After a whirlwind and amazing 3 books i have finally finished the ‘Newsflesh’ series. I must admit, it is my favourite YA series i have read in the recent years and have loved every moment of it. I did review the first book ‘Feed‘ here.
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.
Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that began in the Hugo-nominated Feed and the sequel, Deadline.
I absolutely loved this book, and it was a fitting end to an amazing series. Firstly i just adore all the characters- Shaun, Becks, Maggie, Alaric, Mahir and Georgia. They are all so unique and fleshed out and the development and growth from the first book is fitting for each character.
I was entranced by this new take on ‘zombies’ and the world and communities left after the initial outbreak. All of the plot lines, questions and little things presented in the first two books were resolved by the final pages of this book, and in a satisfying way. It handled the return of a character in an interesting and new way and deals with the loss of others well, each death has meaning and is not just for ‘shock’ value. The ending was bittersweet, but that was how it was always going to end in a book with zombies, political conspiracies, journalism and romance.
The action is written well, the science is written well and the romance is written well. I applaud Mira Grant for being able to follow up two amazing books in this trilogy with a great concluding book, as in many cases the final book in a series does not tie up all the lose ends or is so unsatisfying in it conclusion (Inheritance…).
The weaving in of blog posts and the change in point-of-view between chapters allows for different aspects of events to be explored in multiple ways, or give insight into another characters thoughts.
I would love to give you more in this review, but don’t want to reveal the massive plot twist and spoiler that occurs so early in this book that shapes whole story and puts the first two books into context. Just read this book, please, and let the Kellis-Amberlee virus infect you.