"Enclave," Kit Reed's gripping satire about children confined on a deserted island is sure to draw comparisons to "The Lord of the Flies." She explores the classic themes of order versus chaos, how the survival of a community depends on the morality of its individuals and the relationships between youngsters and adults.
Sarge Whitmore, an idealistic ex-Marine, renovates an old Benedictine monastery set on a sheer cliff on an isolated island. He turns it into a school and recruits the children of mega-wealthy parents by using the threat of war. He claims Mount Clothos will be a safe haven for the children. The rich and famous see it as a way to get rid of their troubled and rebellious offspring while Sarge plans to create a perfect military society with these rejected kids and a staff of misfits - and make millions while doing it. the kids are cut off from everything in their former lives. Sarge shows them films of wars and disasters to make them think he's protecting them from Armageddon. But disaster strikes in their impeneterable fortress. An ill stranger appears from nowhere, infection spreads and the only link to the outside world is broken.
This novel is part psychological thriller, part mystery and part dystopian science fiction. The carefully crafted plot, the use of internal dialogue and the multiple points of view to narrate engage the reader immediately. Reed portrays teenage angst perfectly. She gets inside her characters and their emotions ring true. Her characters may be flawed and immoral but they are fascinating, believable and heroic in their own way. It's a brilliant thought provoking tale and highly recommended.
Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (February 3, 2009)
Hardcover: 368 Pages