Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Book Review: The Apocalypse Gene

BookThe Apocalype Gene by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark, July 30th 2011 by Parker Publishing, 230 pages.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Global pandemic is raging.

Olivya Wright-Ono's once loving home has been converted to a hospice for the dying. Her ability to see auras forces her to witness, with agonizing detail, the vibrant colors of life consumed by malignancy.

The beautiful and troubled, Mikah, is an elite Empath in the ancient Kindred clan, led by the brooding, ever-morphing, monster named Prime. Mikah has learned a terrible truth . . . the plague is linked to Kindred origins. When Olivya sees evidence of disease creeping into her mother's aura, she has no one to turn to but Mikah. Can he unearth the Kindred secrets and find a cure?

Can she trust this boy whose power allows him to manipulate her very emotions? With her mother's life, and that of the world, in the balance, Olivya and Mikah embark on a quest to stop the Pandemic, only to discover it is far, far more than a mere disease . . .

My Thoughts:
This was an interesting book - different from what I expected, but in a good way.  I thought it would be a typical dystopian novel but it wasn't.  It has alien and science fiction overtones which add to the fantasy and paranormal, and gives it a unique twist.  It was also obvious that the authors had done their research around various mythologies.  This gives the reader authentic and familiar aspects of the book to hold onto as they go on a wild ride.

At the heart of the book is Olivya.  Most of the book is told from her point of view, so we really get into her head and I, for one, felt a lot of sympathy for her.  She is, in many ways, a typical teen, trying to fit in and have some fun, but in a very different, restrictive, and fear based culture.  I liked Olivya, but at times found her speech a bit much - she uses a lot of slang.  What I did like about Olivya was how strong she is.  She won't put up with anyone getting in her way and isn't scared to stand up for herself and what she believes in.

The writing had some great description and each characters was really defined.  The world the authors created was interesting and believable, complete with lots of action and romance.  I loved the premise of the cancer gone crazy and found the imagination involved compelling.  There are times, however, when the book gets a bit repetitive, but, for the most part, I found myself racing through, wanting to know what would happen next.


  1. Hello Coreena!

    Thank you for taking the time to read and review our book!

    If anyone has any question, please fire away, we'll be glad to answer.

    Carlyle & Suki

    1. It was my pleasure! Maybe we can do an interview sometime.


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