BOOK REVIEW: Horde by Ann Aguirre
Review of: Horde by Ann Aguirre (Book #3 in the Razorland Trilogy)
Genre: YA, Post-Apocalyptic
Horde is the third and final installment in Aguirre’s Razorland Trilogy. You can read my reviews of ‘Enclave’ here and the second book, ‘Outpost’, here
Horde continues to follow the story of Deuce, Fade, Stalker, and Tegan. The Freaks are coming to Salvation–it’s only a matter of time–but without reinforcements, Salvation’s meager fighting force doesn’t stand a chance against the vast numbers and increasing intelligence of the Freaks. Deuce and Fade, along with Stalker and Tegan are heading out along Longshot’s old trade routes in hopes of finding a town that will be willing to help them. As they go along though, the one thing that becomes most apparent is that the battle with the Freaks is going to be bigger than just one or even two or three towns can handle. They need a fighting force, and Deuce might be the only person with the initiative and the guts to try and solve this problem once and for all.
The thing that impressed me most about this book is just how strong of a character Deuce has become. Through the last two books she has been struggling (somewhat) to find her footing in the different environments of topside society, but she really grew through it all and becomes such a powerful character in ‘Horde’ that it kind of blew me away. There are different personal struggles in this book that ultimately lead to some more adult feelings/issues and if I was reading this with my Sophia or Klaus as a teen, we’d be discussing it together.
I was so pleased with the way this book and the series ended. Without giving away too much, I just have to say that it ends well. It’s kind of a happily-ever-after, but it fits in with the story and doesn’t seem unrealistic.
I very highly recommend this book, and the entire series by extension.
I loved it: 5 out of 5 stars.