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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,790 ratings  ·  549 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
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by HarperTeen
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Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ebook
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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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
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
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
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, arc
Blackout by Robison Wells - Do they just want to watch the world burn?

Nose Graze — Young Adult book reviews

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 t
Brad Sells
Mar 21, 2013 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
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. ...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
Nov 06, 2014 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
C2 Alexa
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this book, the author mentioned how a supposed "virus" is affecting teenagers and is spreading around the US. The government rounded up all the teenagers in the United States and kept them in a quarantine zone. The conditions were very bad and they didn't have access to fresh food and other necessities. This reminded me of the refuge camps in the US, where the immigrants have to suffer inhumane conditions in the camp. ...more
Nov 23, 2013 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. Jac
Brandi Kosiner
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Fantasy Literature
Mar 13, 2016 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
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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Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This one was a lot better than I remembered!

I originally read this a few years ago in middle school and had no interest in reading it's sequel until I decided to get it for just $2.00 on Bookoutlet, so I decided to reread it to freshen up my mind.

While it's not the best written thing in the world, I flew through this because of the characters, the storyline and the action, no matter how unoriginal it was.
Sep 01, 2014 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. ...more
Sep 09, 2014 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. ...more
Jaden Nelson
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was hard to get into and a big chunk of the beginning of the book was pretty boring, but around halfway through, I was hooked and loved the second half. Also I have to say is I didn't like the ending. I would read it again but probably not anytime soon. ...more
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.


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)
Sep 20, 2013 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
Reading is my Escape
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 Aubrey feel 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
Apr 29, 2013 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
Mar 15, 2013 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
Wendy Hines
Oct 30, 2014 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
Kevin Cano
Sep 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't really like it and didn't grab my attention
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it

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Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
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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
Urbandale Library
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This post-apocalyptic novel begins with the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a twist: the attacks didn't stop with 9/11 and the terrorists to blame are not who we think. Jack, Aubrey, Laura, and Alec all appear to be typical teenagers herded up by the U.S. government for their own safety during these terrorist attacks. Each is tested for the spreading virus and all are found infected with supernatural abilities. Effectively recruited by the military to combat the terrorists and other infected teenage ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
The original review for this title can be found HERE on The Book Hookup.

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
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