By Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #3
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Published by Orbit
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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.
Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that began in the Hugo-nominated Feed and the sequel, Deadline.
This is the third and final book in Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, which I have loved. I had to start reading this book as soon as I finished Deadline, the second in the series.
After the bombshell of an ending in Deadline, I was very eager to pick this up and see where the story would go. I loved the alternating narratives and the way the stories of each narrator came together partway throughout the book.
My expectations for this book were really high. I wanted it to resolve the story that started way back when Shaun and Georgia were on Ryman’s presidential campaign trail, as well as give some sort of closure to our protagonists after everything they’d been through. For the most part, this solidly delivered.
By this point in the series, I expected that at least one of my beloved After the End Times crew members would perish before the end of the book, so while I wasn’t surprised when it happened, I was very sad. I’d grown so attached to these characters (but it was a very cool scene, I have to say!).
The revelations about the KA virus were interesting, but as usual, I had to really focus to try and comprehend the medical elements of the story. But let me tell you, what I think I understood was chilling! We’re talking major conspiracy and cover up, and I loved reading as the truth came to light and explained things going back to the events of Feed, the first book in the series.
This was a long book (my paperback was over 600 pages) but I tore through it. I couldn’t stop reading and just gobbled this one up, eager to know how the story would end and where that would leave these characters.
There were so many interesting ideas in here about technology, medicine, government, power, and how we consume and share information…a lot of food for thought! If you think this series is about zombies, you’re only half right. There’s so much to take in and think about and explore.
I was so happy with the way this series ended. It felt in keeping with the previous books and it was bittersweet, as most series enders are. I felt like Shaun and Georgia’s story had been fully told. I had so much fun reading these books and very highly recommend them.
Now I can’t wait to read Mira Grant’s new series, Parasitology, starting with Parasite.