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CHILDREN OF THE APOCALYPSE

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By Saoirse, member

Aug 14, 2009: When the thought occurred to me, a couple of years ago now, to scour the internet in search of what sort of free reading materials were out there that could quench my need for a good story, I hadn’t had particularly high hopes of finding anything spectacular. “Who on earth with any skill would have their work free online?” I had asked myself. I knew of many wonderful fan fictions, of course, but that wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted something new, something entirely original, something that didn’t make me feel guilty getting attached to.

Eventually I did find my way to many interesting online novels (mostly through the help of this lovely site here), or rather serials, as they generally are, but very, very few ever really managed to successfully trip my trigger. No matter what my writing sometimes may suggest, I actually am aware of how spelling and grammar are supposed to work, how plots are supposed to flow, what makes a twist predictable and what doesn’t, and many, many stories online, for one of these reasons or another, eventually lost my interest over time.

Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Children of the Apocalypse, however, has had me glued like an addict since I first came across it. Her writing style is wonderfully intelligent for someone who offers her work free, and her characters are well rounded, with personality and depth that even some of the most published and popular authors have never managed to pull off (I’m looking at you, Meyer). What’s more fun than her skill at formulating these “real” characters however, is Cameron’s ability to weave them into a plot you just can’t tear yourself out of, with wonderfully refreshing twists that actually surprise, mystery that remains just that until the big reveal comes, and enough intrigue to make sure it’s always worth coming back for more. While this book is available for money on the physical plane, the fact that Skyla offers it to her readers for free online just makes it, and her, even more impressive to me in the end.

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CHILDREN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Keeping me reading

By C J Edwards, member

Jun 1, 2010: So far this story seems to be aimed at a younger audience that what I fall into, but after reading the first chapter I have to say I want to read the second. I need to know why Genevieve is being followed. Aside from a few very minor things the writing is very solid and like I said, I will be reading more because I need to know what happens next. As long as I need to know what happens next I will keep reading.

Some of the teacher student interaction seemed a bit much in the first chapter. Are teachers really that mean? I know it has been a while since I was in highschool but if a teacher treated my child that way we would have words. Also some of the dialogue between Gen and her friends was a little confusing and hard to follow. Sometimes dialogue would appear without any indication as to who is speaking. This can pull you out of the story a little bit, but it is a minor issue and easily fixed.

I will be interested to see how the next couple of chapters come togeather.

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CHILDREN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Great Story!

By Jaws415, member

Sep 22, 2009: Children of the Apocalypse is a great read so far, it is in short a pre-apocalypse story. The story follows 3 special girls with powers and one bastard of a mentor whose job it is to save the world. The “bad guys” are mysterious and varied and not everything is what it seems.

What I like about it: The story progresses smoothly without the perspective confusion that you find in stories that follow more then one main character. The characters develop nicely and the author stays true to the characters’ characteristics, there is never a question as to why a character did what they did. The overall plot is engaging with enough sub-plots and twists that keep the story interesting. The story never seems drawn out and stale, it always feels fresh. The character’s may have special powers however the story revolves more around the characters themselves and how they interact then their wham-bam powers (wham-bam is a technical term  ). The chapter length is nice and long, no tid-bits here and there.

What I don’t care for: I would love to see this updated more frequently then once a month, but understand that, that is probably not feasible with the chapter length and the author’s other work (Curio Killed the Cat). The new 50 point system, a user must register and acquire 50 points (from commenting, donating, reviewing etc.) in order to read new chapters (old chapters are available for free until Part III Chap 8) while I can understand where the author is coming from and some of the problems they encountered, I would like to see a better way of doing this, maybe some type of yearly subscription service.

If you are looking for an engaging web-serial check this out or the author’s other works, the complete list can be found here: http://www.skyladawncameron.com/books.

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