Series: Razorland #3
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Published on October 29th 2013
Genres: Death & Dying, Dystopian, Friendship, Monsters, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Thriller, Violence, Young Adult, Zombies
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.
I love you. Not just when it’s easy. All the time.
Razorland has got to be one of my favorite series of all time! If you don’t know what the series is about, well, it’s a post-apocalyptic tale of humanity and what it was reduced to after the Virus was let out, causing humans to mutate, and eat each other. It’s basically about zombies. But are they really zombies?
Horde is the final book from the trilogy. It continues on from the previous book, Outpost, where Fade and Deuce were instructed by Elder Bigwater to journey towards Soldier’s Pond to seek help in defeating the horde of Muties, or “Freaks”. During the previous book, they found out that the Freaks have discovered the use of fire. Not only do they know how to use it, they were changing. They used to stink like nobody’s business, then all of a sudden, they can sneak up on you and steal fire!
We follow Fade, Deuce, Tegan and Stalker to another adventure. This time, the war against the horde.
I absolutely adored Deuce in this book. She’s grown to become a really kick-ass heroine! She’s strong-willed, passionate, and she has learned so many things since going Topside. A fierce Huntress who became a warrior! She’s adapted very well to being a part of a family, but she didn’t lose her strength of character and her determination to help eliminate the Freaks.
Fade was still suffering from an inner turmoil. Something really bad happened to him in the previous book which affected him and his relationship with other people, especially towards Deuce. He didn’t like being touched, unless he was the one who initiated it. Even though that was the case, Deuce was very patient with him, and she tried her best to wait for him to make any moves. Other than that, Fade was still tough as nails and a fantastic fighter.
The relationship between Fade and Deuce started off as innocent, but as the story progressed from Enclave, to Outpost, and here, Horde, it flourished into a more mature, but stronger love affair. The love between them was so obvious, and yet, romantic moments in this book were so little, but I liked how they weren’t all the time, because it made all those moments feel so much like gems. A rarity that magnified the amount of love and devotion that they have for each other. It made me melt every. single. time.
I feared a love like this—that made us incomplete without each other. It was beautiful but treacherous, like snow that looked white and pure and lovely from the safety of your window, but when you stepped out to touch the softness, the cold first stole your breath, and then your will to move, until you could just lay down in it and let the numbness take you.
The transformation of the other characters, such as Stalker and Tegan, were evident in this book. I loved how, in Deuce’s perspective, she was able to tell their stories, on how they’ve matured, especially Stalker’s character. Although he had a really bad past, he became more likeable. He was able to prove himself worth it to be someone’s ally and friend.
This book really blew me out of the water! My expectations were met and more! Aguirre didn’t fail to insert a lot of action-packed scenes, and she didn’t hold back on the gore, which I liked! She was able to answer all the questions that we, her readers, have been asking from the start. Such as the origins of the Freaks, and what happened with the previous civilization. The story was a little on the heavy side, however, if you live in a world with Freaks, and you’re trying to fight an unwinnable war, I’d reckon you’d feel emotionally charged all the time!
It takes more courage to heal the world’s hurts than to inflict them.
Overall, the story grabbed me with fierce snappers and sharp claws! From Girl15 to Deuce who saved the world.
This is the story written in the bones, and that homage will continue as long as the world turns, until it loses its ragged edge, and new heroes arise.
If you haven’t started reading this series, what are you waiting for? Start NOW!
Read from November 01 to 08, 2013
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