date started: 1.24.2014
date completed: 2.3.2014
meh. it was fine. at various points it read like a cheap YA version of handmaid's tale.
the narrator, gaia stone (really?!), is quick to anger and seemingly incapable of rational thought, except when in high pressure situations. she reminds me a bit of daenerys in the a song of fire and ice collection--always quick to anger and screaming about being the mother of dragons. gaia is very much like her, but without the dragons adding a degree of awe to her plight.
add to that the 'villain' isn't very villainous. sure, they take a few babies to adopt out to approved families, but their aim is to improve living conditions for all. maybe it's because i don't have a motherly bone in my body, or maybe it's because i've ready WAY too much dystopian fiction, but the enclave just isn't heinous enough to do it for me.
overall i was unimpressed and plan on culling this trilogy. the first book ended in such a way that i can deal with not reading the next two. plus, there are so many other great books out there that need my attention more.
probable next read: the dog stars by peter heller (if i make it through--i have my doubts!)