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