EnclaveBook - 2011
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After some sort of apocalypse,15 year old Deuce earns her name, most people don't live till past 25. Earning six marks on her arms and is now known as a huntress, protecting and feeding her underground enclave from the dangerous FREAKS. Deuce is partners with an outsider named Fade, one of the top hunters in the enclave who claims to be from topside. The FREAKS take over the nearest enclave and are smarter then ever. Deuce and Fade try to warn the elders but they wont listen and soon Deuce and Fade are kicked out of the enclave and must find safety in the world above. Will the elders realise the mistake or is it too late? Will Deuce and Fade survive or will they be taken by the dangers above?
Fifteen-year-old Deuce has just been named, marked with three scars on each arm and become a Huntress -- charged with feeding her tribe and protecting them from the carnivorous Freaks. In Deuce's world, everyone lives underground, and few people live past twenty-five. Deuce is assigned to partner with Fade, an enigmatic Hunter who claims to have come from Topside, and together they discover that the Freaks may be more of a threat than anybody realized. But will the enclave's elders listen to them before it's too late?
In Deuce's world, an enclave deep underground, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed "brat" has trained to join one of three groups--Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear--to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave an dbring back meat to feed the group while evading the ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She's worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing's going to stop her, not even a brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce's troubles are just beginning.
Fade doesn't like following orders. Deuce has never known a boy like him before, someone as likely to touch her gently as use his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce's perception shifts, so does the balance in the battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat due to their sheer numbers, now show signs of cunning and even strategy... but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. No matter how hard she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she's ever known.
(summary quoted from inside jacket)