Review: Blackout by Mira Grant

blackoutSeries: Newsflesh #3
Published by: Orbit
ISBN: 1841499005
ISBN 13: 9781841499000
Published: May 2012
Pages: 659
Format reviewed: Paperback
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five
Lists: Favourite
Related Reviews: Feed (Newsflesh #1), Deadline (Newsflesh #2)

‘Blackout’ by Mira Grant is the final book in the ‘Newsflesh’ trilogy, and what a ride it’s been! A fast-paced, surprising series that remains decent and just as good as the other the entire way through, these books demand to be read in as few sitting as possible.

Unless, of course, you’re the exact opposite as I am with the last, and fumble over the last few hundred pages because the thought of it all being over is something you want to avoid, and you can’t stand to think a favourite series is about to be over forever.

I apologise in advance for what will be a difficult review – I always struggle to review my very favourite books, as attempting to do them justice seems to leave me a gibbering wreck.

You can find my review of the first book, ‘Feed’ and so, I can jump directly into my thoughts on ‘Blackout’, which leads straight on from the second book, ‘Deadline’. The first book was told mostly from George’s POV, and the second mostly from Shaun’s. In the last, it is an even mix of the two which accurately show all aspects of the plot until they are brought together in such a way that you’re reading as fast as you can, needing to get there as soon as possible.

The book continues to be difficult to contain in one genre – when people ask if it’s science fiction or mystery, I honestly can’t reply. It’s more action and drama in addition, with a little medical-political thriller. Possibly a little romance, also – just a hint.

These books also defy what we generally expect from books. Main characters hardly ever die, or if they do there’s some possible way to bring them back, surely. Or there’ll be a plot that seems like all hope is lost for a while… but then they manage to succeed, through their own brilliance and class! They’ll have a happy ending, won’t they? And we’ll get to see it, right?

After the ending of Feed, readers of this series were put on alert. We kept reading to find our happy ending, to be left a little startled at what Mira Grant gives us in return. In the end, we receive something devastatingly realistic and yet utterly satisfying. Read on, brave reader, this series is worth it.

Grant’s use of medical, technical and political jargon only strengthens the feel of the plot. While it’s still easy to understand for those who know little of what’s involved, it certainly makes it feel plausible. The team behind Mira Grant’s research and betaing are to be thanked as much as she is.

Trying not to reveal any spoilers, the characters continue to grow as they deal with whatever is thrown their way, and their reactions aren’t the same as those in other novels out there – not everyone survives until the end, and not everyone can be involved as the stakes rise ever higher.

And the ending… well, I honestly can’t say anything about it, though this is a review. All I can say is that I’m so pleased. I’m so satisfied.

If, like me, this series have left you wanting for more, please be aware there are shorts available:

  • Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box: Every week five friends get together to play a game – this week, it’s not going to be so fun…
  • Countdown: A novella of how they rose.
  • Fed: An alternate ending to the first book in the series, ‘Feed’. Because it seems the author wants to see just how far she can push her reader, as if ‘Feed’ wasn’t already bad enough. Sob.

Reviews for the first book in the series, Feed, and the second book, Deadline, are here for your convenience.

This review was originally posted at SentientOnline on the 1st June 2012. 


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