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Outpost (Razorland Book 2) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 332 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
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Deuce, Fade, Stalker, and Tegan have to adjust to a whole new way of life in Salvation. While Tegan fits in quickly, Deuce and Stalker find themselves just a little left of center, while Fade draws farther away from them. I really love Deuce's outlook on life. She's disarmingly honest -- whether it's about breeding or her own feelings -- and she understands what it takes to survive in a world where Freaks are on the loose.
Given her upbringing, I thought her slow puzzling through her feelings for Fade was perfect. She's not sure what to make of her foster mother because she's never had someone who cared about her without her giving something for it. She understands Stalker better than most because she knows what it's like to be in his shoes. He's doing what he knows because it's what he's been taught. Deuce has come to realize that the Elders made her no better than him by feeding her lies and twisting the truth until it was unrecognizable.
And then there's Fade. Everything about that boy makes me want to weep. Unlike Deuce, he knows what a loving family should look like. He's put in a crappy situation in Salvation and he suffers for it. He feels very emotionally fragile to me and I LOVE how Deuce tries to reach out to him. I love a lot of things about their relationship, to be honest. It's messy and danger is constantly surrounding them, but the crazy makes it somehow sweeter.
Bad things happen on a lot of levels here and I was wound up from the first page. I still am and it's been several days since I finished the book. That's some good story telling!
*deep breath* Okay, I'm ready for Horde.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
First of all, I do want to say that even though this was a very good book, it wasn't as good as Enclave. Enclave moved ahead at a breakneck speed, offering adventure, excitement, horror, and yes, romance. Deuce and Fade fit together so well, it was almost hard to have Tegan and Stalker join them Topside. Don't misunderstand me. I love Tegan, but care not a whit for Stalker. I don't care if he does a 180 turn from the vile boy he was, I still find him creepy. Yes, In understand he grew up in a dangerous, loveless world, and had to do what he did in order to survive...blah..blah..blah! I just know that if Fade were in his place, he would have made some different decisions about raping helpless young girls, and keeping them against their will. Fade is moral down to his core, and even if Stalker grows to become a moral person, it still won't ring true for me. Frankly, I'm surprised that Ms. Aguirre, who I judge to be an excellent writer and storyteller, would try to make Stalker part of a love triangle. I love Fade for Deuce. He's good for her and helps her to find her humanity. He can match her on the battlefield as her equal, yet be the warm, caring boy she needs away from it. Fade helps Deuce to find her softer side, something that Stalker can never do. And what is it with him anyway? He keeps trying to kiss her even when she's repeatedly told him no. I guess when you've watched young girls screaming not to be raped and still let the boys in your gang do it, you really don't get the concept of NO! Ms. Aguirre doesn't say he didn't rape any of the girls himself, so the assumption is that he partook in that horrific behavior too.
As for the actual storyline, the first part of the book is incredibly slow. I almost forgot about the horrors lurking outside the walls of Salvation for a while. While it was interesting to delve more into their characters, and introduce a loving family into Deuce's life, it went on for a little too long. Deuce at times came across as smug in her judgment of the people of Topside, particularly the women. Yes, I understand that they were narrow-minded and judgmental themselves and treated Deuce cruelly with their teasing and gossip, but her opinion of them was hardly any better.
I also get frustrated with storylines where misunderstandings can be cleared up with just a straight heart-to-heart conversation. The silence between Deuce and Fade could have been cleared up within the first week. And what's with allowing Stalker into her bedroom whenever he wanted?
About Fade, is it necessary to make him the whipping boy in this installment? First he loses Deuce, which breaks his heart even though he steps aside so that she can be happy; second, he gets whipped to within an inch of his back by his foster father, because he's still in love with her and snaps back at the man, and also breaks the man's rules by following her and Stalker to the house where they spar. That was bad enough. Then he gets kidnapped by the Freaks and broken in body and spirit? Seriously?? If he doesn't end up with Deuce at the end of the series, or ends up dying for her, leaving a clear field for Stalker, I'll be heartbroken.
Ms. Aguirre's intention is to keep us guessing and wanting more, like any talented author. I would venture to say that she certainly achieved that goal with flying colors.
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Outpost started off pretty strong. The gang was adjusting to life in Salvation instead of fighting for their lives in the wild.Read more