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What did you love best about Horde?
I like that Horde, the third and final book in the Razorland trilogy, ended properly! There were no loose ends (like the Delirium trilogy), no sudden or unpleasant surprises (like the Divergent trilogy), and no wishy-washy finales (like Sookie Stackhouse). That is not to say that there weren't any twists or surprises, but everything wrapped up nicely, without seeming false or colour-by-numbers.
Honestly, this wasn't my favourite YA series, but I did enjoy it and fans of Enclave and Outpost will absolutely LOVE it. Ann Aguirre did a great job of wrapping everything up in a satisfying way, and the epilogue was a nice touch.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
What does Emily Bauer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Emily Bauer brings a good balance of naïveté and toughness to Deuce's character.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, but that's just me, personally. As I said earlier, this wasn't my favourite series and I wasn't as in to it as I have been with other series. That doesn't mean it wasn't a good listen or a good book. Fans of the series will love Horde. I enjoyed it too.
Any additional comments?
I have been listening to this series with my pre-teen daughter and, though it's been a bit gory in spots and there have been sexual references that went over my daughter's head, I haven't really had to censor much. Horde DEFINITELY has some step-above-PG13 moments, so parents take note. It's still pretty tame compared to a lot of what is out there, but the romance factor is ramped up quite a bit compared to the other two books.
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Horde is the final book in the Razorland saga (the name derived from a quote main character Deuce gave about the land she has to traverse once she left the enclave). The book draws the series to a satisfying close thanks to the author not rushing to a quick ending.
Deuce and Fade had set off to Soldier's Pond in order to help save their new home - but help may not make it in time and the horde continues to grow. Deuce knows she will eventually have to fight the horde if any of the human settlements are to survive, But as she travels to each colony to try to enlist an army, she finds nothing but ridicule, frustration, and very different situations in each. Meanwhile, Stalker becomes more aggressive about his suit and Fade is still traumatized by his time was a prisoner of the Horde. And they are changing - in ways she could never have predicted - they are getting smarter and they are now an unstoppable force.
As with the two previous books, there is a lot of travel and then a lot of fighting. Deuce is afraid to lose any of her group and she will encounter and then make new companions as she traverses the mutie-strewn landscape. At the heart, is her growing relationship with Fade and the author spends a good amount of time building their relationship further. As well, Stalker, Teagan, and even her new family will all greatly change as the horde rewrites the rules of the game.
There was a lot of filler and a lot of repeating motifs (the doubt over Fade's mental stabliity, her own ability to lead an army, etc.). Especially considering that we all know from the very start that the book is leading up to the epic battle vs the horde at the end. But Aguirre is a competent writer and this is very easy to follow.
I enjoyed Horde and especially appreciated being able to listen to the book on Audible while driving. The narrator was excellent and really channeled Fade, Deuce and the other characters perfectly.
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