by Ann Aguirre
YA Post Apocalyptic
Published: September 4th 2012
Deuce's whole world has changed.
Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she's a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn't fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.
To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven't changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.
Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols-those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They're watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don't intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.
Overall I really liked Outpost. It wasn't as exciting as Enclave was, but it was still brilliant and a fantastic read. Outpost does start out a little slow. It really picks up once the summer planting starts and you see outside the wall.
Deuce is really trying to fit-in in Salvation, but is having a really hard time because of how she grew up. She is not a girly-girl like she is expected to be. She is a fighter - and always will be. You really see her struggle in this book with trying to maintain who she is in a town that she doesn't really like at first. She is also struggling with her almost non-existent relationship with Fade (who is very stupid in this book). He likes her, but won't talk to her - then he likes her and will talk to her - then back to not talking again. Make. Up. Your. Mind!
O.M.G. did I cry towards the end. I won't give away who, but a beloved character dies in battle. But it was a great way for the character to go - sort of an honor for them.
I can't wait to read Horde. I am really excited to learn how the Freaks become how they are (nope - not zombies!!!).