Book Review: Blackout

BlackoutBlackout by Mira Grant
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: June 1, 2012
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Publisher’s Description:

Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there’s one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it’s this:

Things can always get worse.

Blackout is the final book in the Newsflesh Trilogy, although I did notice when entering this book on FictFact that there are a couple of novellas in the series that I haven’t read yet. I’m not sure how I feel about this trend of so-called trilogies being supplemented with e-book only novellas but that’s a rant for another day.

I have to say that while I enjoyed Blackout, I didn’t think it was as good as the first two books and I was not satisfied with the ending. I’m not going to give any spoilers but I can say that the last part of the book wrapped up way to quickly and didn’t make sense to me. This time I know it’s not just me, several other reviewers had the same problem with the end that I did. Also, Shaun was just as annoyingly repetitive in this book as he was in Deadline – constantly reminding us that he’s crazy when his behavior is reminder enough. Finally, there wasn’t as much action or suspense as in the first two books.

If you are a fan of this series, you will want to read this book. You may like it more than I did but even if you don’t it’s still worth reading to find out how everything ends. If you recall, Deadline ended with a doozy of a cliffhanger and it gets addressed right away in Blackout. That storyline was my favorite of this book. It’s hard to say more without spoilers.

I’m looking forward to reading the e-book novellas, I believe one is a prequel and one fits in between Feed and Deadline.

Books I have reviewed in the Newsflesh Series:

Countdown (e-book prequel novella)

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