Book Review: The Usual Apocalypse (The Society Book 2) by Christine Price [+ Audiobook]

When Matt set out to find the long-lost brother of one of his last case's victims, he didn't expect to stumble into a relationship and fall in love with the man once he'd found him. But between Matt's workaholism that ruins all his relationships and the dangerous case he's currently on, their relationship might be doomed from the start.

Book Review: The Usual Apocalypse (The Society Book 2) by Christine Price
Title: The Usual Apocalypse
Book Number: Book 2
Pages: 284
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


I’ve read this book twice, first the normal way, then the audiobook some years later, and it turns out my thoughts are very similar. I really liked it, even more than the first book!

For one thing, I felt the characters in this one were much stronger and had more depth.

Matt was my favorite character in the first book, despite being a side character, so I was excited to see he got his own book. He was quippy, funny, smart, observant, confident, and a good person who wanted to help others… but he was a lonely workaholic. I feel like I rarely see workaholism as a character flaw, so that was interesting. Because of his powers that make it impossible for people to lie to him or around him, he had a crappy childhood and relationships that never lasted, so he started throwing himself into his work, but that only made relationships even more doomed to fail. He was this mixture of confidence and rumpled, suppressed sadness, and altogether he was just so easy to love.

Brennan was great too. Forward, confident, outgoing, sexual, and completely himself. At first I was uncomfortable with how forward he was, but then I remembered he could read minds, and Matt was probably projecting his thoughts and attraction, so I was able to let it slide.

Their romance was great too. Just the right amount of angst and struggle. A good helping of passion and scorching hot sex. But more than that, I could understand and feel their connection and their love, and I wanted them to be together.

There were also some interesting paranormal powers. Matt’s ability to make people tell the truth. Brennan’s mind-reading and telekinesis. Umbra’s shadow manipulation.

I didn’t love the audiobook narration by Blake Bodkin. It didn’t match how I imagined the characters sounding (which I know is subjective and not the narrator’s fault), especially Brennan, and it could be hard to tell characters apart sometimes as the voices he did weren’t that different. But he did make the narration and dialogue sound natural.

Overall, this was a great book with lovable characters, an angsty but sweet romance, and a well-plotted mystery that kept me hooked!

*Although this is part of a series, you could probably enjoy this one as a standalone without reading the first book since it’s about different characters, though it does have some ties to the previous story.*

*I’ve read this book multiple times. This review was written after my 2nd read.*

Reread Ratings:
4.5 Stars (1st read – 2016)
4.5 Stars (2nd read – 2020)


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  1. Olivia-Savannah Roach

    It seems like rereading this series is going well for you and I am glad you’re liking the characters and being able to follow along with their romance. I also think the workaholic nature of the themes is also pretty important and relevant as I know a lot of people struggle with balancing that and having a social life these days. A shame about not liking the narrator though…

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah it’s kind of surprising there aren’t more workaholic characters in books, when you think about it. But yes, I did enjoy this reread 🙂 (Unfortunately there are only two books lol.)

  2. Greg

    I like that title. 🙂 Almost like it’s kind of off-the-cuff. Anyway sounds like the characters are the strength here, and I always like seeing how characters grow when they have powers that affect how they grew up or whatever. Cool powers too! Making people tell the truth, mind reading (especially in the context of a relationship- how tricky would THAT be?) and shadow manipulation especially sounds really cool.

    Glad this was so good!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah it was just something the characters jokingly said at one point, and it’s a cute title. They are some really cool powers! Although the truth-telling didn’t work on the mind-reader, so that helped in their relationship lol.