PJV Quickie: This book was a hard read. There is no question about it. It revolved COMPLETLY around the POV shifts. There was no declaration, there was no way to know which character you were within. So, interesting story. Strong world creation. Good writing. But, I was constantly popped out because of character transitions and they all ran together.

Review: The story was set in an alternate universe where a virus has plagued the world and turned teenagers into mutants. X-Men, but only teens are afflicted and it is not a born mutation, it is caught. Also, the powers they get have adverse effects on the teens. A teen that gets super strength might break their bones easily, or the girl that can disappear, goes blind. The virus has been in the population for a few years, but the government of the U.S. is just finding out about because teens with this virus are waging war on the country, by systematically destroying the infrastructure with one terrorist act after another one.

To battle these acts of terrorism, the government rounds up all the teenagers in the country, tests them for the virus and then employs them to battle the terrorists. The book focuses on three terrorists and two regular teens forced to battle them. The majority of the book is based in the discovery process and by the time things start moving the book ends and I felt no real explanation was given. It was very fast-paced, the story was interesting, but in the end…I was rather disappointed. Will I read on? Yes. But, only because of the world Robinson Wells created and not because of the characters. I want the explanation! Why? He never even hinted at it. So, I wish that the characters names were at the beginning of the chapters, I wish there was a bit more explanation, but I was entranced with the world and sucked in with the fast-paced action.

Recommendations: For fans of dystopian, darker dystopian that is very “real” world. If you like Well’s VARIANT series, you’ll enjoy Blackout.



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Blackout by Robinson Wells

Blackout by Robison Wells

Series: Blackout #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 1st 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Also by this author: Variant
3 Stars

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 mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to 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.

About the Author

About Robison Wells

Robison Wells is the author of Blackout and the YA science-fiction thrillers Variant and Feedback. Variant was a Publishers Weekly Best Book and a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Robison lives in the Rocky Mountains in a house not too far from elk pastures. His wife, Erin, is a better person than he will ever be, and their three kids cause mischief and/or joy.