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251 pages, Paperback
First published July 30, 2011
No longer exhausted, powered by adrenaline, she learned all she could cram into her head about demons, gods, and monsters. She searched the so-called Storied. Eventually, a pattern emerged. The religious stories and myths had something in common: You could make a deal with gods and demons, get them to do something beyond the power of mortals, like heal someone. Problem was, these deals never seemed to work out well, at least for the mortal.Why would she think she would be the exception? I like how she did her research, but I did not like how she choose ignore the advice from the fruits of her research. Talk about reckless and impulsive. Even her holo-sim Ayvilo says so.
[Mikah] “Would that be before or after you turn me into an emo-vamp?”LOL! I love this.
[Changarai] “Did you learn that ridiculous term from your new friend?”
[Mikah] “Um, new friend? Nah. I made it up. Emotion sucking vampire, you know?”
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 afterthought.
Even accepting the good vs. evil/save the universe fantasy, which I easily did because of wonderfully descriptive writing and a good story, I was turned off by too many tedious terms and details. For example, I found the holo-sims silly and annoying. Pandymone the 'whale,' embarrassingly way out there. And the term, Sufferer of the Perpetual Molt laughable. It's not the characters/ideas that I necessary had a problem with, it's just the way they were developed or described. It was enough of a problem for me to seriously interfere with my enjoyment of the book. So I guess, for my taste, if the fantasy was toned down a bit (okay, a great deal) then The Apocalypse Gene would have been a better read.
Pretty negative review, huh? Just venting the frustrations I felt while reading the book. I'm giving it 3/5 stars, which isn't bad. As I mentioned earlier, the writing is very descriptive- beautiful. Suki Michele is undoubtedly talented. I guess it was a matter of expectations for me. If you like the fantasy genre then you will spend hours of enjoyable reading with this book. If you're looking for a dyastopian tale of post- apocalyptic, plague-stricken Chicago, you might be disappointed.