The Apocalypse Gene

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The Apocalypse Gene, by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark, takes place in a future world ravaged by disease. The pandemic has made it necessary to house dying cancer patients in private homes. Olivya’s home is one such hospice, and her mother the caregiver. Olivya and her mother have the usual mother and teenaged daughter issues, made more complicated by the absence of Olivya’s father, who has committed suicide, and by Olivya’s psychic gift.

To escape the daily drudgery, Olivya spends time online with Mikah, a boy she’s never met in person but talked to often in Cy-Chi. Mikah encourages her to sneak out so they can meet in person. Mikah’s strong empathetic powers and Olivya’s ability to see auras are at this point issues that make them different from everyone else.

When their Cy-Chi avatars, Hakim and Ayvilo, leap out of the computer and allow the teens to have amazing out-of-body virtual adventures, the fun truly begins. Hakim and Ayvilo are six-inch tall holosims. Hakim starts out to betray Mikah, and is the sneakier of the two. Ayvilo, my favorite character, has a mind of her own and a vicious blade. The holosims come through in the end for their human counterparts.

Everyone is a product of their past, and Olivya and Mikah are no exception. Mikah’s past involves a millenium-old interaction with legendary creatures and angels from heaven. And you felt sorry for Olivya with her father’s suicide and her mother’s cancer? All teenagers are faced with using their past to shape their future. They must follow in the path set before them, shape it so it’s their own, or overcome it completely. Olivya and Mikah are no exception. She is determined to save her mother’s life, and he is desperate to change his destiny. They can’t do it alone.

There is an underlying romantic theme between Olivya and Mikah, but it is not a focus of the book. I liked the way they were portrayed as close friends who will probably be romantically linked. During the book’s action, though, they don’t have time. They are too busy saving the world.

The Apocalypse Gene is a complex novel with something for everyone. There’s enough romance to soothe those looking for it, plenty of science fiction for those interested in future Internet,  demons and angels which are particularly appealing if you are familiar with Christian mythology, street gangs for those who like the urban jungle, and a truly well-told story for everyone else. Buy it, read it, and enjoy the launch of this amazing book!

22 thoughts on “The Apocalypse Gene”

  1. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 12:30 pm

    Oh. My. God. I’m practically trembling in my feet to read this.

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    1. Submitted on 2011/10/02 at 11:13 am | In reply to Albert.

      I just saw this comment. I’m SO excited for you to read it too!

  2. Submitted on 2011/10/07 at 8:17 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! I hope your students enjoy it. We are happy to answer questions they might have about the processes involved with creative writing, the road to publication – anything! We’re very interested in hearing about their perceptions too and what they related best to.

    We’re so grateful for your kind attention. You’re a very cool teacher.

    Suki and Carlyle

  3. Submitted on 2011/10/07 at 8:47 am

    I am so excited to read this book. I love non-fiction I think this is going to be awesome. Mrs. Ulleseit, I do not have a Facebook.

  4. Submitted on 2011/10/10 at 2:56 pm

    I can’t WAIT to read this either. I’ve been trying to take my mind off of it by reading Rick Riordan’s “The Son of Neptune” (I know that it should be underlined, but I don’t have a keyboard button for that). It’s really good, and I think that you should do a review on it.

    (no Facebook)

  5. Submitted on 2011/10/11 at 2:09 pm

    I finished it – I love this! The idea about the angel-ish person is awsome! Can I use a similar idea for a race in one of my games?

    1. Submitted on 2011/10/11 at 3:04 pm | In reply to Albert.

      You can use the idea, Albert….as long as you put it in your own original story, which I know you will do.

      1. Submitted on 2011/10/12 at 10:08 pm | In reply to mrsulleseit.

        Of course, Mrs. Ulleseit!
        I’m thinking of adding a whole new arsenal of Feather types, along with Artefacts to aide with feather-producing process. Placing them in a medieval fantasy world, then adding the balms of hearts of Dragons mixed with Murloc Slime would add a intr-Okay, I’m getting carried away.

  6. Submitted on 2011/10/11 at 4:07 pm

    I’m very excited to start reading this book, as I know it is very hooking. I can’t wait! Even the cover looks hooking! Sci-fi are not my favorites, but I might as well give this a try! I’m seeing so many enthusiastic people who want this book, and I guess I’ll become one of them as well! 🙂

    1. Submitted on 2011/10/11 at 5:11 pm | In reply to Michelle.

      Maybe you’ll discover you LOVE science fiction, Michelle! If not, it’s totally okay to abandon the book.

  7. Submitted on 2011/10/11 at 7:43 pm

    Wow Mrs Ulleseit, your review really wanted to make me feel like I REALLY should read the book. I love books like these however I usually read it in a girl’s point of view so I am excited to read it in a boy and a girl’s point of view. Mostly the romance/action novels are my favorites because then if I don’t finish the book, I’ll always wonder what happens. (I don’t have a facebook)

  8. Submitted on 2011/10/11 at 7:55 pm

    This seems like a totally AWESOME book and I really really really really really want to read it. I read the first chapter and it was so good!! I can’t wait to read more! (I don’t have a facebook either) 🙁

  9. Submitted on 2011/10/11 at 11:00 pm

    I can’t wait to read this book! The cover makes me jump, and after reading the first few pages of the book, I knew that this was going to be the best book I ever read.(Sadly, I don’t have a facebook either) 🙁

    1. Submitted on 2011/10/12 at 6:14 pm | In reply to Nitya.

      I love the colors on the cover too! They really make me wanna read the book! I will DIE if I don’t read it soon!!

  10. Submitted on 2011/10/14 at 10:11 am

    I loved this book when we read the first chapter in class .We all wanted to hear more. I want the book so badly I cant wait until it comes out in three days. I am so excited. When Apocalypse Gene comes out I am going to force my mom and say, “We got to got to the book store I HAVE to get this book right now.”

  11. Submitted on 2011/10/20 at 8:32 am

    KIds, I just want to say I LOVE YOU ALL!!! lol – I’m so excited about you reading The Apocalypse Gene . . . and ALBERT – wow, so you like our deadly feathers!? You MUST write a novel – SOON. I can tell you have a finely honed sense of awesome.

    Best to all. TOTAL LOVE!


  12. Submitted on 2011/10/20 at 11:27 am

    I am reading it. I love it! 🙂 I don’t have a facebook

  13. Submitted on 2011/10/20 at 4:21 pm

    I have to say, Carlyle and I are absolutely thrilled you kids are enjoying our book so much. We tried really hard not to be boring. We just stuck to the story and kept things moving along, and I guess it worked!

    We think you’re all very very smart kids. We’re very impressed. You must have an AWESOME teacher.

    Peace out!


    1. Submitted on 2011/10/23 at 6:16 pm | In reply to Suki Michelle.

      It’s easy to be an awesome teacher with a bunch of kids who LOVE to read and write! 🙂

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