Blackout by Mira Grant (Newsflesh #3)
Reviewed by GGGinny
What I drank: Lots of beer. There are a ton of breweries in the area and I had this fantastic Sour beer and a really nice light lager.
Rise up while you can. -Georgia Mason
The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.
The year was 2039. The world didn’t end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. They uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.
Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there’s one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it’s this:
Things can always get worse.
Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that began in the Hugo-nominated Feed and the sequel, Deadline.
Drunk Overview: This is the third book in the Newsflesh series, so there will be a lot of spoilers for the earlier two books. So, Georgia wakes up, which is a shock because her last memories were of being shot in the head. Meanwhile, Shaun is still dealing with his dead sister talking to him in his head while he deals with the fact that the CDC is doing some shady shit and he’s the unfortunate journalist who needs to take them down.
Drunk Thoughts: I really appreciate this series. I feel like Mira Grant does a great job of understanding who the characters are, and how people react in the real world, for better and worse.
- Georgia’s plotline in this book is fascinating as she deals with what being a person, much less a specific person really means. How much of personhood is due to memories versus genetics versus so many other factors.
- Her plot is also the one that feels most different to the rest of the book and the series as she’s in a situation where she lacks pretty much any form of agency.
- It really does feel weird that she’s so out of control when she’s the character that had previously done the best job of handling various situations.
- At the same time, her being separated from everyone else for the entire previous book, and a large portion of this book allowed so many other characters to have their moment.
- I love Mahir in this book. Having him in person really allows an understanding of his character outside of his relationship to George, who seemed to be the only person he really interacted with.
- One of the great things about this series was about how much they switched up the main block of characters. A lot of this is due to the fact that this is a brutal bloody world and people didn’t survive even if you were rooting for them with every fiber of your being.
- But it also helps better define the main characters. The way Shaun (even when he was hearing George in his head) interacted with Becks, a trained Irwin, vs Alaric, who was a straight up Newsie, was fascinating.
- So, the characters in this were fantastic.
- But, to the plot. All of these books were wild. I do really love the amount of science in these books. I don’t have a background in it, so there’s a lot I don’t understand, but it doesn’t change the fact that Grant seems to be meticulous in the way she figures things out.
- I think the best part of the plot was the way the entire series built to what ended up happening in these books. It feels like escalation done right. The first book was entirely about a plot to corrupt the government, the second was about the possibility of the CDC being funky, and this book was straight up “How do we take down a corrupt government organization that has been functionally holding the country hostage.”
- In vague terms, there was also a revelation in this book that I HATED when I first read the series. Part of that is due to the fact that it completely blind-sided me. This time, reading through it meant that I actually picked up on all of the foreshadowing (and boy am I disappointed that I didn’t pick up on any of it).
- I still found myself a little bit frustrated with the epilogue. Again, I’m trying to keep this vague, I think it can be hard to write an epilogue to something that built up so large, but I still found myself wanting more detail. The perspective shift, I think was really helpful, but it was also the first time we saw the new perspective (which makes sense in the narrative) but was jarring.
- In the end, I think this book built really well off of the rest of the series.
- I still wish there were more books in the series (other than just the novella which I haven’t actually read yet), but I feel like there would be some massive upheaval after the end of this book and I’d love to see how it had happened.
- Oh shit, I realized I didn’t cover so many parts of this book. The mosquitos carrying the virus and the accident of their spread was legitimately terrifying. Especially in this time. I’m sure there are organizations that are working to weaponize viruses and after the year and change we’ve all had, I can’t imagine dealing with that form of bio-terrorism.
- While I enjoy Alaric’s character, it also made sense that he was sidelined in this book. His sister was in the middle of the mosquito swarm and having dealt with personal disasters that makes it difficult to focus on anything else.
- Maggie remains one of my favorite characters, and I really appreciated how this book delved into how wealth changes the American experience. Which has always been true.
- Also I enjoyed the pieces of world-building, specifically the additions of how the “underground” works. The way that people who wanted to avoid the constant surveillance adapted to survive.
What I’d Pair it With: Absinthe, this book was wild and definitely a trip.