This is a book that genuinely surprised me. A dystopian novel for me has to be written with a clear purpose in mind, and has to show some sort of conflict; personally or socially. The dystopian society in this book is much more believable and relatable to the readers, in that it provides a realistic conflict (super-cancer pandemic), with well-rounded characters. I felt sympathy for Olivya throughout the whole book; to be constantly surrounded by death and to be able to see others emotions and feelings in such an invasive manner is something that would be difficult to deal with on a daily basis. There were a lot of fast-paced action scenes that helped to move away from occasional bouts of important dialogue, so that the book didn't become uninteresting or too verbose. THE APOCALYPSE GENE reminded me a lot of THE STAND by Stephen King, in that it is able to successfully portray the impact of a global crisis on a personal level. Olivya and Mikah have so much story to them, and you can't help but end up loving them by the end of this book. All in all, I think that THE APOCALYPSE GENE is a book that should be given more of a chance, and is one of the better titles in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction.
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 . . .