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Outpost (The Razorland Trilogy) Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Deuce, Fade, Tegan and Stalker has finally found a place that (seems to be) safe and they are relieved to be rid of the danger of Freaks, but there are problems of a different kind at Salvation. For one, Deuce and Fade are so different from the teens here, there are constantly teased and ridiculed. Girls are expected to cook and sew and wear pretty dresses here, and Deuce cannot tolerate these rules. She joins the summer patrols to protect the growers only to be threatened for indecent activities. She does find a family for the first time in her life when she is taken in by a loving and understanding couple - it is here she learns tenderness and devotion and the meaning of love.
Once she joins the Outpost to protect the town's crops from the Freaks, Deuce stars noticing strange things such as fire being stolen from the campsite, and she realizes what this means - the Freaks are growing sneaky and more intelligent and they seem to have a personal grudge against the humans! Nobody listens to her, and eventually, her dear Fade and his tent-mate are taken from the campsite to a giant settlement of Freaks and only Deuce and Stalker can save them.
Outpost's pace is a lot slower than Enclave and most dystopians I have read, but I suppose that's what makes this book so unique.Read more ›
Deuce, Fade, Tegan, and Stalker were taken in by the people of Sanctuary, but they certainly weren't accepted by everyone immediately. Given to different foster parents, they found themselves suddenly immersed in a society that had survived within tall walls and relatively removed from the Freaks who roamed the countryside. They almost never came face to face with the Freaks, animal-like humanoids with terrifying teeth and claws, and they certainly couldn't defend themselves against them. Deuce and the others were well-trained in Freak combat, but Sanctuary saw them as children, not the lethal hunters they actually were. Forced to go to school and act like proper boys and girls, Deuce and the others struggle to fit into Sanctuary.
When the crops are destroyed by the Freaks, it becomes clear they are no longer mindless roaming monsters with no intellect. After a couple of calculated attacks, Sanctuary is forced to acknowledge that the Freaks are getting smarter and Sanctuary is in danger. When Deuce, Fade, and Stalker offer to set up an outpost to protect the crops, the rest of the town is shamed into sending adults with them. Leaving the walls is terrifying for the people of Sanctuary, but so is starving through the winter with no crops to eat. Once they establish the outpost, however, it becomes clear the situation with the Freaks has escalated to a point that leaves Sanctuary vulnerable.Read more ›
ENCLAVE was a fast pace survival story. Deuce and Fade literally ran for their lives through most of the book. The story kept me up late at night, glued to the pages, needing to know what happened next.
OUTPOST was regrettably easy to put down each night, and left me yearning for harsh landscapes and nail biting action of its predecessor. This sequel feels more like a YA romance. It focuses on character development and relationships instead of conflict.
Deuce finds some measure of peace in Salvation. In the relative tranquility of that protected outpost she no longer has to worry about survival, instead she's forced to tackle issues simultaneously more complicated and trivial - boys, school, chores, family, dances, appearing normal to avoid censure from the town matriarchs, and (on a slightly more exciting note) some scouting and guarding. There is no ENCLAVE-worthy action for the first three quarters of the book.
Instead the story focuses on Deuce's physiological development: learning to accept care from others and give it in return; how to belong without sacrificing one's identity; and how to be a girl, not just a hunter. This is all good stuff. Necessary even. Deuce needed to grow- her upbringing left her with a singularly skewed world view. The Deuce of ENCLAVE was brave, but she was also highly naive and lacked empathy - a dangerous combination. From her old perspective, the good of the many always outweighed the good of the one. This mindset allowed her to rationalize some pretty atrocious actions committed by elders, companions, and even sometimes herself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this book. Fast, easy read that'll keep you on the edge of your seat. Can't wait to read #3!Published 2 months ago by Brarris
It was a good continuation of the previous book by the end I was over the characters the unneeded drama they created.Published 3 months ago by kaleyanne
This book was my favorite from the series. I liked how Deuce had to try to remember that she was no longer underground and get adjusted to everything.Published 5 months ago by Candace Robinson
This entire series was amazing. I had been searching for another series to read for a while and I am glad that I stumbled upon this one.Published 7 months ago by caramello63
This book was so good! I loved the first one and I loved this one. I can't wait to read the third book!!!!!Published 7 months ago by Jamie Tucker