Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blackout - Mira Grant


If you could…would your rise?



“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. The 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.”

Oh Mira Grant: Thank you so much for making me wait with baited breath for Blackout. And it was so worth the wait. This book is pitched as a post zombie apocalypse tale, but for me, it’s a tale of freedom of the press and free speech and political conspiracies that just so happen to be in the world of zombies. It is in fact, not the end of the world. We have rebuilt society with zombies in mind: protocol and safety measures. The people who say we are safe and secure are really the ones who are lying to us.

Grant does great in creating a complex world filled with conspiracies and moments filled with emotion and action. Not wanting to give too much away, just know that this story is filled with twist and turns and “what the hell?!”type moments and moments that made me want to cry. We lose a beloved badass chick and learn that with sacrifices, small and big, are to be respected and cherished.

I cannot get over how much I love this series. And can I say how happy it’s a trilogy and it doesn’t drag out? This series was the perfect in length. There are not wasted words or space and every character is important and moves the story along to the climax point where they bring down the Man.

This zombie series was not one of shot guns and bullet wounds, it was of whispered conspiracies and the power of the written word. A nice change of pace in the world of zombie tales. 

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