Paperback, 659 pages
Published May 22nd, 2012 by Orbit
(contains spoilers for Feed and Deadline)
Georgia and Shaun Mason seem to attract trouble. They have uncovered layers of a conspiracy that runs deep within the United States government and that seems to get deeper and muckier all the time. They have survived countless zombie attacks as well as betrayals from people they thought they could trust. Georgia was killed and secretly cloned, Shaun went a little crazy, members of their news team became chow for the living dead. A lot of excrement has hit that twirly thing in the ceiling since they took on the Ryman campaign job back in Feed. But now it’s time for the real truth to get out, no matter how bad the outcome may be . . .
Told from two perspectives, Blackout follows both Georgia – held captive in the facility where she awoke after being cloned – and Shaun – leading his team around the country on a rescue mission.
I dare say that Blackout has the least zombie action out of the three books. It focuses more on the conspiracy/uncovering the truth side of things. There is, however, still plenty of tough guy talk where zombies are involved. I have a prime example for you:
I adjusted my position, calling over my shoulder, “A little speed in the carpool lane would be appreciated, guys. We’ve got incoming, and I didn’t bring enough limbs to share with everybody.”
This series is absolutely splattered with macho comments, and I love it. It’s probably my favourite thing about it.
As an ending to the Newsflesh trilogy, I think this does okay at properly finishing everything. Feed is definitely my favourite of the three because it seemed the most complete. You could have pretty much left it as a stand alone novel, whereas Deadline and Blackout need each other.
One thing I do wonder about is how the Masons enemies always manage to start these zombie breakouts so quickly – and maybe this was explained somewhere and I’ve forgotten – because it seems mighty convenient (a little too convenient). Maybe they use their little needles of virus? Ring the dinner bell? Walk the zombies over on leashes? I just don’t know.
Overall, Blackout was a good read and a fine finish to this technological zombie political thriller series. Mira Grant came up with lots of great ideas (plenty of ‘ah!’ moments) and seemed well versed in all the science stuff.