Wednesday, January 8

Review: Blackout (Newsflesh #3)

Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy #3)
Mira Grant

Published By: Orbit
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Date Read: November 17, 2019
Genre: Adult - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512

From Goodreads:
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. They 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.

"...but that was the thing about reality. It didn't need to make sense."

Blackout was one of those books that has been sat unread on my shelf for what feels like forever. I read the first two books in the Newsflesh Trilogy back in 2011 and then I just kept putting this one off as I just didn't want the series to end. As part of my 2019 'Series Catch Up' challenge I finally read this one and I honestly loved it so much. I had forgotten how much I loved this book and it was such a beautiful and perfect ending.

Blackout follows the revived Georgia Mason and her adoptive brother Shaun as the presidential investigation comes to a head. More secrets are revealed... including how the zombie apocalypse even began. Blackout is filled with revelation after revelation and will leave your head reeling.

Blackout is such a perfect third instalment of this trilogy. It sees Georgia and Shaun's story come to a close and it was filled with heartwarming moments and heartbreak. Anyone who has read any of the books in this series will agree that it's a very raw and heartwrecking story and so the bittersweet ending of this really fit the series. It's never been a happy go lucky story so a happy ending would be unrealistic so as heartbreaking and sad as the ending is, I felt like it fit really well and I absolutely loved every moment of it.

My one issue with Blackout was that for the first half of the book it was quite slow in pacing. It took me quite a while to get through this book when I am usually a fast reader. It does make sense in the end having the slow build up but I'm very much a reader who likes fast pacing so it did affect my enjoyment of the book a little bit.

One of the things I loved most about this series was the scientific background of the zombie outbreak and the political aspects of how it happened. I loved how it all played out and I would love to read more in this world. Mira Grant has wrote a fourth book that follows other characters and I will definitely be picking that up at some point.

Blackout was heartstopping and filled with twists, turns and crazy revelations. I loved it and I am so very glad I finally picked this up to see the ending of this story. If you're a fan of dystopia books and zombie books then I highly recommend that you pick up this series. I promise you won't be disappointed.

"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."

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