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"Rise up while you can." (Georgia Mason)

The year was 2014. It was the year we cured cancer, the year we cured the common cold, and the year the dead started to walk. It was the year of the Rising.

The year was 2039. The world didn't end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. They uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.

Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, 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.

Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that began in the Hugo-nominated Feed and the sequel, Deadline.

©2012 Hachette (P)2012 Mira Grant

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  • Steph
  • United States
  • 06-28-14

It wrapped it up but I'm left wanting

This is the final installment in the Newsflesh Series started with "Feed." "Feed"is a genuinely fantastic book, and "Deadline"the next in the series was good with one hell of a cliffhanger, but "Blackout" was underwhelming. It makes me sad to say it.

For people new to the series I will try to keep out spoilers. 'After the End Times' is a group of young bloggers who report and write about a future America where people have learned to live with the zombie virus. Parts of the world have been given over the dead because the areas are either not worth reclaiming or it would be too dangerous to do so. The virus that causes one to become a zombie is called Kellis-Amberlee. It is a scientific mistake of two different cures, one to cure cancer and the other to cure the common cold combining. They succeeded.no one had cold s or cancer but once you die everyone becomes one of the living dead. Our group never lived before there were zombies and accepts them as part of life.

In the first book 'After the End Times' got an amazing opportunity to follow one of the republican parties political campaign but there was great cost that came with this opportunity. Conspiracies and death riddle the book and it's fascinating.

The second book processes the loss 'After the End Time's' was dealt. They have fame but it has left a bitter taste. Through Deadline our main character, Shaun Mason, is the one who is left the most unstable. His relationship to his adopted sister, which is extremely close and dependant due to their upbringing, becomes only stranger. Old conspiracies get reopened. The initial villains may not be the only people responsible. Shaun is vengeful and on a mission to deliver retribution at all costs. We meet CDC characters and rogue mad scientists along the way. Some pieces felt slow but Grant's cliffhanger is a doozy and made me acquire "Blackout"immediately, despite the fact I was broke

"Blackout" gave me closure and allowed me to revisit characters I'm attached to. It did wrap up the story and tie it together, but it lacked action. For a zombie book the actual zombies took the backseat. Part of the reason I like the series is it is intellectual and isn't just zombie attack after another mindless zombie attack, still, I felt a bit cheated on that front. There is a lot of character introspection, and discussion of if the media should always tell the truth. Are there times the damage they will cause mean they should keep quiet? Who should make those decisions, and does the public still have the right to know?

My biggest complaint is with how the book resolved questions about Georgia, Shaun's sister, and Shaun and her relationship. It felt forced and sensationalist. Some would say it's sick or disturbing. I'm not in that camp. I just felt it could be handled in a more interesting and more likely way. The conspiracy wrap up takes even a zombie story into realms of impossibility it's hard for the reader to accept. I guess I'm saying having read the other two I could never have not read "Blackout," but I wanted more. I also truly believe Grant could have done better. I don't know if it was editing or the pressure of concluding the series but it was lukewarm. It it's more a 2.5

Now that I feel I have torn this book and author apart I have to say "Feed" is still a favorite. I am not giving up on Mira Grant. I absolutely am going to read "Parasite." Grant is talented, and even if I didn't love this book I got to revisit characters I love and get closure, as I mentioned above.

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  • Tyra
  • RIVERSIDE, CA, United States
  • 03-16-14

Absolutely Loved it

What did you love best about Blackout?

The story and build up that the author executed perfectly

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shawn. He is the no nonsense, loyal friend we always want.

Which character – as performed by Paula Christensen and Michael Goldstrom – was your favorite?

Paula, her narration of gorge was perfect ;)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If you don't want the truth, leave while you can.

Any additional comments?

Wish it would have gone into more background at the end.

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Trilogy goes off the rails

Is there anything you would change about this book?

lose the love story. gross.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mira Grant again?

Yes, first two books were more enjoyable

Do you think Blackout needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, maybe it could get the story back to a normal state.

Any additional comments?

The second half of this book, almost ruined the entire trilogy for me.

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Good not great

The third book in the Newsflesh trilogy focuses more on the government conspiracy found in the previous two books than non-stop zombie action. There is some in the story, it’s just not as prevalent as it was in the first two books. The story continues where book two left off and takes more twists and turns than a mountain road, but finally brings everything to a tidy conclusion and makes a fitting end to the story.

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  • Michelle
  • san diego, CA, United States
  • 05-04-13

Very average end

I really enjoyed the first two books in the Newsflash trilogy, they were fast-paced and kept my attention, the first I read in about 24 hours. The third book fell flat - one-dimensional characters who resembled Scooby Doo's posse - always seeming to find the bad guy at the right possible moment. Nothing really held my interest and I ended the book very disappointed. The narrators I thoroughly enjoyed, they brought life to these flat characters.

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A great conclusion.

If you could sum up Blackout in three words, what would they be?

Very complex ending.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't want to say much because of the surprise ending of Deadline (the previous book), but Georgia "George" Mason is back. That's all I should say.

Which scene was your favorite?

Again, I don't want to give too much away, but a major character gives up their lives to help the others.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

In the previous scene, I was a little sad about that character's death.

Any additional comments?

The male narrator (Michael Goldstrom) isn't as good as the male narrators in Feed and Deadline. But thankfully Paula Christensen, who read Feed, is back to read the female based chapters (unlike the previous books, they basically go back and forth, with the female narrator reading the odd numbered chapters, the male narrator reading the even chapters. All in all, a great end to a terrific series.

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The End of an Entertaining Series

Would you listen to Blackout again? Why?

Most definitely! This series is one that I'll be pulling out periodically for a long time I suspect. I'm wish there were going to be more stories in this line. For now I am making due with the novellas, even though San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats is only available in e-books. This series has the rare combination of interesting ideas, characters you can enjoy and care about, and excellent audio performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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  • Ray
  • ANTIOCH, TN, United States
  • 11-23-12

Newsflesh, Book 3 - Thumbs up on a great finish!

Would you consider the audio edition of Blackout to be better than the print version?

Although I have not read the print version, I consider the audiobook version as a better medium for the telling of this tale as there are constant break-aways to cameras that might be confusing at first in the print version.

What about Paula Christensen and Michael Goldstrom ’s performance did you like?

Excellent voice acting by both performers.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, definitely.

Any additional comments?

This was almost as good as the Book 1 and definitely better than Book 2. Great storyline coupled with a few surprises along the way. Loved the medical detail; I felt it added to, rather than detracted from the overall story.

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  • HARRISON
  • SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States
  • 08-16-12

And then it wraps up

Wow. The end of Deadline was a real kick in the privates, wasn't it? But wait, as that gameshow announcer guy liked to say, there's more!

Violence! Intrigue! Violence! Fabulous wealth! Zombies! ! Clones!

No, really, you HAVE to listen to this series.

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Great ending to a fantastic trilogy

Where does Blackout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one of my top ten this year. Surprisingly I was unable to anticipate what would happen next. It kept my interest until the end.

Which character – as performed by Paula Christensen and Michael Goldstrom – was your favorite?

I just loved Georgia and Shawn. They are the best characters in the trillogy

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The truth comes in many fashions.

Any additional comments?

I believe this is one of the top 3 series I have read so far. I bought FEED only because it was on sale and was so pleased that I now search all sales for another unusual lucky pick.