Apocalypsis Series by Elle Casey

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A Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian series that grabs your attention and keeps you going until the very end. As a whole, I give this series 5 stars. This post includes major story line spoilers, so if you’re interested in reading the books, I suggest you look at my individual reviews on each book before reading any further on this.

The world has fallen apart. A virus has killed all that are not in the age of puberty. All the adults and children have died, leaving the teenagers to run things on their own. Bryn, the main character, is 16 and alone. Her father left her with a very valuable set of skills. She has been trained in Krav Maga since the age of three, and knows exactly how to use it. She teams up with Peter who has made his way to her neighbor’s house across the back fence. Resources are scarce and they decide to leave town because of other gangs of kids gaining violent tendencies, like hunting other kids and eating them for dinner. Bryn and Peter start calling them “canners” so that’s the word we will use as well. The meet up with a stranded German exchange student named Bodo on the road and he joins their ranks. As they become something like a family unit, the three of them battle their way down to the Everglades, having many close calls.

They eventually reach a Native American reservation in the swamp, and fight for their right to stay. The “Meeks” agree to give them food, shelter and safety in exchange for training in Krav Maga. Bryn and Bodo become a couple. At this point in the series there is a slight shift in focus. Before this point, most of the story is about the physcial journey to Kahaytle (the swamp), but now it also becomes an emotional journey. One of their own who was not currently living with the tribe shows up in very bad shape. She escaped a group of canners and came to the swamp for refuge, but not until after they amputated her arm for one of their barbecues. The chiefs, Kowi and Trip, along with Bryn, decide to invade in order to rescue other kidnapped kids and hopefully rid the area of canners.

The canners have a pretty well fortified compound, but are easily penetrated. Bryn’s group suffers many injuries, some of the canners escape, many kids with missing body parts are rescued and Bodo is no where to be found on the return trip to Kahaytle. As they tend the wounded and recover from the attack, Winky and Bryn make plans to go back for Bodo. Bryn has a momentary encounter (one kiss) with Paci, but quickly decides that Bodo may very well be alive and that she needs to focus on finding him.

There is an issue in the swamp with welcoming new people and Bryn decides that it’s time for her to move on. She’s gained a following in the swamp and they start their journey to find Bodo, dead or alive. They find Bodo with a group of girls that call themselves the Amazons. They bargain to get a drugged Bodo back by giving them a baby. (Just read the books, seriously. I’m leaving out a lot of good parts.) With Bodo in tow, they head for a prison to set up a new establishment there and pick up a few extra people on the way.

They reach the prison and naming it Haven, more settlers arrive. Word is out about Bryn and her movement, and some people are coming to staywith her.  Kahaytle is attacked and some of the others that stayed behind work their way to Bryn. Her relationship with Bodo becomes very strained. Bryn and her group go back to Kahaytle to rescue their friends, only to meet another group of good kids along the way. They learn of a sort of network of anti-canner kids and team up. They bring more people back to Haven and start to work. Bodo and Bryn end their relationship…. The big finale is coming. The canners attack Haven, and lose. Many lives are lost, but Haven perserveres and becomes the community it was meant to be.

Those are the bare bones of the story line. There is so much more to this story than just that. I strongly urge you to read the books for yourself. You’ll fall in love with Bryn, with Peter, with Bodo, with Winky and with all of the characters. They all have a crucial role in the events that take place. This series is full of humor. It would be easy for this book to be depressing because of the circumstances, but the humor keeps it light. Each person has their own feelings, and you can almost feel it along side them. You feel triumph when something works, pain when someone is hurt, and struggle when times are especially hard. Elle’s writing is so easy to lose yourself in. She creates this alternate reality that is entirely believeable in the way she portrays it.

The only thing I dislike about this series is that it’s over.

My favorite part of all is the controversial kiss with Paci. I loved Paci from the beginning! What’s yours?

-K

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Elle Casey’s Apocalypsis book 4: Haven book review

Apocalypsis: Book 4 (Haven)

My name’s Bryn Mathis. I’m seventeen years old, and I’m alive at a critical time in our world’s history, unlike all the adults and babies who didn’t survive the virus that almost wiped out the human race.
 
Alliances are building, enemies are gathering, and everything’s about to reach the boiling point. I’m in a race against time to get Haven ready for the final showdown, a confrontation that could very possibly destroy everything my friends and I have worked so hard to create.
 
