Blackout by Mira Grant

(Cover picture courtesy of A Dribble of Ink.)

The conspiracy that rules post-zombie America is alive and well.  The same can’t be said of the bloggers who dared to tell the truth as they found it.

Now, with too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, Shaun Mason and his team must face mad scientists, zombie bears, and 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.

Being the snarky, rather opinionated person I am, I am rarely lost for words.  But after reading Blackout,the last book in the Newsflesh trilogy, there’s only one thing to say.


After that enormous cliffhanger at the end of Deadline, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Blackout and when I did, I wasn’t disappointed.  Funny, dark, suspenseful and full of plot twists, Blackout was no disappointment.  And it even had a satisfying, if not entirely happy, ending.  What else could I really ask for?

In Deadline, Mira Grant explains the Kellis-Amberlee virus itself so we can understand things like reservoir conditions and spontaneous remissions.  But in this last book, we find out pretty much everything about the virus, including why mosquitoes have suddenly become a vector.  As you have probably guessed, this new vector is manmade and Dr. Abbey has her hands full figuring out the structure of this new threat before time runs out.

One of the recurring themes throughout the trilogy is the importance of the truth, but this features even more prominently in Blackout.  Shaun, Becks, Alaric, Mahir and a character I won’t mention because it’s a spoiler have some very tough choices about whether the truth is really the best thing.  I had serious doubts about their resolve, especially near the end, but the team stays true to themselves.  Sadly, one of my favourite characters dies, but at least they go out in a blaze of glory protecting those they love.

And now, to lighten things up, here’s one of my favourite parts of the whole novel (Warning: language not suitable for younger readers):

“I, Shaun Phillip Mason, being of sound mind and body, do hereby swear to poke dead things with sticks, do stupid shit for your amusement and put it all on the internet where you can watch it over and over again.”  (Pg 4)

That pretty much sums up Mira Grant’s sense of humour, doesn’t it?

I give this book 5/5 stars.

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