Books I’ve Enjoyed: Apocalypsis by Elle Casey

My name’s Bryn Mathis. I’m seventeen years old, and I live in a neighborhood outside of Orlando, Florida. I live alone because my dad died almost a year ago, along with all the other adults in the world. I’m almost out of food and the gangs of kids that roam around my town are getting more vicious by the day.

It’s time for me to leave and find another place to live … a place where I can find food and shelter … a place where they won’t be able to find me.

Alone, it might have been possible; but now I’ve got company. I’m worried that I don’t have what it takes to get from here to my final destination.

And I have no idea what might be waiting for me when I get there.

 Apocalypsis: Book 1 (Kahayatle) a really edgy, funny book that puts the really dark, brutal circumstances of the world it is set in into perspective.

The humor and banter is what keeps this from being too dark and broody. The stark violence and just appalling situations these kids are put in begs for the humor to make it entertaining and not just downright scary. I really felt like it was a perfect blend of the two.

Once again, Elle Casey delivers a strong female heroine. I absolutely loved the main character. She reminds me a lot of the heroine from War Of the Fae.

The characters really drive this one home. Bryn is strong, skilled and determined and yet, she has a soft side. Peter is positively adorable and Bodo is just very simplistic and so genuine. He’s such a different type of hero because he is so on the surface. I suspect he has a secret but he isn’t broody or broken or anything. He offers up his loyalty on a silver platter.

The early plot starts out a bit predictable. If they need to open a lock, they find something on the ground. If they can’t carry their stuff, they find a trailer, etc. But aside from that, the plot is strong. Each event sends you spiraling toward the next, keeping you fully grounded in the story. By the end, it is anything but predictable.

What I found missing in this one is characters changing as they went through. Most books grab me because I want to partake on the character’s journey. This one grabbed me more because of the plot. The characters were likeable and I am definitely invested in them, but it wasn’t their emotional journey that left me hooked. I think this book is more plot centric than character centric.

I will definitely be continuing with this series. It was good enough that I have already bought the second book and begun reading it.

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