Thursday, October 3, 2013

Review: Blackout by Robison Wells

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.
Publishes in US: October 1st 2013 by HarperTeen
Genre: YA science fiction
Source: Edelweiss
Series? Yes. 
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Author stalk away:
    The world set up in this one was really interesting, but I think that my problem is that I didn't connect with the majority of the characters. I think that the lead up to the mutations wasn't well done, and I think that it should not have started from the terrorist point of view to start because that dropped my attention level. I didn't connect with them or understand why they were doing what they were doing. 
    Once I got going I did like Audrey and her story line. I think that her and Jack are what kept my interest. It was a gentle and then building connection between the two, because when it starts, Audrey is actually with someone else. 
     I think maybe a lot of the issues would have been fixed if there weren't so many points of view, but I felt bounced around. As is, I don't think that I will be continuing with the series. 

Bottom Line: Great premise, but meh world building.

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  2. I have heard similar things about this one and it's too bad as the story sounds really good. I mean that the lack of world-building in sci-fi stories can't work out. Great review :)

  3. The reviews I have seen for this so far say pretty much the same things you did, so I think I'll be skipping this one. Thanks for the honest review.

  4. I was hoping that this was going to be great, but from the reviews, I think I will wait and see if my library is going to carry it and it give it a try then. Thanks for sharing your thought on it.

  5. I've been hearing similar things, I don't think this one would work for me.

  6. I'm sorry it wasn't that good, I can understand your problems, it's really annoying sometimes.

  7. Meh world building never makes me happy

  8. Seems like a lot of detail, but actually very little substance! I hate when more time is given to building the world rather than the characters - the characters are what makes the story!

    - Allie @ Little Birdie Books

  9. I haven't seen this one around. It sucks that the world building fell flat.Thanks for the honest review!

  10. I'm sorry this one didn't work for you, Brandi. It is hard to get into a story when the world building is poorly done.

  11. Oh that's too bad. It has been getting some pretty mixed reviews so I don't think it will be making it to my shelves anytime soon. I hope your next read will be better!

  12. I loved the action scenes and am really hoping we see development in book two.

  13. Oh no! I hate that you didn't like this one. I was really looking forward to it but I'm like you and if I can't connect with the characters, it's a problem.

  14. Aw, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this book. Though the characters sounds a bit good, maybe :) Thank you for sharing your honest review. <3

  15. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one! I really want world-building in books, so I may wait a bit on this one.


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