Review: Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid #4) by Seanan McGuire

March 26, 2015 Review 1

Review:  Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid #4) by Seanan McGuirePocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire
Published by DAW on March 3, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 341 pages
Source: Publicity Agency, Publisher
Sexual Content: not too graphic and short sex scene, kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
4 Stars

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.

With a series about cryptids who can kill you in very weird ways it was inevitable that a visit to Australia, a land of ten thousand things that can kill you if you look at them wrong; was in store for the Incryptid series. POCKET APOCALYPSE introduces werewolves into this world which from the perspective of someone who has read a ton of werewolf related books, seemed kind of mundane for this series. Luckily, the werewolves in this book were something unique and treated as an invasive disease of a sort which increased the threat level of werewolves and made a seemingly 'boring' cryptid into something dangerously strange and fitting within this world.

With this werewolf apocalypse occurring in Australia we get to visit Alex's girlfriend's family and see the how the human-cryptid culture in Australia works.  It was fun to see the different approach in the treatment of cryptids which is vastly different to how the Price family runs things in the U.S. Shelby's family introduces a new dynamic for Alex to interact with and it was kind of fun to see him try to figure out how to get on the good side of these people who are already suspicious of his intentions with Shelby and his capabilities in dealing with this werewolf apocalypse. I liked having Alex as a kind of unconventional hero. He's a science geek, who happens to know his way around a gun. Much of the way he figures the werewolf issue out is through scientific analysis and reasoning. Also shooting things. While there is a lot of thinking and analyzing there are some fantastic and teeth-clenching action scenes in this story.

POCKET APOCALYPSE is a fun cryptid mystery with a good balance of snark, tension, and tons of twists that I honestly didn't see coming. The only complaint I had was the fact that no one had a drop bear as a pet because I wanted to see one in this story. The pet Church Griffin was an acceptable and awesome replacement. While I had fun with Alex, Shelby, and Shelby's kind of frightening family, I am looking forward to seeing what Alex's sister Verity has been up to in CHAOS CHOREOGRAPHY coming out in 2016.

Series Titles:

1. Discount Armageddon
2. Midnight Blue-Light Special

3. Half-Off Ragnarok

 

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One Response to “Review: Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid #4) by Seanan McGuire”

  1. Kim

    I loved it too. Parts reminded me of the film Black Sheep, a ridiculous zombie/weresheep movie set in New Zealand. Not for the faint of heart, but hilarious!