Sunday, May 18, 2014

Book Review: Horde

Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre

And we're right back in it. And there's a lot to be in. The final chapter of the Razorland triology could easily by two books. And it would have been fair to do so, if only it weren't the rule that this genre be in trilogies and not quadrilogies. I know I'm critical of long books, wishing that the authors had tightened up the writing, edited themselves and so on. (Kind of like I should have done with this sentence.)

However, in this case, I really wouldn't cut anything. But it does read as two acts. You know what's coming... the titular horde has been growing and something's gotta give. The uneasy tension or looming disaster has to get all resolved before the end of the book. But how? The odds seem too great.

Having seen first-hand what happened when the enclaves of New York refused to work together and then again what happened to Salvation, Deuce is convinced that the key to the survival of the human race is to band together to stand up to the horde. Sadly, this message is not an easy sell.

Deuce finds herself with a small army and they begin to travel from town to town to recruit for their army. The soldiers are weary, exhausted, too small to take on the horde and discouraged. Time for a change in tactics. All this is an opportunity for further growth of our young heroes as the battle looms ever closer.

I don't want to spoil the story for you, but it's what you expect and what you don't expect, a satisfying conclusion that's not entirely forgone. When all is said and done, you can see elements of the journey stretching back all the way to the first book, an author who knew where she was going and who delivers. (Which is sadly what I couldn't say for Mockingjay and Allegiant.)

Enclave (My Review,

Outpost (My Review,

Horde (
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