Horde closes out the Razorland trilogy with plenty of fight scenes, twists including the revelation of the origins of the Freaks, emotional moments between characters in a setting that is violent, bloody, and the despair level is at a high level after watching communities fall to the Horde's masses.
There's a surprising reunion of characters from a previous book, and above all, there are plenty of Deuce and Fade moments which was so not apparent when the story started since Fade was experiencing his own brand of hell and the unknown.
This, this is how finales are supposed to be written! This is how you write a book that includes a peek into the future where the characters haven't wasted years of their lives not remembering who they once loved because of some misconstrued situation or event or mistake that one of the other characters might have made or the authors desire to shake things up for the helluva it.
This is how you write a finale where while the human race is at it's most vulnerable, and there's no real hope against a Horde of freaks who are determined to wipe the human race out, but where characters stand up and unite behind a common cause because of one girls determination to fight back with every ounce of her being.
It became apparent that Aguirre genuinely cares for her characters to the point that when one of them falls, you actually felt her hesitation in writing them off, and the heartbreak that came along with it. I'm thankful for Tegan's growth and changes she experiences and the fact that she becomes almost as strong a character as Deuce in facing challenge after challenge. I'm thankful for the fact that Fade didn't remain 100 percent broody and loathsome and hateful and just down right painful to read about.
Deuce shall go down in my book as one of the bravest, most determined, lovable, adorable, kick ass characters that the Young Adult genre has ever created. Her moniker of the Huntress doesn't fully describe who she really is, but because of it and her reputation as a hardcore fighter, it allows her to bring together communities and even surprising allies in order to save the remaining humans from ultimate destruction at the hands of the Horde.
I think one of the more surprising aspects of Horde for me was Deuce's relationship with her new adoptive family in Edmund, Momma Oak, and Rex. Deuce has always been a person who has gone her own way, made her own choices, and fought for what she believes is right. When it came to understanding that there are people who love her, and will support her no matter who she is, I think it finally broke through her exterior to her heart and allowed her to believe that there is a possible future for everyone.
Horde is an awesome story that takes our core group of characters on an amazing journey and intertwines it with romance, friendship, danger, surprises, and an wonderful ending.
*I borrowed this book from my local library, therefore, no monies transferred hands. My review is based on my thoughts and feelings and in no way should be taken as an effort by me to have you purchase the book.*
Author - Ann Aguirre
Title - Horde (Razorland # 3)
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Released: October 29, 2013
Genre - Young Adult Dystopian