Horror Monday Book Review: Blackout by Mira Grant

March 16, 2015 Blog, Horror, Zombies 0

Horror Monday Book Review: Blackout by Mira GrantBlackout by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #3
Published by Orbit on 2012
Pages: 574
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The year is 2041, and Shaun Mason is having a bad day. Everyone he knows is dead or in hiding. The world is doing its best to end itself for the second time. The Centre for Disease Control is out to get him. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, he must face mad scientists, zombie bears and rogue government agencies before the conspiracy that killed Georgia manages to kill the only thing he has left of her - the truth.And if there's one thing he knows is true in this post-zombie, post-resurrection America, it's this: Things can always get worse.

My Thoughts Horror

As zombie books go Mira Grant’s Trilogy, Feed, Deadline and Blackout are amazing! I loved the first two! These are not your normal zombie books, Mira Grant is a Virologist and has explained exactly why the zombies are here and in the conclusion to the trilogy, Blackout, what, if anything we can do about them. The scariest thing about this trilogy, it’s plausible! Not only plausible, completely and utterly believable.The plot is so riveting multiple times I had to remind myself that it’s just a story, relax, drink some Pepsi, and move on… But I feel so invested in these characters. I want them to succeed and to live happy, LONG lives!

This one is even more interesting than the first two, IF that can even be possible. It continues the story straight away and I needed little reminders to remember what happened in books one and two.

Shaun and Georgia are both facing some major decisions. Shaun has decided that revenge is the greatest pleasure, although he doesn’t get any kind of satisfaction in being an Irwin, he looks forward to the day when he can just sit down and all the conspiracy theories are over, if he’s dead at that point, oh well. He’s gone full fledged over the edge  but his team will still completely back him, at least until he gets them all killed.  Just when you think everyone is getting comfortable, all hell breaks loose, there is no time for sitting still.  Dr. Abbey wants to put Shaun into more danger which you think would not even be possible. So, off the team goes, yet again to discover more conspiracy theories, run for their lives and try to save the world.

Blackout again is in first person and Mira Grant does an amazing job of switching between Georgia and Shawn so we can see through their eyes.This never got confusing, was masterfully done.

The audio was so easy to stick with having two very different voices doing the narrations helped with this. Paula Christensen comes back from her previous narration which made me so happy. I enjoyed listening to her because she seems to have a special finger on the pulse of Georgia. Michael Goldstrom also did a great job although it was interesting getting used to a new voice since I listened to parts two and three back to back. The audio was fantastic and I am tempted to listen to this entire series again!

The plot was fast and sadly I think the only downside to it all is that the trilogy is over. The plot never slowed down but it definitely picked up about halfway and I suggest you get ready for a roller coaster ride! We already know that Mira Grant will pull out all the stops. Getting to the end of Blackout though, is just half of the fun. Getting to be with all of the characters again was amazing and definitely worth the time it takes to read this.

The Author Horror

About Mira Grant

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallenged.

Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

Mira sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests that you do the same.

Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.



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