Welcome to YA Friday! Today I am looking at Outpost, book 2 in the Razorland trilogy, by Ann Aguirre.
Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan have made it to the city of Salvation and finally have a chance to heal from their battles. Each of them is placed with a different foster family and given town jobs. Things are very strange for Deuce. She is a grown woman and a huntress in the eyes of her old enclave, but topsoil she is considered a kid, and worse the town has strict codes about how a woman should act.
However, things aren't as safe as the town's people believe. Deuce and her friends discover a village of Freaks in the forest. When the Freaks attack the town's crops, Deuce has a chance to whip out her knives and do what she does best, fight. Now a part of the protection detail, Deuce feels more like herself and she finally figures out Fade's feelings towards herself. Love blossoms, but all too soon Fade is taken by Freaks, and Deuce races against the odds to save him. What she discovers will change her world.
I am thoroughly enjoying this series. I love the character of Deuce. She is strong, brave and courageous yet, she allows herself room to understand the new world around herself. I was super excited when she finally gets to fight and show the menfolk her skills. Her to side characters, Fade and Stalker are true partners and tough individuals. The love triangle between them is fun because truly both guys love Deuce and are good to her.
The post apocalyptic world the character's live in seems real. The town they are in developed from a group of plague survivors that rationalized that the world feel apart because of the iniquity of man, thus the strict rules. The Freaks are great antagonists. They're like zombies, but are really mutants. They are terrifying and as they evolve are becoming true challenges. The tension runs high as the town slowly realizes their danger.
I can't wait to read book 3, Horde. 5 stars.