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The Apocalypse Gene by Suki Michelle
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Jan 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: cultural, current_issues, paranormal, relationships, romance, scifi-fantasy, suspense, young-adult
Read in January, 2012

Authors Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark create a fascinating near-future world in their dystopian young-adult novel, The Apocalypse Gene. Technologically believable and mythologically fascinating, the story blends well-drawn science fiction, myth, folklore and romance, peopling a futuristic Chicago plus it’s cyber-image with intriguing characters, human and otherwise. Livvie, whose mother has converted their home into a hospice for the dying, struggles to balance school and lessons with knowledge gleaned from her ability to see auras. Mikah, oddly isolated from all around him, is haunted by a brooding monster in the basement. Gangs of marauding hooligans rule the streets and victims of plague hide in the gutters. But mysterious powers seem to glide on the edge of perception and perhaps there’s more than mere global pandemic here.

The story’s built on an intriguing history introduced with perfect timing as past and future begin to collide. Ethical dilemmas and modern-day humor add depth to the tale while Biblical visions of apocalypse twist and turn. Each page leads to more answers and more mystery, keeping the reader absorbed in fast-paced action, well-crafted introspection, and well-imagined teen romance. Avatars and aliens battle for the future of mankind, and teen readers get to enjoy a tale filled with myth, technology, fascination and fun.

Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this book as part of the WoMens’ Literary Café review team.

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