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Pocket Apocalypse

(InCryptid #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  5,562 ratings  ·  510 reviews
Endangered, adjective: Threatened with extinction or immediate harm.
Australia, noun: A good place to become endangered.

Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family—no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he’s starting to feel like he’s got the hang of th
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by DAW
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Dec 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
It's an apocalypse, all right--a three-hundred page written disaster.

I'll be blunt. I don't read this series for the gorgeous writing; I read for the fun menagerie of fantastical animals. Pocket Apocalypse feels even more tossed off than is usual for McGuire, the majority of the writing a workmanship 'telling.' It's a style that works when one is going through unusual locations, as in Discount Armageddon (New York City sewers), introducing non-human sapients in Midnight Blue-Light Special (math-
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
*** 4.25 ***

A buddy read with my UF cohorts at BB&B! We love our Aeslin Mice!!!

"..."“Adversity doesn't exist to make us stronger. Adversity exists because this world is a damn hard place to live. Prove that you're better than the things it throws at you. Live.”..."

Our little buddy reading group have all decided that we need our own, designated colony of Aeslin Mice, since it turns out they have stolen all of our hearts. And how can anyone resist their charm and stature, no matter how dimi
Robin (Bridge Four)
Pocket Appocolyse as remembered by the Aesin Mice and recited by honorary acolyte Robin of the Bridge Four.

And Lo, it was declared by the God of Scales and Silences that he would travel to the dangerous Island of Australia to help the Unpredictable Priestess find the wolves that walk as men and cleanse her land. And the Older Heartless one did not want him to go but the Younger Heartless one declared
“Besides, if Alex goes to help Shelby with the werewolves in Australia, he can meet her fami
2.5 stars - Spoilers

It was okay, the first half was quite slow and boring, the latter half was better though, the pace was faster, there was more action and there were a few fairly decent twists and turns. It still wasn't as fun as the first two books in the series though.

-It took ages for the story to fully kick in, I was bored with the parts where Alex/Shelby travelled to Australia, met Shelby's family/the thirsty six society, and then banged on about werewolves and antidotes and whatnot. I o
3.5 Oh yes, I like Alex.

This is the best book in this series so far.

I imagine it's incredibly hard to switch main characters in the same series, and the main impediment is managing to switch the 'personalities'. Unfortunately, in this case, Seanan McGuire didn't manage to do it completely. There were a lot of moments when Alex and Verity were exactly the same person. Same inner dialog, same types of monologues.

Still, I enjoyed Alex more. Maybe it's the nerdy side vs the dancer, maybe it's their
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maybe I'm really getting used to the series or I'm really loving Alex and Shelby's dynamics or I think I'm falling for Australia or maybe the writing is just getting that much better, but I love this instalment of the series much more than all the rest.

It's not just the talking mice, mind you. It's Helen the Wadjet, Basil the yowie, and the entire freakin clan of the Thirty-Sixers.

The novel is kinda a "meet the family" with a truly horrible infestation of werewolves. It worked really, really we
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a rollercoaster! I couldn't put this one down. I really love Shelby, and I think Alex and her make a great team.

This one had a great take on lycanthropy/werewolfs, lots of action, a good mystery, and some serious family drama. Oddly enough, the family drama this time wasn't Price family drama, but involved the intensely paranoid, rude, and obnoxious Tanner family. Don't get me wrong, I liked some members of "Shelly's" family (aka Raina, whose sarcasm and Pokemon obsession cracked me up), bu
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn’t enjoy this one as much, largely because of Shelby’s family. I enjoyed the first Alex story but will be happy to move on to the other Price main characters.
Christine PNW
Somewhere between it was ok & liked it. I still love the Aeslin mice, but Alex isn't my favorite main character, and Shelby's family is ugh. ...more
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the Wednesday UF freaks at BB&B.

