Killer of Enemies

Killer of Enemies

Book - 2013
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Years ago, seventeen year old Apache hunter Lozen and her family lives in a world of haves and have-nots. There were the Ones (people so augmented with technology and genetic enhancements that they were barely human) and there was everyone else who served the Ones.
Then the Cloud came, and everything changed. Tech stopped working. The world plunged back into a new steam age. The Ones' pets - genetically engineered monsters - turned on them and are now loose on the world.
Lozen was not one of the lucky ones pre-C, but fate has given her a unique set of survival skills and magical abilities. She hunts monsters for the Ones who survived the apocalyptic events of the Cloud, which ensures the safety of her kidnapped family. But with every monster she takes down, Lozen's powers grow, and she connects those powers to an ancient legend of her people. It soon becomes clear to Lozen that she is not just a hired gun... Lozen is meant to be a hero.

Publisher: New York : Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2013.
ISBN: 9781620141434
Branch Call Number: YA BRU


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Brin_B Jun 08, 2017

The first book in Bruchac's (Abenaki/English/Slovak) Killer of Enemies trilogy is packed with action and lionhearted characters.

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JCLTomE Nov 23, 2016

You'll recognize some of the ideas, but the fantastic, unique setting and a great main character make this book an easy addition to your 'read soon' list.

AL_BRIDGET Aug 30, 2016

This is a really solid action packed adventure. There are hints of the supernatural, genetically modified creatures, an interesting backstory, and lots of Native American details. This isn't a book about the main character being Apache, but it's also not a book that just throws out a single detail about her heritage and moves on with the story. Great fast read that keeps you hooked.

Chapel_Hill_MarkR Feb 15, 2016

When Joseph Bruchac (who is both a prolific and fine writer) sat down to write this book, I like to think that he thought "Hmmm, what SF tropes should I include?". And then he couldn't decide so he put in ALL of them. There are elements of Buffy the Vampire Slayer slayers and vampires, cyberpunk, traditional monsters and spirits, genetically engineered monsters, ESP and more, all set in post-apocalyptic world where...... well you get the idea. The only trope that doesn't turn up are the Dragons of Pern, but their influence is apparent in book 2. What I really like about this book is the blend of Native American cultures and beliefs that tie this book together. It's an adventurous romp with a strong female lead - give it a go.

Jul 20, 2015

I enjoyed this!! At first I was skeptical at the title, but it was very cool to see its deeper meaning and its true historical namesake. Normally I can't take a lot of action all at once, but the author's narration kept me intrigued- especially with the small parts of Spanish here and there :) What I really loved though is how Joseph Bruchac slipped in a subtle but really, really enjoyable romance in there, with characters who had depth to it. (The twist on some of the Ones and seeing villains with depth was great).

mvkramer Jul 22, 2014

This books was a classic two-star for me - a quick read that's enjoyable if you don't think too hard about it.

Mar 03, 2014

Oh my. It's like a post apocalyptic take on a superhero that's Native American. Very different unique premise that keeps the Native American theme running strong. I thoroughly enjoyed her active adventurers and the dilemmas that she had. Excellent descriptive tone with out being too wordy. I would highly recommend this for middle school and high school or's. It's like nothing you've ever read before. Definitely a sleeper hit.

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