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Blackout (Blackout #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  839 ratings  ·  209 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by HarperTeen
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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...more
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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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more

I think I can sum up my experience with Blackout in 1 word: disappointing. Every aspect really disappointed me in one way or another – from the world-building (oh, the dreadful world-building! *shudders*), the average characterization, the poor writing, etc. Which was really sad, because Blackout had SO MUCH potential. I guess Robison Wells just didn’t know how to use his talents to his advantage.

Like the book in general, the plot had so much potential; but that potential was completel...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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.

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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...more
Once Upon
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...more
Brandi Kosiner (Blkosiner's Book Blog)
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...more
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...more
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
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.

Review to come closer to publcation...

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...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...more
Krista (Nawanda Files)
I love dystopians, science fiction, and post-apocalyptic books. In actuality, Blackout seemed like the perfect read for me. Especially since there are powers, and I'm a super X-Men fan. After a hundred pages with a slow, predictable plot, I still held out hope that it'd pick up with some dramatic twist. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. So here's the reasons why Blackout just wasn't for me.

We're introduced to a multitude of characters, but we're in the third person POV of Laura,...more
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At the start of the book, Aubrey isn't the most sympathetic character. She woke up one day with the ability to turn herself invisible, but she hadn't exactly been using her power to do anything worthwhile. In fact, she ditched her longtime friend Jack, and was using her special ability to steal clothes and other goodies that she normally wouldn't be able to afford. She was also using her power to spy on classma...more
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
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Blackout is a book that can best be described as X-Men meets Heroes. Aubrey is a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks. All Aubrey has ever wanted was to fit in and not blend in with the crowd. Lauren is a girl on a mission. Along with her friends Dan and Alec they've been traveling around the country causing mischief and mayhem wherever they go. Two girls, separated by hundreds of miles are about to meet. One is a terrorist, the othe...more
This was just a big ball of mehhhhhh.

Cool powers, check. Original plot, check. Things actually making sense, uncheck, uncheck, uncheck.

For me, things not actually being explained or making sense is not a huge issue for me when it comes to a book. In fact, it bothers me a whole lot less than normal readers, I feel.

However, if it doesn't make sense till the last ten pages, doesn't have characters I care about, and has an extremely boring middle, well then that's a problem.

The characters...more
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Christina's Review:

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Initial Thoughts and Rating: I’m giving Blackout an actual rating of 2.5 stars, but rounded up because I could see where others would enjoy...more
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Blackout was interesting reading experience for me. On the surface, I thought it was a great book - thrilling, lots of action, interesting characters, and a far-reaching plot. The problem is that when I started thinking about the different elements of the book in detail, things just didn't hold up. I did enjoy the reading experience though so I do think I will continue with the next book and hope that we are given more answers. Mild spo...more
I was expecting this book to be just another dystopian/apocalyptic book that followed the generic plot-line, but ended up finding that the characters were actually well developed and interesting. I really wanted to keep reading this book to find out what happened next.

Here is my VOYA review:

Everything is going great for Aubrey at her first high school dance. At least until her date manifests superhuman powers and the army comes to take all the teenagers away on buses. Although Aubrey manages to...more
Robison Wells is a master storyteller, particularly catering to the adolescent reader and science fiction. I immensely enjoyed Variant and look forward to reading Feedback.

Blackout is a little X-Men Ninja Teenager. The protagonist, Aubrey, living in little Mount Pleasant, Utah, has been keeping a secret from everybody but Nicole, popular and beautiful best friend. Although Nicole plays a minimal part in the story, the story line exists because of Nicole's encouragement of Aubrey's secret. Aubrey...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
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Aubrey didn't have a very exciting life before. She was barely noticeable on the best of days, and when she was noticed it was because of her father, the drunk, or her less than posh clothing. Jack didn't care though. There was always something about her that he knew was special, even if she didn't know it herself. When Aubrey starts developing the power to disappear, she has to push away the ones she holds closest and live a lie....more
BLACKOUT by Robison Wells reminds me of this old joke.

There are two dyslexics working in a kitchen. One says, "Can you smell gas?" And the other says, "I can't even smell my own name." (Remember, it's just a witticism, a spoonerism, if you will. Not necessarily derogatory.)

BLACKOUT was an entertaining read, fast-paced, intriguing. I guess you could say engaging. I was engaged, then… Well, I think you'll like those characteristics. I haven't read its predecessor if there is one. But after readi...more
I really enjoyed this book--set in a not-so-distant future, a group of teenage terrorists has been attacking targets all across the US, targeting valuable infrastructure, tourist landmarks--anything to raise fear levels. When it becomes apparent that these terrorists possess uncanny abilities, and these abilities are related to a virus that only targets teens, the US government responds by rounding up *all* teenagers, and attempting to recruit those with useful powers. If it sound vaguely X-men-...more
I'm on my third read since it's October 1st release. Blackout is every bit as exciting, if not more so, than Robison's first YA book, Variant. Blackout is the newest gem in the YA Thriller market's crown. It has an intense and intricate plot with vivid characters and multiple viewpoints. Those ready for a step-up from the common, YA first-person perspective are in for a real treat.

The audio book is read by Ray Porter and he, naturally, nails this performance. If you enjoy ANYTHING Ray's done, yo...more
Another reviewer stated that this would be perfect for a hardcore dystopian fan that enjoyed superheroes. Well, I am that fan and this was almost perfect for me.

Aubrey is at prom and no one seems to be asking her to dance. No one even seems to notice that she is there. When the prom is stormed by the military and all of the teens are taken, except Aubrey because she's invisible. Jack also avoids being captured by the military because he didn't actually attend the dance. He just was waiti...more
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