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Archive of the Fives, #1

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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?
Source: I received a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours and opted to post a review. 
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pub. Date: February 12, 2019
Series: Archive of the Fives
Blog Tour Sponsor: XPresso Book Tours

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Review

The only thing standing between the citizens of Earth and their demise during the impending apocalypse is a group of five young adults called, "The Apocalypse Five." These young adults are chosen at a young age and trained to be the first and last line of defense against the apocalypse. The training is brutal; "The Five" are connected to virtual reality simulations and sent on missions. There are two catches: first, the team has to figure out the mission's objective while fighting to survive. Second, death is final. If a team member dies in the simulation, they die in real life. When the latest leader of "The Five" is sent on a mission, what she discovers will put her life, and the team's, in jeopardy.

I enjoyed this book. The combination of the setting and premise are intriguing and I liked how readers are thrust into the action on the first page. The characters have their own quirks and traits that make them unique and easy to relate to. The tension between a couple of the characters is typical for a YA novel and doesn't cross the thin line that separates "young adult" from "new adult."

As much as I enjoyed the book, I had an issue with it. The premise is one of the YA dystopian tropes that we've seen a lot of lately. You have a group of people who have all the power, and you have a group of people who don't have any power. The people in power conscript young adults from the people who aren't in power, and motivate the young adults to fight by offering them freedom or prestige. I've read several of this author's books and she has always offered a unique perspective on these "typical" tropes; however, in this case, I think the differences were too subtle.

What sets this book apart from similar books in this genre is the plot twist. Even though I figured it out fairly quickly, the plot and the characters were compelling enough for me to keep reading. For me, half the fun is seeing how the story unfolds, how the characters figure out what's really going on behind the scenes.

Overall, Apocalypse Five was a good read and I'm pretty sure readers who enjoy books like "The Hunger Games" series will enjoy it too. I'm anxious to see what Rourke has in store for these characters in the next book. 

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About Stacey Rourke

Stacey Rourke, author of APOCALYPSE 5
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RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012 Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

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