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The Razorland Trilogy is a dystopian YA novel series by Ann Aguirre. It began in 2011, with the novel Enclave. It takes place in an After the End setting, with most of civilization living in underground enclaves and usually dying before they're thirty. The first three books were packaged as a Trilogy, but in 2017, Vanguard was released making the term a bit outdated.

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  • Battle Couple: Deuce and Fade start out as reluctant partners in the first book (Enclave), but by the third (Horde) they are battling Freaks side-by-side.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Silk is the leader of the Hunters in College, and purposefully sends new Hunters on suicide missions so they can learn lessons about respect.
  • Love Triangle: Both Fade and Stalker have a crush on Deuce. She is unaware until about mid-way through Outpost.
  • One-Word Title: Each story released up to 2017 has only single-word titles; Enclave (2011), Outpost (2012), "Foundation" (2012, Short Story), "Endurance" (2012, Short Story), "Restoration" (2013, Short Story), Horde (2013), and Vanguard (2017).
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  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Fade's given first name is revealed midway through the first book (Enclave), but his family name is never given (which he knows because he was raised by his father). He refuses to respond to his given name after being taken in by the College enclave.
  • Only One Name: Deuce, Stalker, and Tegan are all introduced with only one name for each of them. Eventually, Deuce and Tegan begin introducing themselves with their adopted family's last name. Stalker stays Stalker.
  • Simple Staff: During Horde, Tegan adopts a staff as her signature weapon, since she isn't permitted to travel in Company D without knowing how to fight.
  • The Storyteller: Morrow serves as the storyteller for Company D. Eventually, he writes his stories down.
  • Trilogy Creep: Enclave, Outpost, and Horde were published between 2011-2013, forming a Trilogy. Then, in 2017, Vanguard was released.
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Alternative Title(s): Enclave, Foundation Aguirre

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