The Apocalypse Gene, by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark
With Pandemic ravaging the globe, Olivya's psychic Sight compels her to see auras riddled with the colors of despair and now her mother is infected.
Olivya’s only hope is the mysterious Mikah, a powerful Empath who claims the Pandemic is linked to his clan, the Kindred, and their brooding, monstrous, Immortal Lord. But how can she trust a boy who can manipulate her very emotions?
With Mikah's aid, Olivya races to unearth Kindred secrets, desperate to find a cure, only to discover . . . the Pandemic is far, far more than a mere disease.
What a fantastic read. This book kept me hooked from beginning to end, and it’s rare for a story to do that.
We open with Olivya doing her daily duties as part-time caretaker in the hospice her mother runs from their home in Hospice Row. After the Pandemic has riddled the world with a super cancer with no known cure, many are left with no choice but to relegate themselves to a Hospice to live out their last days.
Very quickly, we’re introduced to Olivya’s fiery personality. She is never one to disappoint, and I found myself laughing at some of the things she spouts off with during the course of this story. When she meets her crush from school, Mikah, her world opens to something she never saw coming.
This is a young adult book, and aptly written to intrigue and delve into a world filled with the impossible. The authors created splendid creatures, a desolate world void of life and filled with danger, and a subculture teeming with vile characters. We’re not left lacking of fights or fantastic weaponry, either, and though there are some bits in the story that seem to be completely unbelievable the authors weave them in so we can see how they fit.
Overall, I’ll let my kiddo read this any day, and rest assured that her mind will fly with fanciful dreams. Let the imagination spark, and allow Suki and Carlyle to carry you into diseased Chicago.