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The Apocalypse Gene

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  79 reviews
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
Paperback, 1st Edition, 251 pages
Published July 30th 2011 by Parker Publishing Inc.
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Karin Gastreich
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Olivya, a young African-American woman in a near-future Chicago, lives in a world devastated by a plague of cancer. Her mother runs a hospice, where Olivya is forced to witness the slow consumption of patients by this terrible malignancy. Olivya’s ability to see auras once painted the world in vibrant colors of light, but now only drags her into the heart of death and despair. Looking for an escape, she agrees to meet Mikah, her virtual friend and the object of an intense attraction, in person f ...more
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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
Rain Misoa
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dystopian Fans, Sci-Fi Fans, and people who just love epic adventures!
Recommended to Rain by: The author! Suki Michelle
Oh wow! That ending! Can you believe it!? It was like, "Bam!" Then it was like, "Bang!" And then it was like, "BOOM!" Phew! That was a lot of action! But let me calm down now and actually give you a proper review. This book is an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat kind of read. The story was very unique and invigorating! Most of the characters are very relatable and fun to learn more about. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the lore of this novel. There were things in here that you feel you've l ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A book that is a blend of dystopian, science fiction and mythology all in one!

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
Sandra "Jeanz"
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review on my blog:

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
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oliviya's living in a world debilitated by cancer. Where homes have been transformed to care for the sick and dying. No one goes out anymore as everything is done over handheld computers, including Digital School, which is where Oliviya meets Mikah. He's the only one who accepts her 'Sight', the ability to see people's auras, with non-chalance. But when they decide to meet, they become involved in a much bigger event then either of them could ever imagine.

Oliviya is a fiery character, full of at
Action-packed and dynamic, this novel is a total rush, with a rich world and a plenitude of spectacular ancient and yet fresh beings, filled with tension but also humor and a whole lotta funny (to me) slang! I very much so enjoyed the diversity of the environment the authors have built, and the element of originality that clearly permeates Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark’s writing.

The first pages set a rather gloomy and deeply touching mood, I was totally taken with Olivya and the situation of
Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark have created a thrilling post-apocalyptic world. From the first chapter, I was immediately fascinated with Olivya’s world and was drawn into this dystopian adventure. This is literally an edge-of-your-seat kind of read with more and more of the inner workings of this society revealed through each action packed chapter. From the mysterious and compelling Kindred to the strange Doom-criers, there are so many unique characters each with their own stories, legends, an ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was contacted by the author and offered a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I wasn’t sure what I expected from this book, but was surprised by what I got. This was a good surprise though.

Olivya lives with her mum in Chicago, but life has shut down as a disease like cancer has taken over. Medicine doesn’t work and people tend to just shut down. Olivya’s mum has converted their house into a makeshift hospital.
Her only escape is Cy-Chi a virtual Chicago. She has created a ‘sim’ of herse
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, ya
The Apocalypse Gene Review

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)
Su Yin
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Apocalypse Gene is a heady mix of sci-fi, urban fantasy and manga. Set against a stark, post-apocalypse world filled with Doom Criers, Shivpaks and the Kindred, two brave and endearing protaganists with special gifts are drawn to each other in a virtual school in Cyber-Chicago, called Cy-Chi, and decide to meet face-to-face.

Their meeting is masterfully handled, with danger and surprises meshed into fast action sequences, so vivid it gives the experience akin to watching a movie with poundin
Jeanne Bannon
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Apocalypse Gene is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago. A cancer that cannot be controlled or cured has wrought a world-wide pandemic. The main characters, Olivya, a half Asian, half Black teenage girl with the ability to see auras and Mikah, a non-human of the Kindred clan with the power of telempathy, meet online at cyber-school and are brought together in real life. This is where things get tricky for the couple. Out in the real world, a world filled with a new danger lurking around every c ...more
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This novel should be a movie with huge 3-D special effects. The setting is alive. I love the technology theme that weaves through it. In fact, my favorite scenes are the ones that actually feel like cyberpunk. To say more I'd have to give spoilers. The story is intricate but clearly laid out so it's easy to follow all the twists and turns. Olivya is an unusual protagonist. Olivya is so awesome, so smart. Read it. You'll be sorry when it's over. ...more
J.C. Andrijeski
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Apocalypse Gene is centered around a futuristic Earth where most people seem to be dying from a really aggressive form of cancer, and quasi-fantastical beings are trying to help them against the alien force that is causing the cancer before it can spread to the rest of the universe. There is a mixture of science fiction and old world fantasy along with a pretty-near-to-our world setting, only one where attending school occurs online, and most (regular) people don't seem to leave their homes ...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
I actually gave this book 3½♥'s, but rounded up for the sake of GoodReads.

