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Apocalypse Five

(Archive of the Fives #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  69 reviews
The end of the world is coming. How or when, scientists can't agree upon. For decades, Earth's best line of defense has been a team of young soldiers known as the Apocalypse Five, forced into virtual reality simulations to train for Doom's Day. But, this is no game. Death on the grid is brutally final and calls up the next in a long line of cadets. Stationed aboard the AT-
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Black Spot Books
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Overall, Apocalypse Five is a pretty fun book! Author Stacey Rourke has created a really interesting world here!

We follow a team of five elite soldiers who are being trained to tackle just about any disaster you can imagine in a really realistic (like real-death realistic) virtual world aboard a starship. Screw up on a training mission and they can be just as dead as if it were real life.

The goal here is to prepare a team who can one day return to a post-apocalyptic Earth to see if it is yet in
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Humanity has been preparing for the apocalypse for decades, sending groups of five young soldiers at time to battle simulated end of the world scenarios. The missions are broadcast for everyone on the AT-1-NS Space Station to watch. The current Apocalypse Five group has set a record. No deaths in 18 months. No group has survived that long without at least one (or all five in some cases) member being killed. This group is special. When they discover information they weren't supposed to ever know, ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to MissBecka by: Jane
I am horrified that I have to wait for the next book.
This was filled with fresh ideas, funny characters and of course...evil doers.
I docked 1 star since I felt the love interest portion was completely unnecessary.
The camaraderie of the team was enough on it's own.
Looking forward to more in this series!!!

"You're a ginger! We eat souls for breakfast."
As a ginger (under all this hair dye), I can confirm this quote as truth.

Much love goes out to NetGalley and
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley, dnf
This book is so derivative and poorly written that I had to give up. It is also way too YA for me. The teenaged team members are all making google eyes at each other. And then there’s this: “ The A5 helmets were fastened on with straps to allow their hair to always look its best. After all, what was the point of saving the world if you didn’t look fine as hell for the cameras?” The author was obviously heavily influenced by “The Hunger Games” and “Ender’s Game”. My strong suggestion is that you ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from Black Spot Books the in exchange for an honest review.

I'm so glad that I agreed to take a chance on Apocalypse Five (Archive of the Fives #1) by Stacey Rourke. This novel was such an awesomely diverse YA dystopian sci-fi adventure with just a dash of romance. The novel has a strong opening that makes you want to keep turning the pages and the high-octane action, twists and turns, and kick butt characters don't let up. You will get fully sucked into the brutal world of the
Faith M ✨
I received this eARC from Black Spot Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way. All quotes are taken from the uncorrected proof and are subject to change.

DNF at 19%

This wasn't a bad book, by any means, but it also wasn't a very good one. The characters all behave in the most cliche, unbelievable ways. Some of their actions are completely nonsensical. This was trying to go for themes that The Hunger Games and Ender's Game did very well, but ju
The Nerd Daily
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Seven Jane

If you’re looking for a new young adult sci-fi adventure to fall in love with this Valentine’s Day, might I suggest Apocalypse Five—the first in the Archive of the Fives series, upcoming from author Stacey Rourke, which is set to be published by Black Spot Books on February 12th 2019.

Like a swift punch to the gut, Apocalypse Five starts off with the sudden burst of energy of a rocket ship—literally—as readers are plunged headfirst into
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am beyond thrilled that I got the chance to read the Young Adult Sci-Fi Apocalypse Five (Archive of the Fives - Book 1) by the very talented Author Stacey Rourke. I will admit that I don’t read enough of Sci-Fi books, but Rourke just proves why I should be reading a lot more of them. If you are a fan of shows like The 100 or movies like Hunger Games, then you will absolutely fall in love with Apocalypse Five.

The AT-1-NS space station has been preparing for the apocalypse for years. They have b
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While in the vein of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, Apocalypse 5, forges a new path into this trope. Rourke lends her classic snark and badassery to her foray into this genre. This young adult science fiction dystopian novel is unrelenting war and carnage from page one. Chapter One left me shocked and terrified to continue.

