Aquirre, Ann. Horde (series Razorland Trilogy: Book 3). Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends 2013 422p $17.99 ISBN 978-1-250-02463-3 ms/hs Science fiction VG-BN
In this continuation of the Razorland Trilogy, Horde brings Deuce and Fade together in a fight that will decide the future of the world. In their travels to a town unscathed by the hordes of Freaks roaming earth to take control, Deuce and Fade make new contacts, form an army and use guerilla tactics to take down as many of their enemy as possible. They realize their limitations against a horde so heavily populated with members, and a large part of their fight involves problem-solving. Along the way, author Ann Aguirre teams them up with warriors of equal abilities and answers readers’ questions about the origin of the Muties, and she teaches a message of cooperation in a surprise ending that will leave fans of the series satisfied. Battles are realistically horrific, a trait that will please readers who like action. Deuce’s rise to leadership portrays her as unassuming yet capable, characteristics designed to teach young adult readers the concept of empowerment. Empowerment is not the theme, however. The theme is not revealed until the end of the book, and this is another facet of Aguirre’s writing that is as perfect as her dialogue and descriptive text. The relationships between warriors, between family members and between warring factions are sublime. What a great ending to a futuristic book that is both unique in plot and wise in theme.
Summary: Fade works through the PTSD caused by his imprisonment in Book 2, and his inability to reach out to Deuce is resolved, as is the conflict between the Freaks, who are growing ever more intelligent, and the townspeople, who try to preserve their way of life under the threat of annihilation.
Dystopian novels, Adventure-Fiction --Martha Squaresky