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A trio of trilogies: Episode 3

23 May

And now for something a little darker.

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The Razorland trilogy, by Ann Aguirre, begins in subterranean New York City, with Enclave. New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. Fifteen-year-old Deuce, a Huntress,is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. She and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks. These mutants seem to be growing more organized, but the elders refuse to listen to warnings. Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave and sent Topside,into the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.

In Outpost, Deuce and Fade are living in a town called Salvation. Sh doesn’t fit in with the other girls, who are expected only do female things. Confused, lonely, and 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.

In the final book,  Horde, Salvation is surrounded, Freaks are at the gates, and they’re not going away. Deuce and Fade set out with a group to get help from the nearby settlement of Soldier’s Pond. Deuce tries to band the remaining settlements together against the Horde, before they are all doomed.

Of the three triliogies I’ve written about this week, this was my favorite. Although action packed liked the other two, this series has a little more depth. I also feel that this was the most realistic of the 3 trilogies. I don’t mean to say I think this is more likely to happen than the other two scenarios. I mean, I think these characters are more realistic and I think their reactions to their circumstances, as well as the power they hold within their society, is more realistic.

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