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for Alien Apocalypse - Genesis
Review by Ursula
K. Raphael "AstraDaemon, The Zombiephiles"
Apocalypse - Genesis is the third story in the sci-fi series by Dean
Giles; Alien Apocalypse: The
Hunger is a free prequel that offers a very brief glimpse of what
happened before Alien
Apocalypse - The Storm.
Genesis, the alien substance that is only susceptible to oil is referred
to as "the ancient mind," and is one of the main POVs throughout
the story. The other POVs are told through Leon, and a creation of the
alien entity. The new creations give an unexpected depth to the series
that I was not expecting, and open up all kinds of possibilities for the
this point, not only do I think very highly of Dean Giles & his sci-fi
tales (check out Ghost
in the Machine for another great sci-fi story), but I think Alien
Apocalypse would make a fantastic graphic novel.
STONE CONTINUES TO ROLL, AND MUTANT MOSS GATHERS
review by AJ Kirby
back to Dean Giles' post-apocalyptic world. I hope you've stocked up on
story is that rare thing that snooty critics would have you believe
doesn't exist; intelligent science fiction. It's obviously well
researched and imagined. But so is a lot of the sci-fi I read. What
separates this from the rest is the heart which Giles creates, and which
pumps within this relentless narrative.
this new offering in the series, Genesis, Giles continues with the story
of humanity on the brink of extinction. The world is almost completely
overrun by alien moss, which chokes the life out of anything that moves
or has a heart. And the moss is clever, sentient. It has an ancient mind
focused on the destruction of humans.
this enemy is mutating. Is becoming even more horrific. Because now, it
can replicate human beings. Things are not what they seem. Elliot, and
Leon, his father, don't know who to trust in this new, dangerous world.
And when they rescue Isabel from the oil refinery, neither of them could
have known the chain reaction of events they set off.
is at once an environmental metaphor, a scare story and always, a
rollercoaster ride. It's brilliantly paced and effortlessly engaging.
And the action sequences are gripping. Looking deeper, you can see the
work which has gone into this. It's carefully crafted. The story arc is
wonderfully wrought and the characters are deftly drawn. The
relationship between the father and son calls to mind Cormac McCarthy's
The Road, and this is no idle comparison. in this stark, unforgiving
environment, which is populated by opportunists and killers like the
Black Beard bunch, Giles instills real hope and human spirit in his
protagonists. They carry the torch for humanity. It's as much about the
evil - and goodness - inherent within humanity as it is about the
aliens. Indeed, the 'bad guys' are the slavers, the brutal opportunists
who take advantage of the situation to gain power over others as it is
about the moss.
is a creation which would grace our tv screens. It calls to mind the
fresh writing styles as evidenced in series such as The Walking Dead.
And commuters, read this, because I swear, never will you have seen the
M25 so quiet!