Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Deuce of Spades is No Longer the Lowest Card

"Beautiful. And ugly. The world is always both."
--Ann Aguirre, Horde

Genre: YA Dystopia, Apocalyptic
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, 432 pages
Publication Date: October 29th, 2013
Source: Bought
Previous Books in Series: Enclave & Outpost
Goodreads Description

The horde is coming.

Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love.

Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn't been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.

This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.

The Belle
The Conclusion. This book was exactly what a third and final book in a series. I feel like quite a few final books are so worried about tying up loose ends that it feels like a race to the finish. What I loved most about this book was that it was still a story. It continued to tell Deuce's journey and what she went through. It didn't try and wrap things up immediately and resolve things. Hell to the no. This was a complete story. Deuce still had a lot of work to do and things were NOT easy. She worked for every inch she gained. The pacing was perfect. Ann Aguirre truly wrote a cohesive and complete story. I was SO impressed by the writing and how things played out; I found it refreshing and simply fantastic.

The Strength. Deuce is a fighter. She is smart, courageous, and doesn't give up. She fails. A lot. Her journey is realistic and her fight is brutal. I loved seeing her grow and develop into her own person and finally start to accept the love that is so obviously around her. I loved seeing her be independent yet ask for and accept help when she needs it. Her relationship with Fade doesn't come easy either. But it is so worth it all in the end. I loved how she accepted him and NEVER gave up on him. These two are a phenomenal couple and what I love best is that they are a team. They work together. They trust each other inherently. They are partners. I LOVE this. 

The Outsiders. Our periphery characters are also what make this story brilliant. Stalker, Tegen, Momma Oaks, and all the new faces we meet bring so much depth to the story. It gives the story life and love and heartbreak but it makes it real. This isn't just about Deuce and Fade, these Freaks affect everyone and everyone has loved ones they want to protect. While the story is brutal and harsh and not entirely happy, the core of this story is about love and survival and sacrifice for the greater good. Y'all know how I love my triumph over evil stories, right?

The Message. No spoilers here but there is another entire element about acceptance and looking beyond prior judgments and prejudices. Again, love and acceptance and understanding is the heart (see what I did there?) of this story. 

The Beast
???...To be honest, I can't really think of anything that didn't work. More kissing? Like with Champion, I can never have enough of the tender moments. But let me tell you...Fade and Deuce...hotachacha.

Should You RSVP to this Ball? 
Yes! This trilogy is a complete story beginning to end. The arc of the journey starts in the dark underground and ends up going to places of light and love that you never see coming. If you haven't read it yet, I would definitely recommend. Dystopia and post-apocalyptic lovers will devour and binge read this story!

1 comment:

  1. I've been holding off on this series because of the love triangle, but I hear it's more of a love T, so I should really get on this....


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