Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire
Series: InCryptid #4
Published by DAW
Published on: March 3 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.
Four books in and I’m still loving McGuire’s InCryptid series, though it must be said that I’m not going to terribly miss Alex’s POV.
He’s just not as fun as Verity. *shrugs awkwardly*
POCKET APOCALYPSE sends us to Australia to investigate an outbreak of lycanthropy. In most circumstances I’d rejoice at this development, but not this time—InCryptid’s werewolves aren’t super hot alphaholes who happen to shapeshift during the full moon, no, they are not.
These werewolves are ravening monsters, incapable of reason . . . Or are they?
Hmm . . .
In any case, they’re bad news, which is why, despite his very legitimate fear of werewolves, Alex agrees to return with Shelby to her homeland to help her family deal with the threat.
Also bad news, is Shelby’s family and the members of the Thirty-Six society in general. B/c JERKS, the lot of them.
That being said, we do get to meet a handful of new cryptids, including but not limited to the Aussie version a sasquatch, who reminded me of Swamp Thing more than anything else. If Swamp Thing could be bribed with magazines and cookies . . .
SO. With Verity next on the dock, and Antimony to follow, it’s definitely time for any of you urban fantasy fans to check out this series, if you haven’t already. CREATURES, people, CREATURES. Highly recommended.
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