Apocalypse Array (Science Fiction Series)
by Lyda Morehouse
Review by Steve Sawicki
Roc Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 0451459814
Date: 01 June, 2004 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
I shouldn't admit this but I didn't read the first book. That being the case, when I tell you that you can read this one without reading the first you can take me at my word. This is a book about myth and the jarring edge where it becomes reality. In Morehouse's universe, Angels exists, as does Satan and both have mystical pulls on humans. It's a future world that has sunk into either disrepair or apathy. The remaining humans appear to be either strung out hippies or strung up punks with a few technologists thrown in for good measure.
The book is in first person with each chapter changing perspective so you go from Morningstar to the young Deidre to the wily bride of Morningstar (Evangeline) to Emmaline to the AI Dragon to Deidre's mom and so on. It's incredibly important to pay attention to what character you are following, as it's not just perspective that shifts but facts and information. This is tricky stuff to write and even more tricky to read. For the most part it's very successful, allowing Morehouse to move from character to character showing you what she wants when she wants to and avoiding the typical problem of single character books in that you are stuck in a single perspective and experience.
The writing is pretty sharp and the plotting is interesting and mildly twisty which adds to the interest. The world is intriguing and Morehouse teases and explores, both satisfying and building interest for what may come next. I found the combination enjoyable and would definitely keep my eyes open for the next volume in the series. Morehouse has something going here and it's an interesting enough journey that you'll want to go along too.