Saturday, November 17, 2012

November Novellas (#2): Endurance (Razorland #1.5) by Ann Aguirre

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Title: Endurance (Razorland #1.5)
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: July 20, 2012

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My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

When rebellion destroys the underground world in which Thimble and Stone have grown up, they take Stone’s son and try to escape the chaos. Along the way, they must evade the Freaks, beings who feed on human flesh. Leaving behind the roles of Builder and Breeder which they were assigned at birth, they wander the underground tunnels, looking for safety yet afraid to go “topside” where legend has it that the light and water will burn their skin from their bones.

Their journey takes them upward to an unimagined world of tinned food, comfortable furniture, and books. Away from their regimented society for the first time, and still facing imminent danger, Thimble and Stone acknowledge the forbidden attraction which both have denied for years.

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After reading Enclave, I often wondered about Stone and Thimble. What happened after Deuce and Fade left? Did Stone and Thimble believe what they had been told, and had they really turned their backs on Deuce? Most importantly, was there any way they could survive without Deuce’s huntress skills and the protection she offered? And what about the hint of an attraction between the two? I love that this novella answers those very questions.

I’m so happy Ann Aguirre wrote this poignant short story. I had high hopes for these two characters, and while I could never be disappointed in the perfection that is Enclave, I found myself wishing for any kind of news about what might be going on with Stone and Thimble, but I understand that any new information pertaining to these characters wouldn’t fit into the direction Enclave was taking.

Endurance was a perfect way to give us a glimpse into what happened in the days following Deuce’s departure. What transpires with Stone, Thimble, and Boy23 is exciting and, at times, so endearing:

“Sometimes, when the Wordkeeper was in a good mood,
he read stories to the brats from the archives. 
There had been one book about magic, where brats could do magic,
and they went to a special school to learn how. 
Maybe it hadn’t been just a made-up thing, like all the brats said. 
Maybe magic was real.”

Oh.My.Heart. He is so adorable. The peek into Stone’s thoughts was one of my favorite aspects of Endurance. It was a definite case of “Never judge a book by its cover.”
“'Don’t belittle yourself. I won’t hear of it.'
'Maybe we should accept that we make the perfect team…'”

I don’t want to get carried away and say anything else that could be viewed as spoilery, so I’ll stop here. I think fans of this series will enjoy this novella, especially those who adore these two engaging friends.


chelesiggy

10 comments:

  1. I love that you love Enclave so much! Ann just never disappoints. I think she should write a bad book OUT OF SPITE, just to show that she can. :P

    I have this e-novella, but i haven't yet read it. I'm waiting to become really desperate for Horde (which is written, btw), and then I'll read it to make myself feel better.
    Fantastic review!

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  2. o.o I so need to read this series, you mention some elements that I love. I love these little side novella's that give us more world building.

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  3. I had no idea there was a novella about Stone and Thimble. Inwould love to know what happened to them as well. Thanks for letting me know about this one!

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  4. I completely forgot about this novella! I remember stumbling across it on Goodreads a while ago but haven't had a chance to check it out since. The first book was a great read for me so I'm sure I'll enjoy this. Brilliant review!

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  5. I've had Enclave for over a year and still need to read it. Something about this series just scares me off. Not sure why that is.
    I'm glad you enjoyed Endurance. I'll definitely give it a try at some point!

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  6. Well, I'm sure you know what I'm going to say....

    One day...

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  7. Sounds like a great novella. It is great to catch up with favorite characters. :)
    ~Stephanie

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  8. Your killing me with these awesome reviews..my finger is just itching to click, buy this series!

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  9. Great review. I bought Enclave recently, but haven't had a chance to read it. It sounds like a really good series.

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  10. glad you loved it and I enjoyed your review. I have heard great things about this series, from you and others so i look forward to giving it a try sometime.

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