Pocket Apocalypse

Incryptid Series #4

By Seanan McGuire

ISBN #978-0756408121

Author’s Website: http://www.seananmcguire.com/

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar


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.


“Adversity doesn’t exist to make us stronger. Adversity exists because this world is a damn hard place to live. Prove that you’re better than the things it throws at you. Live” – Thomas Price.

Pocket Apocalypse is not like your other stories of hot, sexy, and loyal werewolves’ series. No, this series is about mammals bigger than ninety pounds, infected with the lycanthropy-w virus that degrades their mental health, changes their body structure, and turns them into killing machines that are to be shot at site, for they want to spread it to others.

We see Alex Price, once again with his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, in a new and more dangerous than ever adventure involving werewolves and Australia. And, to make thing even worse, it’s time for Alex to meet Shelby’s parents and the mysterious Thirty-Six Society. All of this will put Alex and Shelby’s relationship to test.

In the first chapters, I liked the way that Alex describes his grandparents’ house. When I was reading this part I got the idea that he was entering the house of The Munsters and that Alex is Marilyn Munster.

“We try to avoid words like ‘monster’ when we can. They tend to prejudice people. And yet, sometimes, ‘monsters’ is the only word that fits.” – Jonathan Healy

Author Seanan McGuire, in my opinion, has created the most dangerous characters that any author could have done: the Ae mice. Why? Because we, her fans, for the rest of our lives will want to have a colony of them. Pocket Apocalypse is the fourth book in the Incryptid series and the mice don’t stop to amaze me. I believe the series will end, and we will still be falling for those little creatures.

Then, as one, they began waving their feathers and candles and shouting, “HAIL! HAIL THE GOD OF SCALES AND SCIENCES, CONQUEROR OF WEREWOLVES!”  “That is not going to become a part of my official title” I said sternly…

This story has the mystery, suspense, betrayal, and the funny moments that the previous books in the series have had. You will laugh, cry a little bit, and even gasp in surprise while reading the story.

For fans of Alex, this will be the last book where he is the narrator, but don’t be sad, his sister Verity will be back as narrator for the next book, Chaos Choreography, where as how things ended up in Pocket Apocalypse, I believed, we will see all three of the Price children under the same roof.

“…I kept shunting them to the side, focusing on science. Science would save me…”

For those who are fans of Seanan McGuire or like stories of creatures which existence hasn’t been proven, I recommend you read Pocket Apocalypse. Where creatures prowl the night, disease spread through fluids, and relationships are set in stone.

Would you like to visit Australia? Tell us in the comments.