Series: Archive of the Fives #1
Published by Black Spot Books on February 12, 2019
Genres: YA, Dystopian
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The end of the world is coming. How or when, scientists can't agree upon. For decades, Earth's best line of defense has been a team of young soldiers known as the Apocalypse Five, forced into virtual reality simulations to train for Doom's Day. But, this is no game. Death on the grid is brutally final and calls up the next in a long line of cadets. Stationed aboard the AT-1-NS Starship, the A5 are celebrities thrust into the limelight by a calling they didn't choose. All it takes is one unscheduled mission, showing seventeen-year-old team leader Detroit a harsh and unfathomable reality, to shake the A5's belief in all they thought they knew. After questioning people with the power to destroy them, the team is framed for a crime they didn't commit and marked for death. Now, the hunt is on. Can the Apocalypse Five expose the truth the starship would kill to keep hidden? Or, will their bravery end in a public execution?
I am beyond thrilled that I got the chance to read the Young Adult Sci-Fi Apocalypse Five (Archive of the Fives – Book 1) by the very talented Author Stacey Rourke. I will admit that I don’t read enough of Sci-Fi books, but Rourke just proves why I should be reading a lot more of them. If you are a fan of shows like The 100 or movies like Hunger Games, then you will absolutely fall in love with Apocalypse Five.
The AT-1-NS space station has been preparing for the apocalypse for years. They have been training young boys and girls for mankind’s sake so they can one day return to earth safe from any doomsday threat. The team of highly trained young adults is known as the Apocalypse Five. They partake in simulated missions to test their skills, but these missions are real and they risk their lives every single time. The Apocalypse Five has lasted eighteen months without a death and they are celebrated heroes on the space station, but when a simulation goes wrong, The heroes slowly become the hunted. Framed for a crime they did not commit, the Apocalypse Five will do everything within their power to expose the AT-1-NS if they can manage to stay alive.
Apocalypse Five has everything that I could ever want in a story – action, adventure, great world building, and wonderfully fleshed out characters I can fall in love with. You are thrust right into the action right from the start and it does not let up all the way to the end. I found my pulse quickening in a lot of the scenes and maybe even yelling a time or two when the storyline became even more intense and just when I thought the story could not get any better, Rourke adds another twist and steps it up a notch. The ending though blew me away and I am highly anticipating the second book in the series. I NEED it! Wow! I am completely floored and wondering why I have not read anything by Stacey Rourke previously. She is definitely an author to watch out for.
I have to say that Apocalypse Five truly won me over with its diverse cast of characters. Although they are young, they have lived through a lot and sometimes I would forget that they are only teens, but Rourke has such a way of reminding you that they ARE still teenagers….teenagers that still kick *ss! They still have that teenage angst and a lot of snark which really made their personalities shine through for me. Even though they are highly trained, they are not presented as robots. Each team member has feelings, dreams, and love for each other. They are a family and have each others backs at all times and it shows. There is also a little romance thrown in and while it might not have been necessary, I felt that it added to the overall story and growth of the characters.
Apocalypse Five is an intense, action packed Young Adult Sci-Fi that will totally grip you right from the start. I never wanted the story to end! This is definitely a book that will be added to your keeper shelf. I am over the moon and so looking forward to the next book in the series.