Series: Newsflesh #3
Published by Orbit on May 22nd 2012
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
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Rise up while you can. -- Georgia Mason
The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.
The year was 2039. The world didn't end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. The uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.
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 conclusion to the epic trilogy that began in the Hugo-nominated FEED and the sequel, DEADLINE.
“Given a choice between life and death, choose life. Given a choice between right and wrong, choose what’s right. And given a choice between a terrible truth and a beautiful lie, choose the truth every time.”
After that great ending to Deadline, there was no way I could put off reading Blackout. And I’m glad I did. This book was so full of action that I could barely put it down. Picking up immediately after the events in Deadline, Blackout is off and running plot-wise from the very first page. The crew at After the End Times is feeling quite low. They’ve suffered a lot of loss and betrayal, and now are trying to bring to light the government conspiracy once and for all. Even though they know their chances of survival are low, they crew wants to ensure that everything they’ve lost was worth it in the end.
What I loved the most was how Mira Grant tied up all the loose threads of the series. Readers get a conclusion that makes sense for the characters, and the world they live in. What I really enjoyed was that it wasn’t too happy. Some live, some die, and some get what they deserve. Just like real life. I also loved the resolution of the relationships. The gang of After the End Times has been through a lot, and it was great seeing them come together to fight the conspiracy one last time. I especially enjoyed Georgia’s storyline.
“It’s the oldest story in the world. Boy loves girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back thanks to the unethical behavior of megalomaniacal mad scientists who never met a corpse they wouldn’t try to resurrect. Anyone coming within a hundred yards of my happy ending had better pray that they’re immune to bullets. – Shaun Mason”
In the first novel, I had difficulty getting into her POV, but that wasn’t an issue this time around. I think part of it was going a full book without her and seeing her from Shaun’s perspective changed my opinion of her. Instead of the uptight journalist I met in Feed, George became a fighter. A woman willing to fight just as much for those she loves as for the truth. I also really loved her relationship with Shaun. I kind of picked up on some romantic vibes between the two in the first novel, and it was nice seeing them be open with their relationship. Even though they are brother and sister, they aren’t related by blood, and Grant’s writing made their coupling less icky than it might have been otherwise.
“People say things like “it wasn’t supposed to go this way” and “this isn’t what I wanted.” They’re just making noise. There’s no such thing as “supposed to,” and what you want doesn’t matter. All that matters is what happened.”
Since this story’s pace was pretty fast, I had a hard time putting it down, which made me feel conflicted. On one hand, I didn’t want to stop reading it, but on the other, I knew when I did it would be the end of these great characters. Maybe one day Grant will revisit some of these characters in a new story. If she doesn’t, it’s alright, because like Shaun I got the ending I hoped for. Grant’s world was a very vivid one that makes you feel as if you are right at the center of the action. Her characters are multi-dimensional and complex, and very unforgettable. I can honestly say that this is one of the best zombie series out there.