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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  32 reviews
After the Board came to power the world changed the way a hunter stalks its prey: all paranoia and imagined flickers of shadow, so that while you were being torn to pieces you were still wondering whether you were overreacting.

For 16-year-old Skyler, fear is a way of life. For three years, since the Wall split the UK in two, her survival as an illegal Northern refugee in t
Paperback, First edition, 350 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Kit Mallory
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This book is June's Sapphic Book Club read hosted by @sapphicliterature.

★★★,5☆ | Uh, oh. I forgot to write it and my notes are scarce so let's keep it brief.

The good:
★the characters are amazing. The whole trio is super lovable and they're all individuals with fully fleshed out personalities. I'm gonna give them their own stars because...
★Skyler <3 every team needs a badass hacker.
★Angel <3 I love that she was both the killer AND the healer of the group.
★Mackenzie <3 he was my favourite because o
This book was provided for free as the June 2018's Sapphic Book Club read hosted by sapphicbookclub.

So, it took me quite a while to get through the book (or at least it felt like ages). Which doesn't mean it was bad, it was all in all an alright read. But it took me a long time to get into the story.

The setting is nothing I really expected, even after reading the blurb. It felt like the DDR is happening in our contemporary time right now - plus it's an very slightly sci-fi inspired dystopia.
This book was June 2018's Sapphic Book Club read hosted by @sapphicliterature.

“It’s not a good thing, Skyler, being fearless. Fear’s there for a reason. The only way someone could turn out the way Angel is, I reckon, is if they really believed they didn’t have anything left to lose.”

My rating: 3.5 stars

Okay, so. This book. First of all, it was great to see a dystopia that wasn't set in the US - Blackout is set in the UK, and not even in London, which was another plus point. The original premise
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was ok

This book was read for Sapphic Book Club, hosted by sapphicliterature.

I see so many people enjoying this book but, honestly, this wasn't my cup of tea. And it's such a bummer, because I really wanted to like this, it sounded exactly like a story I'd love. But nope, somehow this book just didn't appeal to me.

The plot was interesting, I loved how this set in UK. It was an adventure, and I don't actually have much complaints about the story itself. Basically, everything else just kind of disappoi
Shan( Shans_Shelves) &#x1f49c;

I’m not okay. It’s true what they say: You don’t know how much you actually cared until an ending like that!!!!

I’m going to go cry now.

Review soon😭😭😭
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
Blackout is set in the not-to-distant future in a divided UK. Three years prior to the beginning of the book a wall was built dividing the north and south. Those in the South had some chance to etch out a comfortable life for themselves, but for those in the North life as they knew it collapsed.

Skyler and Mackenzie are from the North but circumstances and heavy losses saw them find their way over the wall to the South. There, they do what it takes to survive in a world that would see them dead.
Quite The Novel Idea ~ Novel Ink

Well wasn't this an unexpectedly fun thrill ride of a book? I'm not that into dystopian books these days but I found myself really enjoying it quite a bit! Blackout is a tense, fun and exciting start to a new series that I can't wait to continue. 

To start off, I just want to say that it's so refreshing to read a dystopian book that doesn't take place in the US, but in the UK! That is so awesome and something I personally haven't seen much so far. The world-buildin
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
* I received the book in exchange for an honest review*

I was reluctant to start the book as it came in the middle of my extra-romance period when I could barely read non-romance books. But it turned out my reluctance was unwarranted.

The story is happening in the UK, which is unusual setting for the topic of the book, but it is a nice change from all the US-based ones.

I liked the characters. Mackenzie, despite being a master thief deals with OCD and other issues. Skyler is an angry, excellent hac
Kay Solo
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really good read, and once again I find myself up at an odd hour of the morning finishing a book because it was just that compelling. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect going into this, but I liked it an awful lot, even though dystopian media isn't usually my thing. The characters and their development are solid, the story has all sorts of twists and turns, and is written in a way that definitely kept me interested and got me emotionally invested. The romance was also steady, not f ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f, ya, lgbtq
I was really excited to see a near-future dystopia set in the UK, and the fact that it features an F/F relationship made it an instant buy for me. This was an evocative and tense read – the plot was gripping, the fear and paranoia of life under the Board’s regime came through really strongly, and the parallels with the UK’s current political landscape were clear without being overdone.

The relationships in this book were fascinating – Skyler, Mackenzie and Angel have all been hurt in different wa
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, lgbt, ya
This book cured my reading slump, made me emotional and gay, and want to start a revolution all within 24 hours.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blackout is a brilliant debut novel. The idea of a wall being built between the North and South of the UK seems too realistic for comfort. I totally loved the writing style of Kit Mallory and can’t wait until her next book is published. No explicit sex but some scenes between Angel and Skyler were incredibly tender and moving. I loved reading about Mackenzie again real depth of character being written about him. The story was well thought out and fast paced. I hope to read more of Angel, Skyler ...more
F.D. Lee
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, thriller, y-a
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this novel, and I absolutely adored it. I am genuinely champing at the bit for the second instalment, and the first book hasn't even been 'officially' released yet! What a nightmare - but nothing compared to the nightmare Skylar, Angel and Mackenzie face...

Set in a (not too distant?) future, the UK is suffering an energy drought. Power has become the main commodity, and thus it is carefully rationed by the sinister Board. In order to extend resources
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bb-review
Blackout by Kit Mallory is a post-apocalyptic story of survival, fighting for what is right and friendship. Skyler is an illegal Northern refugee who has been living in the South as a hacker. She’s been living in the cellar of one of the most ruthless of men in the North in order to continue living on the inhabitable side of the wall. When the opportunity comes knocking with the possibility of taking down the people who destroyed the North, how can she pass it by? Even if she goes down with them ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book felt very, very real. The day I started reading it, there was a new story showing on one of the TVs at work about the rights of EU citizens to live in England, so Mallory’s world of extreme prejudice where the north of our country is annexed and left to die for the sake of resources and someone to blame didn’t seem that far fetched. It’s a rare thing to find dystopian books set in England – usually they’re pretty evidentl
Saruuh Kelsey
4.5 stars

I thought this was a stand alone and then THAT ENDING, so I'm pretty glad it's a series.

