Review: Blackout by Robison Wells (Blackout #1)

blackoutLaura 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, though not entirely original, sure takes you on one heck of a ride. It moves at a break neck pace and keeps you on your toes. There are lots of great action scenes and plenty of cool super powers.

A lot of people have been complaining about the fact that nothing is properly explained, but I’d argue that the things that need to be explained are explained and the rest is left mysterious on purpose. And I liked that about it. It’s the reason I wanted to read Blackout; Well’s other duology, Variant, was super creepy and twisted and mysterious.

The character development is decent and I like books that switch between POVs. And in this case you get insight into both the terrorist and the innocent kids’ perspectives, both male and female.

Is it very memorable? No. Is it a fun, fast read? Yes. Am I excited to read the sequel, especially after the cliffhanger ending? Also yes.

Recommended to fans of apocalyptic books and of superpowers.

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