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Blackout (Blackout #1)

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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
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by HarperTeen
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Giselle
Hmm.. I didn't really get the point of this book. It would have helped if we had gotten some world building, surely. Basically we've got these kids who have a virus that gives them powers. They get used by the army to try to stop kids with cooler powers. The end.

It's a shame, really, because until a bit passed the middle - which is when I realized this book wasn't really going anywhere - I was quite enjoying it. I thought the idea of it all was creative and exciting. the powers ranged from funny
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Melanie
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Thank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

What would you do if you could influence other people's minds? Disappear at any moment in time? Have your senses heightened to unnatural levels? Or even super-human strength? Would you use it, or would you wane away from the new reality? In Robison Wells' latest YA novel, Blackout explores and answers some of these questions in a virus-spreading dystopian
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Will M.
I can't believe the author who wrote Variant and Feedback wrote this. What a huge disappointment. Everything went downhill after knowing the secret of their "powers". Nothing interesting happened after the "huge" revelation.

My expectations were really high because I really liked Variant and Feedback. In fact, I think those two are the only YA books I rated 5 stars, if I'm not mistaken. I was really hoping I'd like this but there's nothing to like to be honest. The characters were boring, and the
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Brad Sells
Oct 16, 2013 Brad Sells rated it it was amazing
Blackout is, simply put, epic. Divergent meets X-Men in this fast-paced, awesome story that always kept my eyes glued to the page and my pulse racing with these characters. Legendary!

I'm a huge sucker for post-apocalytpic, dystopian novels, and the fantastic thing about Blackout is that it brings something new and fresh to the table. Kids being infected with powers? Sign me up. I was invested into this rich and vast world right from page one and never wanted to leave. Not only is this world dark
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Angela
Aug 25, 2015 Angela rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Molli Moran
So that synopsis is boss, right? When I read the synopsis, then an unsolicited ARC showed up for review I was all HECK YEAH. And I was expecting:



But by the end, I was exploding with disappointment.



So, yeah. That happened. Full review coming soon. Some great potential here, but BLACKOUT was quite a hot mess.

Full Review:

You know that vast expanse between what you think a book is going to be, and what it actually is? That feeling of somehow having been duped by an awesome synopsis? I hate that,
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
1.5 star

Once again I fell prey to a pretty cover. I just never learn, it seems. I’ll try to make this rant review as short and clear as possible. Please don’t hate me if I don’t succeed.

The story is very unstructured and immature, and the narrative technique is a bit odd, which is a euphemism for messy and poorly thought through. At first, the focus switches between two groups of teens from one chapter to the next, but as they get separated, the number of perspectives increases. Instead of focus
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Wendy Darling
Meh. DNF around 250 pages; it's fine, but not really remarkable. The writing style is entertaining enough, but the plot meanders and plausibility (even for a relatively forgiving reader like me when it comes to world building) is not its strong suit.
Mrs.Morgan
Nov 28, 2014 Mrs.Morgan rated it did not like it
Let us start with the things I liked about this book (it will be a much shorter list).

1. This was definitely a unique take on an apocalyptic dystopia. You don't typically see this concept when looking at that genre.
2. There was an interesting mesh between the science fiction/dystopian element and the science fiction/futuristic power concepts that were demonstrated within this book.

That is it. The end.

The things I did NOT like:

1. The concept was not AT ALL well developed. I spent the entire book
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Ashley
Jun 02, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, e-arc
Blackout by Robison Wells - Do they just want to watch the world burn?

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Blackout started out incredibly strong! I loved the characters, the mystery, and the suspense. I was completely hooked and breezed right through the first half or so.

This book felt very X-Men-esque. People start developing powers, but there are so many people who aren't aware of their powers, or are even afraid of them. Aubrey has the power to disappear. She has no idea where it came from or whether or not something is 'wrong' with her; all she knows is that
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Fantasy Literature
Mar 13, 2016 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
Robison Wells’ Blackout is, at first glance, just another typical dystopian YA novel. The chapters are short, the sentences shorter, and the vocabulary wouldn't be a stretch for most junior high students. Good teenagers are in conflict with bad teenagers and seemingly every adult in existence; adults can't be trusted as authority figures because they aren't special and they exploit the people who are. I would guess that a potential blurb for the book might read as, "Who can you trust when your o ...more
Sam Whitehouse
4.5 stars

Robison Wells, brother of one of my favourite authors Dan Wells (The Partials series) has blended three of my favourite things and created this awesome opener to what i hope will be at least a trilogy. This book is a cross between X-Men, 24 and The Tomorrow People and it works.
The plot is focused on several characters who, along with almost every teenager on the planet, has been infected with a virus that gives them a unique ability (this is where the X-Men/Tomorrow People aspects come
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Zoe
Jan 24, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction


Upon finishing this book, the only feeling I can think of is disappointment. There were so many opportunities for Wells to shine when writing this book, so many possible twists and turns it could have taken, but that never happened. Instead, this book is filled with lackluster worldbuilding, juvenile writing and underdeveloped characters; and a heck of a lot of action.

Blackout, in a sense, is the coming together of four very unlikely people and the circumstances that bring them together. Jack a
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Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Oct 01, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
So, you know how I’m always going on and on about how I’m a highly character-focused reader? Well, this book is one of those rare exceptions where I’m totally in the book for something else. The amount that I enjoyed this was definitely out of character for me (see what I did there?), but it was a thrill ride of adventures and powers and betrayal, so, frankly my dears, I do not give a damn.

Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions
Naoms
Sep 04, 2014 Naoms rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. It had great aspects, but I just didn't understand what it was all about. What were the terrorists after? Was it only happening in the U.S. How did the virus work, why were some people effected and not others? I don't know.
Ivy-Sue
Nov 20, 2014 Ivy-Sue rated it it was amazing
Abolutely wonderful book. It's full of surprises and some romance. Robinson Wells is an absolutely intelligent, FANTASTIC writer. I wish I could learn some of his tricks. Wow. I would recommend this book to all people. It's amazing.
Elevetha
Pretty much spent the whole time reading this with this face:



Yeah, I know it's a series. I get that. But when the first book of a series is so purposefully vague and confusing (with boring characters to boot), that's when I get upset.


COVER:

I thought it was pretty neat cover at first. "Wonder what that yellow stuff is..." But then I couldn't figure out if the cover actually had anything to do with the book. And THEN it hit me. (view spoiler)
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Ryelor
Jun 05, 2013 Ryelor rated it really liked it
Can I brag for a moment? I scored my copy of Black Out by winning Robison Wells's NCAA bracket tournament. Suh-weet! Glad I did. This book was awesome!

The cover of the book was a little misleading when I got it. The blurb on the front says, "The virus has spread." At first I thought, "Oh no, not another zombie book." For those of you who might think the same thing, have no fear. This book is NOT about zombies. It's about super powers . . . and that's all I'll give away. Needless to say, as a ner
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Once Upon a Twilight
Sep 20, 2013 Once Upon a Twilight rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Known for his inception like style of writing, Robison Wells provides an interesting novel dealing with America and terrorism. Filled with suspension and haunting scenes, Black Out is a dramatic blend of realism and science fiction. Using characters that come alive, Wells creates very complex relationships. 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.

In Blackout we follow the perspective
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Wendy Hines
Nov 20, 2014 Wendy Hines rated it it was ok
Black Out is a solid read. Focused on two groups of teens, the story flips between the two groups until they are brought together for the end. A virus, superhero powers, teen angst and more are in this scy-fy dystopian thriller. I didn't love it, and I didn't hate it. My main issue was the fact that I didn't relate to any characters. Not because of the age difference, as I am an adult, but because the focus wasn't on anyone in particular, but all over the place. The storyline is solid and the pl ...more
Jessica
Jan 26, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This book did my lil' X-Men loving heart good!

Imagine you're a teen finding out you have a superpower . . . now imagine that the government wants to test you, contain you, and use you . . . Yep. This book was gripping not just for the different take on superpowers (super smell, and the implications thereof, is not something that I've ever pondered), but also because it was so grounded in realism. I could see these exact things happening in such a situation (sorry, I'm being vague so I don't spo
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Mykia
Jan 11, 2015 Mykia rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, disappointment
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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. I loved the Point of views and the story idea! Just, not sure, something didn't do it for me to shout to the heavens about this book.

I've had a chance to think about this and this was a severe disappointment. This book has massive potential and it just flopped...hard.
Tiffany
Jun 17, 2014 Tiffany rated it did not like it
Eh, this book COULD have been great. But I feel as though the author introduced characters who didn't have any part of the book or who we didn't get to hear more from them or about their story. I read about half of this and then I just skipped a few pages and read some, then skipped more pages and read some and guess what? By not reading every word or page, I was able to still know what had happened to the characters. There was a lot of pointless words. But the beginning of the book was actually ...more
Hillari
Nov 28, 2014 Hillari rated it did not like it
Let us start with the things I liked about this book (it will be a much shorter list).

1. This was definitely a unique take on an apocalyptic dystopia. You don't typically see this concept when looking at that genre.
2. There was an interesting mesh between the science fiction/dystopian element and the science fiction/futuristic power concepts that were demonstrated within this book.

That is it. The end.

The things I did NOT like:

1. The concept was not AT ALL well developed. I spent the entire book
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Trish
Oct 27, 2015 Trish rated it liked it
Sort of like X-Men, but not really...
Attacks are sweeping across America.

Alec and Laura are at the center of the violence, while in a small town out west, Jack and Aubreyfeel sheltered from the turmoil.

But these four teens are about to find their lives intertwined in ways they never could have imagined -- and one wrong step could trigger an explosion that ends it all.


So, how to describe this book... hmmm.... I'm having trouble. I really enjoyed Variant, by Robison Wells, so I was excited to rea
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Amber
Sep 19, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it


Review to come closer to publcation...

Kate
My kids are going to love this book. Probably not as much as Variant, but it's definitely in that same vein.

My thoughts: WHY IN THE HECK WERE THERE TERRORISTS? I spent the entirety of the book thinking I would find out more behind the motivation for the people who were attacking the US. More about who they were. More about their background. SOMETHING. But I was sorely disappointed. It wasn't just a desire for more backstory, it was a need for ANY kind of backstory. Where did these kids come from
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Sofia
So this book is basically about a virus that has been spreading around in teens.

The virus gives them these special abilities and while most are quite useless a few of them are actually remarkable and should in a sense be praised.

Aubrey can disappear or at least that's what people would think, really she tells the brain of someone that she is not there but this ability has its limitations and snipers and cameras can see her

Jack has supersenses. Which basically means that his senses are just freak
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Trisha
Apr 22, 2014 Trisha rated it liked it
Interesting idea that got bogged down in the details.

I really did enjoy the first half of this book. I might even say almost 3/4 of the book was interesting and held my attention. But once it got too far into the military part of it - it just got...boring. And that is a really tough part to get boring at.

I didn't mind the lack of world building or even a real explanation as to why this all happened because we were never really with an official who knew anything. And the teens were just experienc
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