- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (February 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765321610
- ISBN-13: 978-0765321619
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,402,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enclave Hardcover – February 3, 2009
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The world is in chaos: war, plague, global ecological collapse. Parents everywhere seek sanctuary for their precious children, the future of mankind. For those who are rich and powerful enough, safety can be foundâfor a priceâat the Clothos Academy. Run by a mysterious man known only as Sarge, set in a former monastery atop a sheer cliff on a tiny island somewhere in the Mediterranean, Clothos will admit only one hundred students before it is sealed offâperhaps permanentlyâfrom the terrors outside.
But all is not as it seems. The pupils are so-called starlets best known for their empty heads and eating disorders; troublemakers one step away from incarceration; and junior royals too embarrassing to be let out in public. And the staff isnât much better, from the alcoholic doctor to an ancient monk with secrets of his own.
And the dangers from which these castaways are being protected? Prerecorded, ready to be trotted out whenever Sarge needs to terrify his little flock. And yetâ¦
Some dangers are real, as two boys discover when they hack the Academyâs self-contained computer network and connect, for a brief but disastrous moment, to the outside world. Worse, a stranger has entered the Academy. And he has brought Death.
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An Ex-Marine named Sarge, after finishing his tour of duty, vows to himself he will atone for the horrifying acts he was forced to commit as a soldier by doing something good for society, something that will help people versus harm them.
Purchasing an abandoned monastery that is perched 500 feet atop Mt. Clothos in Greece, Sarge's new lease on life is to turn around the lives of society's young misfits and social embarrassments. Renovating the ancient monastery into a contemporary Academy for drug addicts, teen criminals, and the physically impaired, the ex-Marine brings 100 chosen students and a staff of adults to bring alive his vision for transforming these brats into civilized human beings. Bamboozling parents world wide in recruiting his students, he tells the parents of these selected misfits to inform their kids that an apocalyptic crisis, and end of the world scenario of doom is approaching and that the only way to ensure their survival is to follow Sarge to the Academy where their lives will be saved from annihilation. A ruse of course, a lie, a devious plot and experiment to be acted out under a strict military style academy environment. Once there, they are in lock-down mode, no one can come in, no one let out. Set atop a steep cliff that plummets down to a raging sea, escape would be impossible.
What starts out as a walk in the park with the program successfully working with teens towing the line like a drugged chain gang, soon erupts into major chaos as internet servers go down, contact with the outside world is cut off, a mysterious man arrives carrying the plague, and both children and adults become mad with murderous rage trying to escape this insane prison once they realize truths and develop their own game plan of revenge. Kids become adults and the grown-ups get childish, tables turn quickly as a duo of two unlikely boys, one an epileptic Prince of a foreign republic, the other literally a 12 year old murderer, yet computer whiz, join forces to kick butt and save the day!
Great characters you will surely love, unlikely friendships and surprising betrayals, clever children and crazed adults, make this story heartwarming, exciting, innovative and very very different. I loved this novel and highly recommend it to all teens and adults who love a creative tale of speculative fiction that both entertains and makes your mind wonder! Two thumbs up, five stars!
Except Killer figures Sarge has to have a private link to the outside world, and he is determined to find it; and the last Benedictine resident on the mountain never mentions what killed all the former monks; and Sarge recruited all his permanent staff from the ranks of the desperate, and not all of them are reliable.
Killer and Teddy inadvertently let a monster virus infect the computer base, just as a plague is carried up from the catacombs. Now they are truly isolated, unless Killer can turn his skills to practical use against a binary enemy; and they'll die in droves unless the alcoholic doctor climbs out of his bottle.
The huge surprise of Enclave is the author. Kit Reed is not the 26 year old marine I expected to see after reading five chapters. The bio-pic on the dust jacket shows an elderly New England teacher with parchment skin and eyes that are a Venn diagram of sharp and wise. She must have picked up her street slang from her students. She has previously been nominated for both the World Fantasy Award and the James Tiptree Award.