I started off not sure about this, but honestly I loved the characters quickly. Mackenzie is an utter sweetheart (protect him, my precious, anxious child) and I love how equally badass and vulnerable Skyler is. I'm still not sure about Angel, but I like her relationship with Skyler, and love the inclusion of a f/f romance. I LOVE the friendship between Mackenzie and Skyler, though. It's so dynamic an
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

This was the May Sapphic book of the month for the Sapphic book club.

This book was enjoyable, but definitely took me a while to get through; not because of inaccessible language or anything, I think it was just the heavy subject matter? Anyways, this book was dark, but sort of optimistic at the same time; horrible dystopian world with all the dark grim happenings that implies, but the book follows the characters fighting against that grim darkness and working towards a better world. The very end
Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde)
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review on blog

What an epic story, this is exactly what i needed right now after the last few bland books i read. It intrigued me from the first chapter and kept my interested peak all the way through to that explosive (literally) ending. Brutal, and intimidatingly engaging, this is one great book you are not going to want to miss.

The writing style is the kind that i love. It draws you in from the get-go and never lets up; even in the parts you would think to lag, like laying low in an old house.
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kit Mallory’s dystopian young adult novel, Blackout, is full of as much stellar character development as it is breathless action. Mallory delivers the story with a sense of urgency but doesn’t neglect character backstory or the events informing the text’s destitute politics. This leaves the reader feeling like they’ve spent far more than mere hours getting to know the characters and inhabiting their world.

The setting is a near-future UK run by a group called the Board and divided by a wall separ
Carol Hutchinson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok so this book was….WOW!!!!!!

Just Wow!!!!

This story takes you on one hell of an adventure with some very frightened, but extremely brave and commendable teenager, who take on the ultimate dictatorship, and some pretty nasty people in order to bring justice for millions of people who have no idea what lies in store for them.

Skyler, a sixteen-year old with attitude, a temper, and serious hacker skills gets her hands on a usb stick which she wants to decode to find out what evil schemes The Boar
Blackout is a really enjoyable YA dystopian novel, set in a near-future UK where the government has been replaced by the dictatorial Board. The Board has successfully used "us and them" politics to demonise supposed drains on the economy – including, apparently, the entire country north of Birmingham. A massive wall has been erected to keep those parasitic Northerners out of the South, although most of the North's population has died anyway, after the Board shut off all supply lines. Life in the ...more
Jenn Matthews
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book whilst at Ellcon last year and put it to one side when I realised it was a young adult book. However, after an event in Crawley, where the author read an excerpt I realised I HAD to read it!

I was not disappointed. The characters were well-rounded and recognisable. You really felt for them as well as hoping they would succeed! Definitely a feel good in a bad situation book.

It was well written and nicely edited. The concept was believable and well revealed to the reader over t
Lianne KF
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have been after a proper dystopian adventure for ages and this definitely fits the bill. The characters are really likeable - switching perspectives between two main characters. I love the friendships that are built as well as the portrayal of certain character characteristics. As someone who lives in Great Britain it is also very thought provoking. I also personally like how the book flits back every now and then to give you a glimpse of life 'before'... I thin ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was great. It had a great narrative voice that went back and forth between the two main characters. There was also some nice diversity in the characters, including poc, lgbtq characters, and at least one who was neurodivergent. I really liked how the author afforded all of the characters respect: for example, there were no stupid mistakes as plot devices and the characters were competent despite their age. While I predicted the twist it didn’t take away from my enjoyment at all. I real ...more
Aug 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally read YA, as I'm very much not young anymore - but a friend said I'd enjoy it.

They were right, and I'm totally delighted that someone is making fiction like this for the young adult I was, and there's still loads of out there.

I do like a bit of "this happens a week next Tuesday dystopia", and this had plenty of that - the world feels real and lived in, and feels like the place I live. (I read this prior to the covid pandemic, but I stand by the "this feels real".)
Susie Williamson
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A cracking read. Loved the depth of characters, the feisty Skyler, the imaginative future dystopia of the UK. I quite literally ran out of words for this story of survival, and look forward to the sequel.
Angel Graham

Wasn't my thing after all. I hoped I'd like it, but found it boring.

Some one else may like it.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really smart Near future dystopian thriller with some fascinating characters working out if worth taking a stand

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Natalie Cannon
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I purchased the ebook of Blackout after getting to know Kit Mallory during Twitter's #LGBTWIP event. The novel presents an authoritarian future uncomfortably close to a real life possibility.

When an energy crisis hits the UK, a hot mess of corporations and wealthy people take over the government and establish an tyrannical regime known as "the Board." After a massive hate campaign to demonize the citizens of the UK's north, the Board overnight builds a wall to separate the North from the South a
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had an idea that Angel and Skyler were going in a certain direction, though to me, it felt a little bit strange because I got the impression of a mentor/mentee type platonic relationship between them, even though they were only a few years apart in age. I'm glad that it ended the way it did - and look forward to reading the next book.
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Kit Mallory lives in Bath, UK, and writes YA speculative fiction about underdogs, kickass girls who like to kiss other girls, and mental health. Her debut novel Blackout was shortlisted for the 2016 Mslexia Children's Novel Competition and longlisted for the 2016 Bath Children's Novel Award. She was almost certainly a mermaid in a former life. ...more

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