What happens when you combine a slightly nerdy cryptozoologist with the scariest continent in the world? An extremely entertaining adventure! When I first read the blurb and saw that this book takes place in Australia I knew that this will be epic! Alexander Price has definitely stolen the number one place from his sister Verity. I liked her but Alex is much easier to relate to. His love interest is also easier to like. Shelby Tanner is adorable an
The Aeslin Mice get to go Down Under! A second book following Alex Price, brother to Verity and boyfriend to Shelby, as he and Shelby go to Australia to assist her family and the Thirty Six Society deal with a unexpected breakout of lycanthropy. The question becomes, which is more dangerous to Alex, the werewolves or Shelby’s father?

As usual, the mice made the book for me. I really enjoyed the six acolytes packed in the carry-on luggage. They stealthily raid the plane’s pantry, set up headquarte
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
3.5 stars

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Pocket Apocalypse is the second book in the InCryptid series narrated by Alex Price. I've always preferred Verity as narrator over Alex, but I did find much more to love about him in this book than its predecessor, Half-Off Ragnarok. I thought the story was exciting overall, but moving the setting to Australia just didn't work for me. I've enjoyed the time with Alex and his girlfriend Shelby, but I will be happy to have Verity ba
This book continues with Alex as the main narrator again. And I couldn't have been happier about that! When I found out we'd be going to Australia - the land where regular nature wants to kill you, never mind adding cryptids to the mix, and doubly never mind there being a lycanthropy outbreak in process - I was ecstatic. And scared.

Scared because no matter how much I love shapeshifters in a lot of my fiction, and how much werewolves in fiction have run the gamut from scary to friendly, these wer
All Things Urban Fantasy
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
All Things Urban Fantasy

With a series about cryptids who can kill you in very weird ways it was inevitable that a visit to Australia, a land of ten thousand things that can kill you if you look at them wrong; was in store for the Incryptid series. POCKET APOCALYPSE introduces werewolves into this world which from the perspective of someone who has read a ton of werewolf related books, seemed kind of mundane for this series. Luckily, the werewolves in this book were something unique and treated a
Holly (The GrimDragon)
Well, speaking of apocalypses..

By trying to do our part in the fight against COVID-19 with social distancing/isolation/quarantining, many are flying through books. Because hello, escapism! Unfortunately, I've found myself on the opposite end of the spectrum. I've been absolutely struggling to read, which is so unlike me. I just cannot seem to focus. Oof.

Prior to shit fully hitting the fan and splattering all over the shit sandwich that was already in process (remember when we thought 2019 was a
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I think this book deserves more than 4 stars, because it was very well written and interesting, but I was so angry throughout the most of the book I can't give it 5 stars with clear conscience.

When Shelby tells Alex werewolves are causing problems in her home town in Australia, they travel to the other side of the world to save the day. Unfortunately, it turns out that werewolves are not the worst thing in Australia. Shelby's family is.

I was so goddamn mad throughout the most of this book
This is one of those books where I feel like I learned a lot about myself and my reading preferences! I wouldn't have listed "family disapproves of romantic partner" as a trope I dislike, but it appears that it is! It was just so extreme in this case and so not fun to read it.

I don't think this one is a new observation, but I'm also kind of tired of new takes on common paranormal creatures--in this case, werewolves. I LIKE werewolf books and I've read a lot of them and at this point if you throw
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Binging this series has been fun! This one was my least favorite so far because of the whole “my girlfriend’s family hates me and her father’s being overprotective of his baby girl” thing which, while I’m not saying is completely unrealistic (it happens, obvs), wasn’t that fun to read about and too strongly emphasized (to the point of ridiculousness) IMO. More dealing with interesting non-human creatures, less family drama please!
In Pocket Apocalypse we continue to follow Alex's journey but this time we get to see him travel to Australia with Shelby to help her family deal with a Lycanthropy outbreak. I've come across a lot of different werewolves over the years, from scary monsters to ones who have complete control over their transformations and I have to say that Seanan McGuire's are some of the creepiest I've read about. In this world Lycanthropy is a disease and it if you're infected it changes your body in all kinds ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

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I'll let you in on a little secret: I mostly read these books for the mice. The Aeslin are awesome!

