I received an ARC (Advance Review Copy) of "Welcome to the Apocalypse" by DL Richardson just a week ago.
"Welcome to the Apocalypse" is one of those tales I normally avoid because there seem to be so many of them. But it has much more than that, something most movies and books of this genre is missing: It holds a deeper history for its characters, giving them motivation that drives them deeper.
The premise is based around three main characters who have been together since adolescence: Kelly, a grieving widdow; Jack, her brother and a website designer; and Reis the son of a senator. They each sign up for the game together for their own reasons. The game consists of a devilish Virtual Reality simulation played from inside NASA-designed simulation pods hooked up to a mainfraim. The game is simple: survive 24 hours of an apocalypse. The catch is that when they reach the end of the game, it throws them into another apocalypse, then another, and another, until it's apparent there is a huge problem! A computer malfunction! Will they die inside the pods, unable to communicate their dilemma to the outside world?
When I first started reading the first game, I thought, "Not another zombie book". But I was pleasantly surprised as DL Richardson did that with more class than any other apocalyptic story I have experienced. Yes, there were zombies, vampires, alien invasions, and much more, but she also delved into the human psyche and provided a deeper analysis through her main characters.
As they passed from one scenario to another, it became clear that the story deals with an Inception-like concept that will have you questioning your own reality. DL Richardson shows how much she has researched different apocalyptic situations that would blow the most hard-core survivalist away, and just when you think she's covered every single kind... she brings another out from the magic box!
But that's not all! Just when you think there is a resolution to the issue, and there is, the final twist tells us there is even more to Welcome To The Apocalypse than steak knives!
What is it?
You'll have to read this product from Australia to find out! And when you do, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)