People I trusted have betrayed me. People who I thought were my enemies are not. Nothing is as it seems, and nothing will ever be the same for me, now that I’ve embarked on this one last adventure that could be the undoing of everything that is me.
 
My review:
Another book by Elle Casey that I am giving 5 stars. This book will take you high and low. It’s a bit more serious than the other books in this series, but not too serious. The humor is in all the appropriate places, but the book has a bit of a darker feel due to all of the issues the characters are facing. Bryn’s character struggles with the pressure of holding their portion of the new world together, while also juggling normal teenage girl problems…aka boys. This book is full of action and doesn’t disappoint on the emotional side either. The ending is perfect, although I do wish that EC had continued the series…. All good things must come to an end though, and a glorious ending it was!
 
I’ll review the series as a whole in another post, I try not to give too many details since I’m convinced you are about to click the link at the top to buy the book. 🙂
 
Visit www.ElleCasey.com for her blog, information on her books, and much more!
 
Some foul language and violence. Recommended for all over age 15!
 
-K

Apolcalypsis Book 3: Exodus Book Review

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Apocalypsis: Book 3 (Exodus) (Volume 3)

($4.99 on amazon for kindle edition.)

My name’s Bryn Mathis. I’m seventeen years old, and my world has been turned
upside down and inside out. I’m racing towards a future I cannot
control.

I thought I had everything worked out, but then things changed.
I thought we were all cut off from one another, but it turns out, we’re
not.

They say people are talking, and word about me and what I’ve done is
spreading like the virus that wiped out millions of people, leaving us teens
alone to fend for ourselves. And depending on who you are, and what you eat for
dinner, I’m either your salvation or your target.

 

 

My review:

With 5 stars, this is my favorite of the series, so far. This book has it all. If you read book one and two, I guarantee you started three as soon as you could get your hands on it. Elle has a tendency to write cliffhangers, and she does not disappoint here either. This book will take you high and low, you’ll cry and laugh with girl drama, boy drama, loss, gain, fear, hatred and happiness. Bryn does what she feels is right, as always, and it is definetely another adventure. I absolutely love Winky’s character, and I was team Paci from the beginning! Just read it already so we can discuss it without me spoiling the whole thing!

 

Check out www.ElleCasey.com for her other books and fun stuff!

Besides being a kick ass author, Elle also likes to connect with her fans. She was cool enough to comment on the last two reviews!

 

Apocalypsis Book 1: Kahayatle book review

Apocalypsis: Book 1: Kahayatle (Volume 1)

(Only $2.99 on amazon for the kindle edition right now, but it’s worth so much more!)

Written by Elle Casey, a freaking awesome indie author.

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.

First, I have to say that this is an amazing book. I give it 5 stars. Let me try not to give too much of it away…. Bryn’s personality draws you in, after all who doesn’t love a kick ass American girl? She’s fierce, and she protects her own. In her world, everyone has a sad back story. Everyone has lost someone, if not everyone who was anyone to them. She’s forced to leave her neighborhood, with a friend in tow, and meets another unlikely person on the road. Together, they become a family. Their world has become over run with evil and they are in search of a new place to call home. Every event spirals into the next. In this book, you will find comedy, action, horror, romance and more comedy! You wont want to put it down, but when you finally do, you’ll be reaching for book 2!

I wouldn’t suggest this series for anyone under 13. There are no drugs or sex scenes in this installment, but there is some violence and foul language.

I suggest all things Elle Casey!

Visit www.ellecasey.com for information on her other books, sneak peaks, and her blog! (Yes, I am promoting for free because I love her work so much)

-K

“Why do you read so much?”

I’ve been asked this question before, multiple times actually. To be honest, I’ve never really thought about it until the last few days. I read all the time. There’s hardly ever a time when I’m not in the middle of a book. I generally finish one and turn around and start another the next day, some times even the same day. I guess the answer I’ve come up with, is that reading is my escape. My escape from life; from pain, from stress, from anxiety. If I have a good book in my hand, I can find myself in a completely separate place. Wandering the halls of Hogwarts, hanging out with Sookie in Bon Temps, trying to choose between a sparkly vampire or a hot werewolf, fighting evil in the green forest, starting a new life after a virus wipes out most of the world, running from aliens, fighting daemons, falling in love with any number of fictional characters and living their drama for a while instead of my own. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and the people in it, but everyone needs a break. I find mine on my kindle app or in the pages of a book. Never underestimate the psychological and emotional value in a good book.