Homeland meets Marie Lu’s Legend in Blackout, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Ally Condie called “a thrilling combination of Wells’s trademark twi. Laura and Alec are trained terrorists. Jack and Aubrey are high school students. There was no reason for them to ever meet. But now, a. Blackout. Robison Wells. BookPage review by Angela Leeper. Web Exclusive – October 03, After three weeks of nonstop terrorist attacks.

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It would have helped if we had gotten some world building, surely. They get used by the army to try to stop kids with cooler powers. I thought the idea of it all was creative and exciting. The characters were also fairly interesting though the narrative switches were sometimes sloppy. Is it a mindless action thriller?

Is it a post-apocalyptic novel?

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Is it a sci-fi genetic engineering story? Is it a war story? This war which is lead by teenagers in wrlls groups doing terrorist-like attacks all over the country. That is basically all we get as far as world building.

Additionally, we only get a brief account of the war itself, mostly what has been targeted. The book did have great potential and maybe the series as a whole will be better. As for this book being realistic, however, it was definitely not. We spend most of the book in a military base camp where they have captured infected teenagers and treat them like prisoners with no rights or dignity, yet the psychological side of things is ronison ignored.

And how did they go about imprisoning every teenager in the country in a byy of days without much retaliation from anybody inside or out, including the parents? Oh wait, some did go and form a bladkout. I think they even had signs. There is a purpose to this which we find out near the end, but it still came off as annoying and kind of a distraction at the time you read it.

We never really know why the terrorist terrorise or where the disease came from etc.

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I hope there are more answers in the sequel. Hmm, not sure if I want to pick this one up after reading your review. I think I shall wait till book 2 comes out and see if people say it gets better. It does sound very interesting welsl good though based off of the blurb. Great review as always Giselle! Plus, lack of world-building?

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At least, the action part was well written. Thanks for the honest review, Giselle. It seemed poorly thought out and… oddly disrespectful. It sucks because the summary of the book sounds good.

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I hate when that happens! I definitely think we felt the same concerning the way many portions of this book were handled. Bummer I was super excited about this one. Sounds like if the world building had been better it would have been a knock out.

I was really looking forward to this. A really great review, Giselle! I am hoping we get some serious answers in the next book. I love super power robixon, so I think I would like that part of the story, but the war seems crazy!

Teenagers doing terrorist type attacks all over the place. But it does seem like an interesting and unique book. The story sounds interesting, yet at the same time forgettable. And you should absolutely NOT have to read it as part of a series to make sense of it; you should be able to get a good idea of it from the first book. Thanks for the great review, Giselle! Thanks for the honest review! Well, I was really hoping this would be better.

I have it to review also, but I am kind of not wanting to at this point. Hopefully, it will improve as the series progresses. Anyways, I was really excited for this one.

I am still going to give it a try. I hope I have better luck with it than you did. Statements and opinions expressed in reviews, discussions, and other posts on this blog are my own unless otherwise stated. Opinions shared by others in comments may not reflect my own.

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Jack and Aubrey are high school students. There was no reason for them to ever meet. But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about bladkout find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.


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