Thursday, January 12, 2012


Title:  The Apocalypse Gene
Author:  Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark
Available:  Now
Source:  The Author

About the Book:
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 has learned a terrible truth . . . the plague is linked to Kindred origins. When Olivya sees evidence of disease creeping into her mother's aura, she has no one to turn to but Mikah. Can he unearth the Kindred secrets and find a cure? 

Can she trust this boy whose power allows him to manipulate her very emotions? With her mother's life, and that of the world, in the balance, Olivya and Mikah embark on a quest to stop the Pandemic, only to discover it is far, far more than a mere disease.

My Take:
I know you are thinking...another dystopian, but this one is a bit brings a bit of the past into the future (mythology) Sometimes with dystopians we are on information overload with the author trying to explain the new world in the first chapter.  Not so much started out with action and kept it up throughout most of the book.  There was no cut and dried who done it here, you really must read the whole book to get what happens and who or what is responsible.  Olivya's character kind of rubbed me the wrong way, but because I know several girls like her..I'll give her a pass..she did eventually stop whining for awhile.  Now..if you like lots of action and a lot of stuff (names, places, creatures, etc.) you will probably like this.   There is a lot of slang to get used to and it is quite dark in places, but for a mature teen..I'd recommend it if this type of book is your cup of tea!

About the authors:
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 Make A Wish, but he passed on to the great green meadow beyond. After earning a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, Suki spent several years studying and teaching meditation. Her training took her to France and Israel, places she yearns to go back to some day. 

When Suki isn't writing or working, chances are she'll be searching for chocolate and dreaming up horrid things to scare you with.

 Carlyle Clark writes YA and adult speculative fiction as well as crime and literary fiction.He was raised in San Diego and  went to College in the South, and now resides in the Greater Chicago Area known as Chicagoland. He has  trained in several fighting arts including kickboxing, combat wrestling, and Brazilian Jiujitsu, and have earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In 2011 the Writers of the Future judging committee awarded his story, WITCHBLOOD BLUES, a Silver Honorable Mention, and he has been Fanstory Novelist of the Year.  THE APOCALYPSE GENE is a Kirkus Critic's Pick.
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 isI was given a copy of this  book by the author in return for an honest review.  No other compensation was given and you can read my disclosure here: r

1 comment:

  1. Thank you kindly for participating in our tour and for the nice things you share about our book! Indeed, this is for a mature teen. We were careful have Olivya be a good role model with a strong character arc. She learns a lot. I'm glad you warmed up to her by the end.

    Once again, thank you. You have a very positive blog with a great message.

    Suki and Carlyle