THE HORDE IS COMING
*Full disclosure – I was a beta reader for both Outpost and Horde but these are my honest opinions about the series.
* I kept this post spoiler free!
This series is really special to me. I had been a huge fan of Aguirre’s writing even before this series and when I got an email from the publisher asking if I would give her new YA series a try I said HELL YEAH! I knew she would write a dystopian world that would be gritty and badass. What I wasn’t expecting was how much the characters would wind their way through my heart.
My favorite thing about the Razorland trilogy (& the novellas) is how the characters grow. Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan are not the same children we meet in Enclave by the time we get to Horde.
They broke my heart in the first book. I had never met characters so broken, they didn’t even realize it at the time, that’s just the way their life was, yet so strong and full of potential. Broken is probably not the right word but it’s so sad to see a child, even though it seems normal to them, with all their options and future taken away. A child who is afraid to touch or feel because that’s not what they are “bred” to do.
With each book Ann pushed the characters further stripping away the old rules and giving them choices. Nature vs nurture is a recurring theme for the series. That may seem like a good thing, but to children who know no other way of life that was overwhelming. They didn’t always make the right choices. They stumbled but took each necessary step because that’s what needed to be done.
There are a lot of book characters that I love or swoon over but in this series I admire them. I would be proud to call them friends (or at my age sons or daughters lol). There is no other group I would want at my back if I was being swarmed by a blood thirsty pack of Freaks. That extends to characters who were introduced later in the series.
With each book Ann took the characters, and the story, out of the comfort zone. Most dystopian worlds just ratchet up the action with each book. She definitely did that but she also kept pushing the boundaries, putting Deuce and company in new scenarios that tested their limits and resolve. As we’ve seen in many series that isn’t easy to do. Stay too close to what you know and it gets boring – stray from the familiar and you risk toppling the entire story arc you’ve so carefully built. Enclave, then Outpost and finally Horde pushed through it all and gave us a conclusion that delivers on the promise of Enclave. Not everything is rainbows and sunshine but we get answers, we get closure.
This series has had it all. Heartache, action, scary ass Freaks!, death, love and hope. It was an incredible journey and I’m really going to miss everyone and this world.
Foundation (Razorland #0.5) – Prequel novella about how it all began. ~ Goodreads | Amazon
Enclave (Razorland #1) – “Welcome to the Apocalypse” ~ Goodreads | Amazon
Endurance (Razorland # 1.5) – Novella about the events after Enclave (**summary is a spoiler if you haven’t read Enclave!) ~ Goodreads | Amazon
Outpost (Razorland #2) – “Deuce’s whole world has changed.” ~ Goodreads | Amazon
Restoration (Razorland #2.5) – Free Novella from the events in Outpost from Fade’s POV ~ Mac Teen books
Horde (Razorland #3) - “The Horde is coming.” ~ Goodreads | Amazon
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