Title: Outpost (Razorland #2)
Author: Ann Aguirre
Published: September 4th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
"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."
First line: "I woke to the cold kiss of steel on my throat."
Thoughts: Out of all the sequels out there floating around, OUTPOST was one of the ones I was looking forward to the most. Though it's not as exhilarating as ENCLAVE, I still really enjoyed it. For those of you wondering, OUTPOST did not fall victim to the "The sequel isn't as good as it's predecessor" trap. Oh no, the journey has only begun.
While ENCLAVE focused more on the action and freaks, OUTPOST focuses more on the society and complexities of each character. This isn't just in regards to Deuce and Fade but also other characters such as Tegan and Stalker. With Deuce, she isn't use to being in a world where she has to do the dishes or cook for the others. This isn't a role she feels comfortable in, and the only chances she even remotely gets to fight is at night when she practices with Stalker. Tegan, however, is fitting in just fine and Fade...let's just say there's tension and leave it at that.
Since these folks are now having to live a bit of a domesticated lifestyle in Salvation, the author rewards us with some romance and a bit of a twist. Some of the scenes between Deuce and Fade frustrated or even scared the heck out of me while others completely melted my heart into a giant puddle of goo. And the twist? Scratch bit, it's a HUGE twist. One that will completely changed the series in more ways than one.
The tensions are high and the freaks are coming. It's just a matter of when which is why I'm now DYING to read HORDE, the last and final book in the RAZORLAND trilogy. Good gravy, the release date cannot get here soon enough.
Favorite Quotes (from the finished copy, not ARC):
“Perhaps that was the point; life, if you did it right, meant learning and changing. If you didn't, you died- or stopped growing - which amounted to more or less the same thing. So I would slide in and out of different roles until I discovered the one that fit me best."
“I want to drag you off and hide you away,” he whispered.
“I always knew you were beautiful, but now everyone else will too. I won’t be able to keep other boys away from you, and it’ll make me crazy.”
“I found it curious that people kept animals for companionship and not food. When I'd asked Mama Oaks when she planned to cook the fat creature that slept in a basket in the kitchen, her eyes almost popped out of her head. Since then, she'd kept her pet away from me, like she suspected I meant to turn it into stew. Clearly, I had a lot to learn.”