Homeland meets Marie Lu’s Legend in Blackout, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Ally Condie called “a thrilling combination of Wells’s trademark twi. 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. Blackout. Robison Wells. BookPage review by Angela Leeper. Web Exclusive – October 03, After three weeks of nonstop terrorist attacks.

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Black Out is a solid read. Now, if their eventual goal is to have these kids join their forces, why would they treat them like prisoners beforehand? The plot is pretty straightforward–fast paced enough for the more avid readers not to get bored but not so convoluted that a new reader would get confused or lost.

Robison Wells plays on so many levels of good vs. Review to come closer to publcation Two interesting things happened last month: For my first ever Robison Wells novel, I can say that I am impressed with his cast of characters.

There is a purpose to this which we find out near the end, but it still came off as annoying and kind of a distraction at the time you read it. It is the same for Blackout. These relationships add to the daunting twist and turns that he creates along with thrilling shocks that seem to come from all angles haunting the reader. Asti Oh, The Books! View all 10 comments.

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Well, I was really hoping this would be better. These combination of events really made me wonder: They are kept locked up and isolated until an arbitrary day when they are taken from their cells and moved into a research facility. It would have helped if we had gotten some world building, surely.


It’s good to see that not every YA writer uses the first person present narrative style, which gets annoying after a while. It’s almost like a race against the clock – time is ticking, and you’re not sure if you’ll come out on the other side.

Robisoj me of followup comments via e-mail. I was excited for this for a pretty long time and I loved “Going Dark” and I liked this a lot, but I didn’t love it. She kind of ditched her old friends in order to climb the social ladder in high school, and she now uses her powers of invisibility to shoplift because she’s really poor, so she uses it to steal school supplies, medicine, wellls.

Blackout (Blackout, #1) by Robison Wells

I truly believe that this will be a new buzz book! The action set pieces come thick and fast and Well’s writes them with a keen eye. Blackout definitely excels as a thriller. I’m one of those people who don’t enjoy YA though, so maybe YA readers might find this more enjoyable than I did. It was really interesting, I was loving the X-Men feel to it, and I feel like the series is rovison in a great direction! The students that are identified as Lambdas are separated from the rest of the group and are locked into cells.

The pace and shortage of answers subsided my will to turn the pages altogether. Of the three, Alec was the worst and I was just hoping that someone would eventually take him down.

She wasn’t super likable at the beginning, but by the end I understood her sells and thought she changed for the better. Nov 06, Mrs. Half of the story revolves around Jack and Laura, two typical high schoolers who become infected with the virus.


What were the terrorists after? The treatment of the teens in Blackout, aside from being awfully unrealistic, was obviously heavily inspired by concentration camps in World War II. I love super power books, so I think I would like that part of the story, but the war seems crazy!

But I suppose I can see part of her story, view spoiler [considering that she mostly did it so Nat wouldn’t tell everyone about her invisibility. Nonetheless, my ultimate favourite character was Jack. Regardless of whether the showers are harmless or not, the entire experience is hurtful and very degrading. And, as a bonus, Wells creates a way to talk about terrorism without vilifying any particular people group by creating this implausible scenario.

The book did have great potential and maybe the series as a whole will be better. Blackout plays somewhat on blaciout fears of the people, which in turn creates such a strong emotion in readers. Mar 21, Brad Sells rated it it was amazing Shelves: The powers come with a price, generally a physical ailment, But I guess my issue is that, not only were all of them boooring, Alec and Laura are legitimately evil and I could never figure out why they were the way they were, besides the fact that that’s how they were raised.

Also, I find it hard blsckout believe that all of the parents in the US would be fine with the government rounding up their kids and taking them off to military installations.