Book Review: Little Apocalypse
I hope you had a happy holiday and that it was everything you wanted and more. Mine was a bit low key, but that’s more my speed these days, so I’m pretty darn happy. We had a bit of snow right before Christmas in KC, so it put me right in the reading mood, meaning it’s time for another book review!
This time I read Little Apocalypse by Katherine Sparrow.
It’s very rare that a book speaks to me on first sight, but there was something about this book that kept pulling my attention. All throughout my grad school semester, my mind would frequently veer towards this novel, enough that I’d probably visited the GoodReads page 10-20 times. Talk about a book crush!
Once the madness of the semester was over and I did a little catch up on my TBR, I dove right into this one to remedy this obsession and find out once and for all if this book was as enchanting as it seemed.
On to the book review!
Monsters aren’t real. Everyone knows that.
When a sudden earthquake strands Celia’s parents out of town, she finds herself on her own in a shaken city. She tries to reach out to other kids around her apartment building. Some of them, like the sad boy named Demetri, seem wary of letting her too close. The others call themselves Hunters. They claim the earthquake was caused by monsters only kids can see. And they think Celia is destined to save the city.
Celia doesn’t feel destined to save anything—but for the first time, she feels like maybe she’s seeing things as they really are….
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Man oh man did I enjoy this epic middle grade adventure!
This book focuses on a young girl named Celia. When her parents leave town and an earthquake shatters any hope of communication or a way to get back to her, strange things start to happen. Odd noises persist, and strange kids start roaming the hallways of her apartment building. Will Celia finally make the friends she’s always dreamed of having, or is there more to these kids and this earthquake than meets the eye?
What really made this book a winner for me was the characters. Celia is a great main character and easy to relate to. She’s a bit of a misfit among her classmates and she struggles to find any friends, but she’s also a resourceful, smart young girl. She had a lot of progression throughout the novel and learned how to stand up for herself and fight for what she believes in.
I loved all the Littles and the uniqueness to each one of them. Demetri was my favorite, and I loved the bond he and Celia formed and how unbreakable it was. The hunters were just as interesting, though I favored the Littles more.
The writing flowed really well from chapter to chapter and was super easy to read and binge.
The magic system in this novel also worked wonderfully for me. These awful monsters called Bigs controlled the Littles as their slaves, but in return they take on their attributes and have magic. There was also a ton of creativity in the traits of these beings that made each one extremely unique.
The plot was full of twists and turns, and that ending? I absolutely loved it!
If you need a middle grade departure from reality, you’ve got to give this one a try!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!