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Killer of Enemies Hardcover – September 17, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 16 years
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tu Books (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620141434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620141434
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-Author of more than 120 books for adults and children, Bruchac has incorporated his Abenaki heritage into much of his writing. Killer of Enemies is no different. What is unique here is the postapocalyptic twist. Following the coming of the Cloud, which destroyed all technology and plunged the world back into the preindustrial age, 17-year-old Lozen, of Abenaki and Apache ancestry, is one of the few people left with the ancient skills and courage necessary to survive outside the walls of their city, a former prison. Holding her family hostage has given the rulers leverage over Lozen, forcing her to fight the genetically altered monsters that threaten the city and its inhabitants. While the premise is solid, the monster-of-the-day approach becomes somewhat redundant, and readers may wish that more emphasis had been placed on the circumstances surrounding the coming of the Cloud and its affect on the world, Lozen's relationship with her family and fellow incarcerates, and the rising of the walled cities. This is a serviceable addition to the ever-growing dystopian genre.-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AKα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In a future in the southwest of what used to be the U.S., one fearless, lethal, spiritual young woman must fight the evil of man and the anomalies of nature to rescue her family and start again. Seventeen-year-old Lozen, Apache Killer of Enemies, is employed by four evil tyrants in unstable alliance. Her job is to travel out from Haven, the former penitentiary that is now their shelter, and dispatch the Gemods (genetically modified animal monsters), bloodless zombies, and other threats to the compound. Skilled in hand-to-hand combat, armed to the hilt, and blessed with extrasensory and spiritual gifts, Lozen could easily escape, but the four Ones and their soldiers are keeping her family prisoners. Episodic high-octane chapters alternate between Lozen’s battles in the wilderness and the sinister intrigue in Haven. Though the imaginative dystopian mythology is thick and occasionally heavy, the brisk pace and nonstop action keeps things moving. This original addition to the dystopian genre ends with the open-ended promise of more to come. Grades 9-12. --Thom Barthelmess

Customer Reviews

Honestly, it is the action and the very quirky and distinct voice of the heroine.
Even though this book appears to be a once and done book, the ending left just enough wiggle room to continue the story.
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She takes great pride in her relatives (both those still living and those she’s lost).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Cody on December 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Common elements of despotic themes include the existence of a central, tyrannical government, poverty and oppression, socio-economic divide, class warfare, and inequitable distribution of resources. A catastrophic event normally occurs for society to abruptly transition into a despotic environment. Zombie and Christian apocalypse, natural disasters, nuclear war, and viral outbreaks are examples of events leading to despotic futures in pop culture. Regardless of the catastrophe, the cultural aspects of any society rarely survive in bleak circumstances. How would Indigenous culture fare in the face of a catastrophic event? Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) addresses this question in the science fiction book titled Killer of Enemies.

Bruchac draws upon Chiricahua Apache history to weave the tale of Lozen, a descendent of the Apache Warrior woman who bears the same name. Set in a futuristic Southwest, restraints on genetic modifications are nonexistent. The ruling elite are genetically and technologically enhanced for longevity. Gemods, genetically modified hybrids of animals, were created by the rich and powerful as pets. A mysterious force, called the Cloud, short circuits all electronic devices. The world is plunged into the days of pre-industrial society. Seventeen year old Lozen surrenders to the rulers of Haven, called the Ones, when her family is attacked and taken prisoner. The Ones force Lozen to defeat the monstrous gemods who have escaped their electronic confinements due to malfunctions caused by the Cloud.

Lozen adheres to the ceremonial practices described by her father, which become her saving grace despite the limitations of a direct connection to her Apache heritage. Her father’s tribal stories are instrumental in guiding her when she faces the gemods.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Team LitPick on March 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I am a 7th grade girl who likes adventure stories and I really enjoyed "Killer Enemies". There is always a potential moment for an action scene. "Killer Enemies" is about a girl named Lozen who doesn't want to be just a normal girl, Lozen wants to be a hero. She will be a good one too. I think that this book has an exciting plot and a lot of interesting characters. It taught me that when their is a crisis and you know what to do, you need to be the hero in that situation. It is a very good book because it has a lot of key points that you will remember no matter what else happens in the book. There were a lot of elaborate details and good drama. Each sentence is so detailed that it pulls you farther and farther into the story. Over all I would recommend "Killer Enemies".

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Age at time of review - 14
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janni Lee Simner on January 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A post-apocalyptic post-technology future adventure with an Apache protagonist? Of course I was in! I loved seeing the collapse of civilization through Lozen's point of view, loved the exploration of what such collapses--not to mention the economic disparities that precede them--mean for different communities and sub-communities, and loved the ways in the setting and the protagonist's religious and moral beliefs did and didn't intersect. And of course, I do enjoy a good kickass female protagonist, too. The very ending denouement (as in, the very last chapter) felt a bit rushed to me (though I wasn't looking for the pat answers it seemed to be trying to avoid, either, just a little more sense of where we go from here), but that's pretty minor, ultimately--this was more a journey book than a destination book for me, and I did very much enjoy the journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bridget on January 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The story is a really solid action packed adventure following an Apache girl, the title's Killer of Enemies. There are hints of the supernatural, genetically modified creatures, an interesting backstory, and lots of Native American details. This isn't a book about the main character being Apache, but it's also not a book that just throws out a single detail about her heritage and moves on with the story. It's also a fast read that keeps you hooked. I'm giving it an extra star because its ending is so interesting to me. I'm still not quite sure that I loved it, but it left me thinking. I read it first as a library book, but after a week or so I needed to go out and buy it so I could re-read it.

One of my only dislikes is the way the character enumerates things to herself repeatedly. At first, I enjoyed this slightly snarky tendency, but then it was used SO FREQUENTLY that it started to grate on my nerves a bit.

Solid choice if you have a dystopian fan looking for something as fast paced and addictive as The Hunger Games or Divergent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Kunzel on January 22, 2014
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Excellent action, adventure dystopian novel with a strong female protagonist who is indeed like the cover says, the only one who can save them, i.e. her family and maybe some of the other enslaved humans in the misnamed sanctuary of Haven. First it was the virus that wiped out all the horses in the world. Then it was the Cloud, that took care of technology and killed most of the "altered" or "enhanced" humans. Unfortunately, those with only partial body tech survived. Four of them are the Ones in control of Haven, prison to Lozen and her family. Her father and uncle died in the attack on their hidden valley by Haven soldiers. Lozen, named after a legendary Apache heroine, is the monster hunter employed by the four rulers of Haven, the Ones. Sent out regularly on missions, the only thing that keeps her coming back are her family hostages, mother, younger sister and brother. There's also Hussein, young Bedouin gardener who has snuck into her heart, and who must also be rescued. The chance comes when one of the four helps her escape, followed up by the assistance of a mystical Bigfoot creature who has been communicating with her telepathically. The final battle against the most evil of the tyrannical Ones had me on the edge of my seat. The open ended conclusion makes me hope there will be more battles ahead for this intriguing Chiricahua Apache warrior woman, with her strange abilities to detect threats ahead of time as well as her telepathic and unparalleled fighting skills.Read more ›
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Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed Abenaki children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored more than 50 books for adults and children. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website

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