It's been 50 years since the Great Crash and what was once America is now a collection of enclaves, governed on the local level and only loosely tied together by the farce of a federal government. Catawba, one of the largest and most affluent enclaves in the southern states, is relatively stable and maintains a successful business of trade with nearby enclaves, including the one at Charlotte Township. But when a new vein of gold is found beneath the feet of those in Catawba, it's only a matter of time before trouble finds them.
Now the future of Catawba may be in the hands of an untried 21-year-old trader named Caleb. And Caleb knows that if his secret were ever to come out, he would never see another dawn.
Genre: Christian Sci-Fi/Suspense
Goodreads Rating: 3.79 Stars
Why I Chose This Book
I have been wanting to read a dystopian novel for a little while. Something different for a change. When Thomas Locke came out with a new dystopian series I thought I would give it a go.
First Initial Thoughts
Nearly a hundred years after the Great Crash, America is no longer America. It is a bunch of “enclaves”. Each enclave has a specific role/industry. I found it to be similar to Hunger Games in that aspect minus the games part. What I did like is that Thomas didn’t really explain what the Great Crash was - just enough to know that it devastated the country enough that America crumbled. It leaves it up the readers imagination and interpretation to what happened.
Catawba is one of the largest Enclaves and the people are starting to hear of a group of people who have abilities. These people have abilities like reading minds, healing others, etc. Which I could find similar to certain stories from the Bible.
Caleb is a young man who lives in Catawba. One day when there is a dispute among families he finds out that he has an ability to tell whether something bad is going to happen - and others find out. So he must flee the enclave.
Kevin is a sherif deputy. Secretly he and his mother are brining refugees across to other Enclaves through the Underground railroad. However, he is caught by the government and given a choice. Either his family and himself get executed or he captures those that have special abilities and brings them back to the government.
Dystopian novels always have a eery feeling. Some can seem a little far fetched but others like Enclave sound realistic. And that is what is freighting about it. The plot line of the story is something that could actually happen. Thomas creates a world that is desperate, devastated, and hopeless. They never knew the world as it once was - only rumors. I found this aspect to be quite depressing.
One thing I noted about Enclave, is that it read slow. Slow throughout the entire book. Sometimes a book can pick up after page 100 or so but this one just kept dragging on in my opinion. However, if this is a new series, I could see that maybe Thomas was setting things up for a next book, and maybe the next book will be more action packed.
I also noticed that whenever action did occur it was kind of hard to follow. A lot of it just suddenly happened and there wasn’t enough transition to understand completely what was going on. I also noticed as I was reading this book I was lost most of the time. I kind of felt like I was reading the second book in a series and was missing important details.
What I found interesting is that God was not mentioned at all throughout this novel. Religion was somewhat mentioned - and I could read themes of it throughout the story. However, it seemed like no one was practicing Christianity or any other religion. If this is a series, I hope that Thomas explores this further in the series because it was kind of confusing.
Despite its shortcomings, I did enjoy the story and the characters. I liked Zeke the most. His ability was being a skilled warrior. I admired that he struggled with his ability to be warrior. He felt guilty for the actions he made but also did them to help those he loved.
Would I Recommend?
Yes and no. While I didn’t enjoy this book fully, some may like it!
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Are you a fan of dystopian books? If so, which books/series are your favorites?