Most everyone is a smarmy, fast-talking wiseguy with a mile-wide melodramatic streak, from the doctors to the Newsies. I like the additions to the cast this go-around, but the lack of distinct voices makes for a monotonous reading experience.
On the story and actual writing front, Blackout also leaves a girl wanting more. Well, actually, wanting less. The biggest issue with Blackout is its unnecessary length — the underlying conspiracy that runs through the trilogy, the truth that Georgia, Shaun and the gang are fighting so desperately to unveil?
There is absolutely no need for the book to be half as long as it is, chock-full of repetitive action, driving scenes, medical tests, and so on that have no baring on the actual progression of the story or development of the characters. These are the two huge Jump the Shark moments from Blackout : 1. The Relationship between Georgia and Shaun; and 2. First, regarding the relationship between brother and sister, I simply cannot buy it. I simply do not buy it your mileage may vary, of course, but to me this revelation and attempt at rationalization felt inauthentic. The reason why Feed was such a powerful, resonant novel is because of its grounding in more tangible science, its taut political relevance, and the medical thriller aspect to the book.
All these criticisms voiced, I still finished Blackout and enjoyed the experience, for both the novel and for the series as a whole. The Newsflesh books have tremendous crossover genre potential — I hesitate to label them zombie books because the zombies play such a tangential, minor role to the characters and the true villains of the piece not to mention the virus itself. Recommended…albeit with reservations. My story ended where so many stories have ended since the Rising: with a man- in this case, my adoptive brother and best friend, Shaun- holding a gun to the base of my skull as the virus in my blood betrayed me, transforming me from a thinking human being into something better suited to a horror movie.
My story ended, but I remember everything. I remember the cold dread as I watched the lights on the blood test unit turn red, one by one, until my infection was confirmed.
I remember the barrel of the gun against my skin. It was cool, and it was soothing, because it meant Shaun would do what he had to do. No one else would get hurt because of me. We never dreamed that he would be the one losing me. I wanted to tell him it would be okay. I wanted to lie to him. I remember that: I wanted to lie to him. I remember starting to write.
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I remember thinking this was it; this was my last chance to say anything I wanted to say to the world. This was the thing I was going to be judged on, now and forever. I remember feeling my mind start to go. I remember the fear. You can read the full excerpt online HERE. Rating: 6 — Good, Recommended with Reservations ; though I wavered between a 6 and a 7. Thea James is half of the maniacal book review duo behind The Book Smugglers.
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By day, she does digital operations things over at Penguin Random House. However, maybe I was reading it too fast and completely missed it, but WAS the relationship between Shaun and George actually physical? Is it confirmed in Blackout? Did I just completely miss that?
And I completely understand where you are coming from! Even though I was not thrilled with Deadline , I had Blackout high on my list of anticipated titles of Shaun and Georgia had sex?! Oops, KB sorry that was a spoiler for book 2! Revealed in book 2, confirmed again in book 3. BUT then again, many others feel differently.
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How did I miss it in book 2? Did you see it when you read Deadline or was it an, AHA moment when you read Blackout and were able to put two and two together? KT, you remember the part where Becks and Shaun sleep together, only just before he falls asleep, he calls her George?
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