Do not read this review if you have not read Feed and Deadline. I cannot scrub this of all spoilers, and if you at all are ever going to read this series, I do not want to ruin the series for you. This trilogy should be read from start to finish, do not try and ruin the experience for yourself by reading ahead in reviews.
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.
“Someday this story is going to make us legends.”
“Only if it doesn’t make us dead.”
This is the end of the original trilogy, of what was going to be a standalone novel. Gods, I spent the whole book basically terrified of what was going on, but having no choice but to continue. After Feed, we knew anything could happen.
While Feed was mostly Georgia narrating, and Deadline was mostly Shaun, Blackout switched off narration between the two. This was necessary to the story, yet every time I read a book where this happens, especially after staying in mostly one head in the previous book, I get even more anxious and antsy than normal. I dislike being separated from the one I like, even if I like both of them! Also, because they don’t spend the whole book apart (Holy hell, thank everything! There is a higher power and her name is Seanan), I would sometimes forget whose head I was actually in at times, since this is a first person narration book.
Yes, they do not spend the whole book apart. I was so giddy when they reunited, I felt a bit faint. That was all I wanted from the moment of the last chapter of Deadline. I was not left disappointed. You probably won’t be either. How they get back together, though? That lays it a bit thick on the coincidence level. How they just accept Georgia, as well. Yet, you also couldn’t have the whole rest of the book being about how they don’t trust her.
Honestly, the last act of the book is pretty coincidence heavy. I enjoyed it, I really did. I just felt like the characters we had come to know as independent the entire way were herded the entire last act of the book. Everything was set in motion, they just had to go along with the flow. They didn’t really have to even do anything, just be there. That is why I don’t really care for the end of this story as much as I could have. They just didn’t really do anything in the end.
Blackout isn’t as science heavy as Deadline, or journalism heavy as Feed. It was kind of a combination of the two. Most of the science had already been told, afterall. It was just figuring out a way to tell that information and have everyone survive. There isn’t as much journalism because they are still running for their lives. Yet, it is there in the back of everything they do, it is their goal.
This is a solid end to the trilogy. I’m going to miss Shaun and Georgia. I’m going to miss the gang they work with. I’m not going to miss the world, because there is more to read after all. Also, because it is a very dark, bleak world filled with the dead rising. It just isn’t a very fun world to live in.
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