I find this series such a relaxing read, that I'm always looking forward to reading it and enjoy it, even though I think this was not the best in the series. One of the main attractions is the world filled with all the fantastic beasts so I was a little bit disappointed that it's mainly werewolves here. I mean, been there, done th
I'd give this four stars if it wasn't for my seething hatred of Shelby's family. Spending the entire book wanting to stab a bunch of characters in the face somewhat dampens the fun of it. ...more
Laura Martinelli
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, own
New InCryptid novel! New creatures for the Price family to encounter and occasionally piss off! More of Seanan McGuire ripping out my heart and stomping on it.

(The fact that this was her reply when I mentioned that I was going to be emotionally destroyed by the end of the month due to ALL OF THE BOOKS should have tipped me off. Hell, the fact that it’s Seanan prepared me for it, and that only made me more worried)

Picking up with Alex again, we finally get to see the wider world of cryptozool
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex has a history with lycanthropy and he seriously hates werewolves.  However, he refuses not to honor Shelby's request to help her family and the Thirty-Six Society. When they arrive, Alex receives a downright hostile reception. From the beginning tensions were high. Alex has brought a small colony of Aeslin mice with him.  He finds himself blindfolded before being taken to Shelby's home. Snark, Price digs, and distrust kept things interesting as did the outbreak. Leave it to McGuire to bring ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
POCKET APOCALYPSE brings Alex and Shelby to Australia where they are willing and ready to help Shelby's family with their werewolf problem. You thought the Prices were difficult? Just wait until you meet the Tanners.

Alex and Shelby might not always seem like the most obvious couple, but watching them work together in POCKET APOCALYPSE made it clear they are meant to be. It was nice to see how other cryptozoologists live and work. It wasn't so great to see their prejudice towards those that are n
Erin (PT)
The Alex stories—Half-Off Ragnarok and Pocket Apocalypse—are just not my favorite, among the Incryptid stories. They're not bad—they're enjoyable, they're entertaining—I just don't like them as much as Verity's books, or the short stories with other protagonists.

I feel that part of the problem is that the Alex books feel like they take so long to get started. Once the action starts, I'm in for the ride and the books are real page-turners, but it feels like it takes half the book to get to that p
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
*Aisling mice are 'da bomb'*

As always, I love her books, love this series... but I will admit, Alex isn't my favorite Price. I like Shelby well enough, too... but again, she's not Verity. And Jiminy Cricket those Australians are so discriminating of anthropoid cryptids.

So... I still hung on every word and squealed with maniacal glee when this arrived on my Audible app, but left me with blue balls (metaphorically speaking) for the next in the series! Bring on the other prices! Woohoo!

... and the
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I don't connect with the MC in this book and I don't feel that the author is able to portray a male first person POV believably. ...more
the best one so far, even though it had many irritating parts

So, I've been reading this series for some time now, disliking every book and giving each a one-star rating. I think they are hastily written, full of predictable plot-twists, romance that just doesn't feel real, with uninteresting and unlikable protagonists that are pretty much interchangeable, since no-one has a unique voice or personality. All in all I think they are a waste of a wonderful idea for a very interesting world.
Still I
Ben Truong
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pocket Apocalypse is the fourth book in the InCryptid series written by Seanan McGuire and centered on a new protagonist Alexander Price, a cryptozoologist from the infamous Price Family and brother to Verity Price.

Cryptozoologist Alexander Price and Shelby Tanner, his girlfriend, goes Down Under when there is an outbreak of lycanthropy. Alex has a history with lycanthropy and he seriously hates werewolves. However, he refuses not to honor Shelby’s request to help her family and the Thirty-Six S
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and

Other books in the series

InCryptid (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Price Family Field Guide (Incryptid)
  • Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, #1)
  • Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid, #2)
  • Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid, #3)
  • Chaos Choreography (InCryptid, #5)
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  • Tricks for Free (InCryptid, #7)
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