Blackout (Blackout #1) by Robison Wells
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.
Blackout is told in a bunch of different perspectives, in third person narrative. The perspective changes from chapter to chapter. At first, it’s alternating chapters between the terrorists (Laura, Dan, and Alec) and other “Lamdas”, who are otherwise just normal teenagers (Jack and Aubrey). Then, it’s kind of randomized, but still told through the four main characters’ perspectives. At the beginning, I found I was more into the good guys’ (Jack and Aubrey) story than the terrorists’. I was actually kind of bored during the terrorist chapters for some reason. I zoned out sometimes and had to re-read parts. But, that all changed later when they became inter-mingled and then I found that I was quite interested in all of the stories.
The story is about these kids who have caught a virus that gives them supernatural abilities. Everyone who has the virus has a different ability, some are weaker and some are stronger. Some people are using their abilities for bad and they are known as the terrorists. Others just live their normal lives and try to hide the fact that they have abilities. And some don’t even know they have it.
Before reading Blackout, I read it’s prequel, Going Dark. I don’t understand what’s up with prequels that don’t really have anything to do with the actual novel. Like, the concept of the story is the same, but it’s a different character just going through a similar experience in that same world. And then that character from the prequel either doesn’t have a part or has a very small part in the novel. It kind of sucks, because I got quite attached to the narrator of Going Dark, Krezi, and then she didn’t make an appearance until page 309. I was beginning to think she wasn’t going to be in Blackout at all, after I got attached to her from the prequel. And then she was only there for a couple pages and then poof…gone again. 🙁
I liked the story, overall. It definitely kept my interest and I will be reading the second book when it is released. The characters were all pretty well-done. I’m not sure they were as fully developed as I would have liked, but they were all interesting in their own ways.
Random thought I had while reading: Where are all the parents of these kids? You’d think there would be chaos happening and parents going against the government to get their kids back. All the kids were captured by the government in order to undergo testing for the virus. The ones that tested as negative for the virus are locked up and waiting it out and the ones who tested positive are treated like crap at first. I don’t think it was very realistic that the parents would just sit at home and wait to see what happens to their children.
I also didn’t really get the romance between Aubrey and Jack. I think they’d do better as friends. But maybe that’s just because there wasn’t much emphasis on the relationship? I’m not sure.
Overall, this book was enjoyable. The concept was original and the storytelling was good enough to keep me turning those pages.