This book seems to marry dystopian future Chicago, science fiction, mythology, and a healthy dose of Matrix.

Olivya is an African-American teenage living in a future cancer-plagued Chicago. As the global pandemic rages, Olivya and her mother make ends meet by offering hospice care for what she calls GAD's (Good-As-Dead's.) The streets of Chicago are nearly deserted; gangs and death running rampant. People rely on th
Hylary Locsin
Mar 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
This was a wonderfully original story. It blends myth and religion into a tale of an alien invasion set on destroying not only the world but the galaxy. It is extremely well written since I could take the hokey idea of "combat feathers" yet suspend my disbelief because the story meshed so well together.

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
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me 9 days to complete this book. It is highly unusual of me to read a book that has short pages in 9 days. That does not matter now, what matters is my review of this book. What did I think of this book? It ultimately is a very good book. I actually enjoyed reading it.

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
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed The Apocalypse Gene. It was nice to take a break from the normal, fluff of YA--wait, did I say that? Oops, I must've gotten myself confused with some other chick. My bad. Needless to say, I read a lot of books that focus on the "strange" and the "fantasy" but I'd like to say that this novel...I really don't know what category to put in. (I'm saying that it's so original, there isn't a category that suffices. Spam, I confuse myself!)
Imagine a world in which cancer is raging, all
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-books
I feel bad giving a low rating to a book, but, in this case, though I liked the concept, The Apocalypse Gene by Suki Michelle failed to hold my attention.

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
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it

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

Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
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I can’t imagine living in a world like the one Michelle and Clark created in Apocalypse Gene but then again it’s just a magnified version of our current world. Where everything is online and cybertised. It wasn’t only futuristic but it held a mix of sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal with a dash of folklore.

The world itself was overwhelming and remarkable that you can’t help but love going through the entire thing with the books protagonists Mikah
Summer Lane
The Apocalypse Gene. It has infected the world - killed off most of its population through a killing gene known as cancer. As the citizenry of post-apocolyptic Chicago struggles to survive, Olivya is living with her mother in a house-turned-hospice ward. Surrounded by death on all sides, Olivya also has the Sight - she can see peoples' auras, a psychic ability that she believes is unique to her. Until she meets Mikah. And everything changes. The dystopian thriller takes a dark turn as the world ...more
Lovey Dovey Books
The description of The Apocalypse Gene made me want to read it immediately. Sometimes it’s better not to go on just that. I had a hard time adjusting to the world that Olivya lived in and couldn’t finish reading the book.

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
Lindsay Klug
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read. This book kept me hooked from beginning to end, and it’s rare for a story to do that.

We open with Olivya doing her daily duties as part-time caretaker in the hospice her mother runs from their home in Hospice Row. After the Pandemic has riddled the world with a super cancer with no known cure, many are left with no choice but to relegate themselves to a Hospice to live out their last days.

Very quickly, we’re introduced to Olivya’s fiery personality. She is never one to dis
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Olivya Wright-Ono can see auras which isn't a good thing when your home is a hospice for the dying. When she meets Mikah in the virtual school she finally has something to look forward to each day. But the pandemic is spreading and things are getting worse. When she finally meets Mikah in the real world she discovers he’s not like other humans. But what does that mean and how is it connected to
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Eeeeeehhhh. I don't know, maybe I'm too old to read this book? I probably would've liked it better in elementary school/early middle school.

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
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
I always feel bad giving a book a low rating because I don't want to discourage others from reading it. Just because I didn't enjoy it doesn't mean someone else won't. With that said...I found it very hard to get through this book. I think mainly because I was expecting more of a dystopian type book and instead found myself in a Science Fiction world. I was confused by all the lingo and the various unique names. Since each chapter rotated between the two main character's perspective, I found it ...more
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Suki is a lifelong Chicagoan who lives with her co-writer/paramour, Carlyle Clark. Together they wrote The Apocalypse Gene, a YA urban fantasy recently chosen as Critics' Pick at Kirkus. They're hard at work on the sequel, which should be out by summer 2012.

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

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