Thursday, October 24, 2013

ARC Review: Horde by Ann Aguirre

Author: Ann Aguirre
Publication: Feiwel & Friends (October 29, 2013)

Description: The epic conclusion to Ann Aguirre's USA Today bestselling trilogy. 

The horde is coming.

Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love.

Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn't been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.

This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity. 

My Thoughts: What a great ending to this post-Apocalyptic trilogy! Deuce has found a home and a family in one of the remaining human towns but the muties (Freaks) are gathering together into a horde to attack. Deuce is sent on a mission to try to get help from another human town. She travels with Fade, Stalker, Tegen and some others to try to get help. They return too late to save the town but they do manage to rescue some survivors including Deuce's new family. They take refuge in a town of soldiers where Deuce is determined to take the war to the horde.

Deuce, Fade, Tegen and Stalker along with the few volunteers they can gather travel to the other remaining towns to try to recruit an army. They have little success until they change tactics and decide to hold one piece of ground. They gradually begin to build a reputation and gather more followers. They are still vastly outnumbered by the horde though.

This book is filled with battles. I liked that they were realistically written and that the heroes suffered privations, were wounded, and had doubts about their choices. I loved the relationship between Fade and Deuce. Despite the fact that he had been tortured and traumatized when he was captured by Freaks, his determination to get over the trauma so that he could be with Deuce and Deuce's determination to help him in any way made a great romance. 

I loved watching the way the characters grew through the course of this series and was pleased and satisfied that there was a happy ending. Fans of post-Apocalyptic fiction will definitely want to read the whole Razorland trilogy. Readers will enjoy the journey and the characters. 

Favorite Quote:
I gathered the last of my nerve and concluded, "It's only a sure defeat when you stop trying. We need an army that fights for the whole world, not one town, and I mean to raise it. Your colonel has given me her blessing to recruit from your number. If you join up, from this point, your loyalty will be to this cause only. Step forward, brave souls. It's time to do the impossible once again."
I got this ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. I'm really excited to read this one, but I do need to reread the first two so everything is fresh. Glad to hear there's a happy ending, I'm sick of these dystopian that think they have to be "realistic" and not give us the HEA. Why authors feel the need to be realistic when it comes to that after we're reading about zombies or something else, I have no idea. Great review! ~Pam


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