Genre: Futuristic fiction
# of Pages: 262
2014 Iowa High School Award Winner
In this futuristic novel, Deuce is a huntress who lives underground in an enclave. Humans have moved underground because life above ground is believed to be uninhabitable. Her hunting partner, Fade, is very mysterious and there are rumors that at some point he has been above ground. Together they work in the tunnels surrounding their enclave to find food for their people, but it dangerous work since there are many mutated “Freaks” in the tunnels fighting them for food. When Deuce is officially allowed to finish her training and go into the tunnels she is surprised by how well the Freaks seem to fight. She was taught that they were simple minded and easy to fool, but they appear to strategize and work together to outsmart the other fighters. Meanwhile, a good friend of Deuce’s is accused of a crime she knows he did not commit so she takes the blame and is exiled to live above ground. Surprisingly, Fade stands with her. Can they survive above ground? Will the enclave be safe without them to help defend the colony?
Fans of futuristic novels like Divergent and The Maze Runner will enjoy this novel because it does have a different spin on the genre. Deuce is a very strong female character who will not give in to pressure to change her opinions or beliefs. The story itself moves quickly with a lot of action which will pull in those reluctant readers who do not like slow moving plots.