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Review: Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire

Pocket ApocalypseTitle: Pocket Apocalypse

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: InCryptid (Book #4)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756408121 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756408121 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Endangered, adjective: Threatened with extinction or immediate harm.

Australia, noun: A good place to become endangered.

Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family—no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice.

Still, he’s starting to feel like he’s got the hang of things…at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up, asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport.  From there, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don’t like their “visiting expert” very much.

Australia is a cryptozoologist’s dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges.  Unfortunately, it’s also filled with Shelby’s family, who aren’t delighted by the length of her stay in America.  And then there are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. The continent which currently includes Alex.

Survival is hard enough when you’re on familiar ground.  Alex Price is very far from home, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: he’s not going down without a fight.

Quick & Dirty: Meeting his girlfriend’s family, hunting some werewolves and taking a trip to Australia… All in day’s work!

Opening Sentence: “Alex eased himself around the open stable door, his heart beating so hard it felt like it was going to break in two.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Alex is back with book 4 picking up not too long after the end of book 3. Shelby has come to him and asked him about werewolves, and then she follows it up with asking him to come to Australia to help with the werewolf problem. Alex is more than a little worried, because werewolves can infect any mammals. The potential for spreading widely and quickly is unparalleled. As he packs up his most needed items and several of his Aesin mice, he worries that this could all go badly.

Once in Australia Alex meets Shelby’s highly hostile family. They make no bones about how much they dislike him, he even has to use the Aeslin mice to prove who he is. As he tries to update the thirty-six society on werewolves and how it spreads he is met with more hostility. When he goes on a supply run with society member Cooper that ends with Alex being bitten and Cooper ending up dead, things go from bad to worse.

However, Alex is shocked when his mice inform him that he is not sick, it turns out that years ago the Aselin mice experienced a werewolf outbreak with an older member of the family, and as they pass down all knowledge they passed down the scent information as well. Later, when Alex and the rest of the Tanner family are out and attacked by weresheep, he knows that they are dealing with a much bigger problem. Will he be able to help them figure out what is going on? Will he be able to stay alive?

I have to say I was a little shocked when reading book 3 and switching to Alex’s pov, but he grew on me. While he isn’t like Verity at all, he is interesting and just as resourceful if not more than Verity. I must also mention that I sincerely adore the Aeslin mice, they just might be my favorite characters in these books. They aren’t but they are pretty dang close, their religion, their speech, the feasting, their bravery. I can’t get enough of them, kudos for such a small add that really makes the story unique.

I wonder if we will eventually get a book from Antimony’s pov? I have a feeling she will be very interesting. I can’t wait to read the next book, I have missed Verity and I am looking forward to reading about her and Dominic again! If you haven’t read this series than look no further. There may be a lot of heavy stuff, but Seanan deals it out in this series in such a light-hearted way that you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride!

Notable Scene:

Aeslin Mice are small and have limited natural defenses, but they’re also smart, and surprisingly good at surviving, considering the massed forces the world has rallied to kill them off. I sat down on the edge of the bed and pulled out my laptop, trusting the mice to take care of themselves.

The InCryptids Series:

1. Discount Armageddon

2. Midnight Blue-Light Special

3. Half-Off Ragnarok

4. Pocket Apocalypse

5. Chaos Choreography

6. Magic For Nothing

7. Tricks for Free

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FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Pocket Apocalypse. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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