The Apocalypse Gene
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...more
Olivya wakes to another day of stink and death in her own home. Outside a global pandemic is raging. Healthy people are succumbing to all forms of cancer and dying within weeks. All existing cures and medicines are ineffective against the deadly disease. No one can explain why cancer is ravaging through the population. Olivya's mother to make ends meet, converted their home into a hospice care...more
The Apocalypse Gene (TAG) is a work of speculative fiction. It's dystopian because the neighborhoods are community hospices where law-abiding citizens are either government-paid health caretakers or terminally ill patients. It's apocalyptic because there is an incurable plague and a looming future for the extinction of the human race. It's young adult because the main characters are teenagers. It's cyberpunk because the internet is a virtual reality world of its own. It's urb...more
When I picked up this book after looking at the description, I thought that it would be a run-of-the-mill dystopian novel. Boy was I wrong!
There were parts of the book which had me going, “What? That did not just happen! This is impossible.” There are some hard-to-believe segments in the book if you are expecting a normal story grounded in reality. But once you accept the fact that this is mainly a science fiction / fantasy novel, things start to get...more
The first pages set a rather gloomy and deeply touching mood, I was totally taken with Olivya and the situation of...more
Even though this was intended to be a YA book, it reads well enough for adult readers. The authors were trying for some teen sounding speech and angst which wasn't their finest hour, but it did fi...more
From the start, the book invited me in with its vast array of potential. The possibilities of this story were indeed great. And just the first chapter showed just how good the author’s imagination can be.
Set in an apocalyptic future, the author captures the gritty scenes beautifully. The hard choices one has to make, the life and the hardships...more
Fantasy is not a genre I read a lot. Why? Because I like the basis of reality (yeah yeah, I know I read Zombie books but they are possible, honest!) and sometimes find it hard to wrap my head around the whole deal. However, although The Apocalypse Gene is a fantasy novel, I didn’t find it difficult to be drawn into, and believe in the world created.
The characters are three-dimensional and real, and by the end of the book I had the feeli...more
In the not-too-distant future, the world is in the grips of a deadly cancer pandemic that has left society in shambles. What were once residential streets have now become row upon row of hospices set up to care for the sick and dying. Olivya and her mother run their own hospice, trying to make ends meet after Olivya’s father’s death years earlier. Olivya has struggled since she was a little girl t...more
Some of the slang language was a little difficult to follow, particuarly with Ayvilo, but...more
Score: 3.5 Stars
The Plot: The story is a unique blend of dystopia and science-fiction. The world is an interesting take on what could be post-apocalypse, or in this case, post-pandemic. The extensive use of the Internet and cyber-realities seemed very plausible. I also really enjoyed the totally unique take on angels and the whole mythos behind the kindred was very interesting. (view spoiler)[Don't think I really approve of the whole 'cancer is really an evil alien' sto...more
People were sickly and dying and apparently the world was not the same as it was before. I got the vibe that there was more unemployment and homelessness because of the technology that didn’t need actual people working, but I don’t see how after a global pandemic there’s such w...more
Olivya sees auras, something she has always tried to control and keep from interfering in h...more
I'm not going to try to summarize the plot, because it was kind of confusing. There were a lot of twists, different myths and religions mixed into one. Basically, the...more
Young Adult Romance, dyastopian novel, fantasy? The Apocalypse Gene contains elements of all three plus more. But fantasy definitely wins out- big time. Suki Michele and Carlyle Clark are very talented when it comes to writing and coming up with fantastical ideas, but I couldn't help be feel let down in the end. Maybe the fantasy genre is just not my cup of tea. I longed for the story to concentrate on the hospice and the plague and apocalyptic Chicago society. But all of this seemed more of an...more
This book seemed like it would be interesting, started off sort of interesting (I did like the idea of a pandemic that doesn't involve a contagious disease), but really degraded as I was reading it. The further I got, the less I wanted to read -- by the end, finishing the book felt more like an obligation than anything. All of the "secrets" I was looking fo...more
I loved the descriptions of the world. Beautifully done. Also, I liked the suggestive titles for each chapter, even though there were times when I thought they didn't fit...more
At first when I started reading, I was a little bit confused and noticed a lot of misspelling but I thought it may be appropriate to come up with a unique term to explain what it supposed to mean. It has many details that d...more
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Suki owns a medical transcription company and is the proud mommy of one human girl, a dog and two cats. She had a horse for many years named M...more