The reader plunges off the cliff and into the drama of a post-apocalyptic Earth with a young A5 team literally blasting into a mission. What the A5ers think is just a simulat
Bryan Alkire
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Utterly banal for the genre it’s supposed to be in. This book has all the charm of a book packager mass market title…there is nothing, repeat nothing special about this book. At the same time, I can’t say it’s bad…just indifferent. The pace is fast and the writing is readable, which usually gets at least a 3 from me. But, I felt like I’ve read the descriptions of things before, my mind flashed back to reading “Invitation to the Game” in the late 80’s/early 90’s. Further, I just couldn’t bring my ...more
Lauren loves llamas
Every once in a while, I just need a good YA scifi romp. There’s something undeniably fun about a bunch of teens saving the world, and this book definitely fits the bill. It’s a bit of a mash between The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, and it works pretty well. There’s a lovely found family theme flowing through the book, one of my favorite tropes, and it made this so much more enjoyable.

“June-bug, I need you to breathe. Remember the A.S.K. method we came up with? If we are Alive, Safe, and Conce
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
aaaaaaaaamazing and sexy and fun and i loved loved loved it.. it was so much fun and the writing was superb as always.. it was wonderful.

this story was amazing.. it was fun and interesting. it was fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next. i loved the characters.. they made me smile and happy.. i really enjoyed the twists and turns that happened in this.. i loved that i wasn't sure what was going to happen. i would think one thing and something totally different
Joel Mitchell
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Smoosh together Ender’s Game and The Hunger Games, tack on Children of Men for good measure, and you have this book. I’m not sure if I have ever read such derivative sci-fi. It went straight past cliché and into aping popular franchises while stopping short of actual intellectual property theft. There were a few clever twists on the concepts involved, but not enough to raise this above a “seen it all before and the other guys did it better” 2.5-3 stars plot.

The physical descriptions knocked this
Patty Smith
Thank you to Black Spot Books and Stacey Rourke for providing my with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. Rating 3.5 stars.

In the future everything is hunky dory on earth but doomsday is near. Luckily we have military space force to thank for it. Not just any military force, but an army of children. They live on a starship and we follow their every movement on television. We see them train, eat, play and the highlight
KarenJo Custodio
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Stacey Rourke created such a fascinating sci-fi dystopian story. It was an absolutely thrilling and addictive read that left me wanting MORE!

Brimmed with plenty of action, suspense, drama, humor, and twists, Apocalypse Five had me completely captivated and I loved it. Rourke’s writing was amazingly vivid and so wonderfully engaging that I felt like I was present in the moment experiencing all the thrill. Even though the story seemed familiar to other dystopian books I’ve read, I though
Paige Green
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from NetGalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: Book 1 of the Archive of the Fives

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: February 12, 2019

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian

Recommended Age: 16+ (some mention of sex, language, death, and gore)

Publisher: Black Spot Books

Pages: 250

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Synopsis: The end of the world is coming. How or when, scientists can't agree upon. For decades, Earth's best line of defense has been a team of young soldiers known as the Apocalypse
Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)
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I received a copy of this book to review from Net Galley and Black Spot Books.

For a long time, we’ve known the end of the world is coming. The rate at which humanity has used Earth’s resources means relocation. Specifically, to space. Enter the Apocalypse Five (or A5). They are an elite group of soldiers trained to deal with any and all apocalypse scenarios. Every day, they’re put into a different mission that will help them to better
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was better than I was expecting. It was a mixture of The 100 and Ender's Game in my opinion.
The beginning was pretty confusing to me and very hard to get into. We got random facts, but no explanation. For example, it said something about the Apocalypse 5 having an audience, but no reason for why they would have an audience until much later in the book. I kept thinking that I missed things when I really didn't.
After I finally got into it, I really started enjoying it. I guessed early on
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Have a pleasant Apocalypse.

Wow….This is completely different compared to what I am used to by this author, but her spunk and sass is encrypted within the pages of this awesome read.

The characters are phenomenal. I loved the fierceness of each character and the feelers that I felt as I read this story. Of course, I must say that Dee (Detroit) was my favorite character. She was a kick butt character who didn’t take names, but made sure that her number one priority was keeping everyone safe and usi
On My Kindle BR
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers who enjoyed The Hunger Games
Shelves: onmykindlebr
I received a free copy of this book and opted to share a review.

