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Blackout by Mira Grant

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 by in 4 stars, Book Reviews | 0 comments

Blackout

Author:  Mira Grant
Series:  Newsflesh Trilogy #3
Format:  e-Book
Release Date:  May 22, 2012
Dates Read:  May 23-28, 2012

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.

I don’t hesitate to say that the Newsflesh trilogy has been my favorite trilogy to date, hands down.  The most prominent thought I have about Blackout  as I sit here trying to compose this review is that I’m sad to see it end.  But, as we all know, all good things must come to an end, and that holds true for stories too.

Mira Grant has created an excellent send-off for the characters we know and love with this final installment of the trilogy.  After reading and loving Feed and Deadline to death, I knew my standards were set very high.  Blackout met and exceeded them.  To my great pleasure, it contains the elements readers have come to expect from the previous novels.  It is a great accomplishment that these novels excel so far above just being another science fiction or zombie novel.  They are stories about humans — about our fear, about the importance of truth, about knowledge, about science, about corruption and politics, about integrity, about loyalty.  About pain.  About the toll that loss, death and betrayal take on a person, and how they are dealt with.  The Newsflesh series is so much more than a zombie trilogy.

As readers of Mira Grant know, she excels at creating characters.  Shaun and Georgia Mason, Alaric, Becks, Maggie, Mahir, and all the others…  Each one of them has a very distinct personality and situation.  And regardless of whether or not you particularly like each of them, you become emotionally vested in them.  That is, I believe, the biggest success of the series.  Its ability to make you feel, to feel so much and so often.

I know that you’re unlikely to be reading the review for the third book in a series if you haven’t read the first two, but regardless…  If you’re a fan of Mira Grant, you can’t miss this book.  Although you may be sad to see the series go, you need to see how it all ends.  And if you haven’t read Feed or Deadline, do yourself a favor.  Pick it up.  You won’t regret it.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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