Book Review: Apocalypse How? by Galen Surlak-Ramsey

Title:  Apocalypse How?

Author:  Galen Surlak-Ramsey

Publisher:  Tiny Fox Press

Publication Date:  September 24, 2019

Genres: Sci-fi

Shelves: Female-fronted

Damn, but this was a whole lot of fun. The opening chapter is basically Raiders of the Lost Ark on the ruins of an ancient spaceship, with the rest of the story exploding into Hitchhiker’s Guide territory before twisting it all up with shades of Doctor Who. If that sounds like your thing, then you’re in for a frantic bit of fun.

Apocalypse How? is the story of a girl, her giant tiger, a doomsday device, and an alien monster. Dakota Adams is a young woman, out to make a name for herself by pillaging the ruins of spaceships in search of artifacts from the original colony ships that seeded the universe. She is passionate, energetic, daring, and reckless – an act first, feel bad later, think about it another time kind of girl. How she survives beyond one chapter is only slightly less incredible than how she survives the next. It’s entirely preposterous but more than enough fun to strain the old willing suspension of disbelief.

Tolby, her tiger partner, is kind of a cross between Chewbacca, Ford Prefect, and Samwise Gangee – the wise, clever, handy, loyal best friend who always manages to be in the right place at the right time. Best of all, he’s a friend and a partner, an ally in Dakota’s search for treasure, with no will-they/won’t-they romantic shenanigans to drag the story down.

I hesitate to say much more than that, because this is one of those books where the pleasure of the read eclipses that of the plot. If you’ve watched any of those franchises that inspired it, especially Indiana Jones, then you can probably guess where it’s going, and won’t be especially surprised by all of the twists, but you’ll still be thoroughly entertained. It does get a bit much in the second half, with the efforts to keep up with all jumping around space and time almost as challenging as keeping up with Dakota’s frantic personality, but it’s worth the effort.

Apocalypse How? hooked me with that first chapter, putting some clever sci-fi twists on the opening to Raiders, and all I really wanted it to do was sustain that spirit. Is did so, and then some.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

My sincere thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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