I enjoyed this book. The combination of the setting and premise are intriguing and I liked how readers are thrust into the action on the first page. The characters have their own quirks and traits that make them unique and easy to relate to. The tension between a couple of the characters is typical for a YA novel and doesn't cross the thin line that separates "young adult" from "new adult."

As much as I enjoyed the book, I had an is
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2018
I received this ARC to give an honest review.

What can this author not write? I am never too big on Sci-fi books I guess because they are just not my cup of tea to read, but I knew I wanted to try this book out to see if it was going to be good. I have no clue why I doubted if it would be good or not because this gal was blown away by just how good it was overall. From the action to the connection that team leader Detroit has with her team and maybe a bit of romance it was designated to be good.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley2019
The Apocalypse Five have but one mission, to save the human race who, well, any one of a number of things could lead to its demise. What is interesting about this premise, is that they are fighting in virtual reality and if they die in the game they die, thus being that they have pretty high turnover. However, the current Apocalypse Five is on an awesome bloody good run, surviving longer than any other previous team. They come across some strange information, and pretty much everything they thin ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meet the Apocalypse Five, a band of rockstar status soldiers going into deadly battles whilst living a big brother house existence. In a Buffy esque “when one slayer dies another is chosen” world, cadets are nothing but numbers until a calling into the A5 grants them a name, for Detroit and her team, they are the longest running A5 group and have garnered far higher celebrity status than most. The idea that this team are being watched both privately and on the field for the enjoyment of the mass ...more
Tonja Drecker
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Packed with action, intrigue and mounds of tension, this is an exciting mix of spaceship science fiction and a brutal dystopian.

The A5 consists of the most amazing heroes the starship has to offer. They are specially trained and ready to meet any obstacle that comes at them—all to ensure the survival of the human race. The extremely vivid and realistic training missions are viewed by everyone on board, making this group stars in their own right. The catch, however, is deadly. If they die on the
The Reading Raccoon
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-as-an-arc
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for this review copy of Apocalypse Five by Stacey Rourke.
Unfortunately I do not think I’m the intended audience for this young adult science fiction novel. I found the overuse of descriptive words amateurish and over the top. Sample lines from a SINGLE page: “Tears zigzagging over her peaches and cream cheeks, she held the barrel of taser set to kill to her temple” and “Her pert face crumbled, sending a fresh wave of tears spilling over her lashes”. The con
Diane Hernandez
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fans of the Hunger Games have found a new book series to love with Apocalypse 5.

Sometime in the future, the world’s scientists are trying to develop a team that can fight any type of calamity that might cause an apocalypse on Earth. Teams of five young people are placed into all kinds of virtual reality situations: fires, aliens, and advanced weaponry. The catch is if they die in the virtual war, they also die in real life. The latest team has lasted 18 months of daily virtual skirmishes.

The ac
Fiona Saunders
This book is across between 'Starship Troopers' with 'The Illuminae Files', 'Hunger Games' and 'Ascension'. It was hard to put down with characters that grew on you as they grew into themselves. I would call this a gate way book for young teens (as I have observed with 'The Last Thirteen') that find getting into serious sci-fi had to do due to language and length. This book is well written with language easy to understand in a not over long book. I hope the other books are not longer. The action ...more
Cheryl Whitty
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on,
Wow what an amazing start to an imaginative series. As book one we are introduce to the world the Apocalypse five live in aboard a star ship thinking they are training to defend earth. The five spend all the time together, and ages starting at twelve or thirteen they are fighting battles of life and death.
Until they find out something they shouldn’t and everything they find is a lie and the apocalypse has already happened. I’m in awe at the imagination authors
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Apocalypse Five is the first installment in a new young adult science fiction series that follows a team of space cadets forced to participate in simulations in preparation for saving the Earth in the event of an impending apocalypse. If you fail to survive these simulations, you die in the real world. If you die, you are replaced with another candidate. The team of superstars representing the most promising candidates is known as the A-5 team. The story is told from the point of view of Detroit ...more
Craig Pearson
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This story reminds me of Orson Scott Card's 'Ender's Game'. While there are vague similarities there is enough different to make it an enjoyable read. Some of the characters and situations are hard to follow. The subtle humor is a welcome diversion to the horrid situations A5 found themselves in. A warning to some readers: the sexual tension and situations encountered by pre-/early teens can be disconcerting.
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