So book three in this fantastic Newsflesh series. Coming after Feed and Deadline, I had really high hopes for this book, just what was going to happen, and after the cliffhanger ending in Deadline, I was ready to devour the book!
Before I start talking specifics (which means spoilers), I want to say how much I have really enjoyed this series. It has been gripping, exciting and so interesting. I just love the ideas developed and the storyline is perfect. It’s just a fascinating spin on an ‘old’ idea of zombies, and it explores conspiracies and government and the consequences of the truth. It’s just fantastic, so go out and make sure you read all of them!
As for Blackout, it was great to have both Shaun and Georgia’s narration, seeing what was going on for both of them. Even though that sort of narrative structure, inevitably leads to really frustrating moments at the end of a particularly exciting chapter where you don’t want to swap away, you just want to find out what’s going to happen next! I wonder if Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) wrote the chapters one after the other, or if she wrote all of the Shaun narrated chapters, then all of the Georgia narrated chapters. Because each narrator has a different style, so it would almost be like writing a completely different book, and changing from one frame set to another might not be so easy. Whatever she did, it works.
I only have one slight criticism, I just felt like for most of the book, I wasn’t liking it as much as Feed and Deadline. Maybe it was the swapping between narratives, which meant continuous changes in tension/action, maybe there wasn’t too much going on at the start of this book (especially compared to Deadline, which blasted out of the blocks), or maybe I had just gotten used to the intensity of the other two books, that I was a little prepared for what was going to happen. I mean, these feelings disappeared towards the end, but until then, I didn’t have the same urge to just stay up all night finishing the book that I had with the others. I liked the book, and I liked what happened, it was just as interesting and exciting as the others overall, but something didn’t quite sit perfectly with me at the start.
So, onto some spoilers! You’ve been warned!