Review: Horde by Ann Aguirre

March 22, 2014 Lindsay's reviews 0

Review: Horde by Ann AguirreHorde by Ann Aguirre
Series: Razorland #3
on October 29th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Young Adult, zombies
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The epic conclusion to the 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.

I hate writing reviews for sequels. I don’t want to spoil the plot for you, but at the same time, I’m dying to tell you every tiny little thing that happened! This is the third book of a stellar series, and I’ll do my bestest to not ruin the whole plot for you.

Okay, so the characters. They’ve changed so much since Enclave, you wouldn’t even recognize them anymore. I feel like I’ve watched my babies grow up and move out! Deuce is still as fierce as ever, but now she has a family to fight for. She has opened up her life and heart. Now the only question is: Will it make her a stronger fighter? Or will it be her downfall? Probably the biggest character growth was in Stalker. He hasn’t always been the most stable of character for me. He was unpredictable and too aggressive (maybe). Somewhere through the telling of this story, he became someone I can respect.

The setting is yet another fluctuating feature of this story. We began in the sewers, then moved topside. Just as they got comfortable in Salvation, they were forced into moving again. Now in the third book, they are moving freely through the country. I loved how the books moved from such an enclosed space, where I almost always felt trapped, to this open freedom… and I still felt trapped. Aguirre has a talent for keeping the pressure on. You never know when the Freaks will make an appearance, so even while you’re reading a “slow” scene full of character development, your muscles are still clenched, expecting the worst.

The FEELS!! Since I have watched these characters grow and change, I feel like they’re family (Or maybe they’re more like a limb. If you stab them, will I not bleed?). The worst part was knowing that their chances of survival were slim. Was this going to be a horribly crushing defeat, where they all die and become martyrs? Or will one of them sacrifice themselves for the good of the others? I certainly felt like I was being set up for a fall! Despite all of my misgivings, I feel that the ending was perfect for the series. I closed the cover and felt… content. I was sad that the series was over, but there are no regrets.

And now for a plea. Please, keep an open mind when reading this series. Parts of it are violent and disturbing. In fact, it won’t be suitable for a lot of its intended YA audience. There is very little sexuality and hardly any bad language, but there is war. War is dirty and cruel. War is also real. A lot of horrible things have been done in the name of war, and Aguirre shows this spectacularly. She shows how it can change even the strongest and bravest, and how we can fight to preserve the best qualities within ourselves. I can’t tell you how to read or enjoy a book. Or how to hate a book, if you so choose. But when you read a book about war, you have to prepare for everything that comes with it; the good, the bad, and the disturbingly ugly.

This book is perfectly written by an experienced author. The characters are dynamic and constantly evolving, and there is no shortage of nail-biting suspense. Just please be sure that this is the right book for you before picking it up. Don’t blame the author for the cruelties of war. She’s just telling it like it is.

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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3

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