Mini Review: Blackout by Robison Wells

Robison Wells

I received an e-ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
Releases October 1, 2013
432 pages
YA / Superpowers / Fantasy

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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 trigger an explosion that ends it all.

It’s been over a month since I read this book, an odd superpowered terrorists versus the rest of the human race story. While reading it, I was never truly engaged with the story, often rolling my eyes, but I never outright yelled at the characters (as I did with The Girl of Fire & Thorn). Instead I was generally disinterested, continuing more because I felt I had to rather than because I wanted to. It wasn’t until after I was done and a few hours had gone by for me to process that I realized that I had a lot of issues with this book.

So I delayed writing a review until that ranting feeling had subsided, but as the ranty faded away, my memory of much detail drifted away with it. You have teenagers with superpowers caused by… something… and they’re all terrorists for who know what reason. So the government rounds up all the teenagers to test them for the gene giving them superpowers and puts them in nice internment camps until the coast is clear. Some superpowered individuals start to work with the army even though they are undertrained, not remotely trusted by the adults or have a real clue what they’re doing.

It just seemed like a weak premise and without much background behind the terrorist movement, Laura, Alec and their ilk seemed like they were on a death and destruction tour with no real purpose or meaning other than to destroy. Aubrey spends her time hating her ability to be invisible and being mostly a wuss about everything. When she and Jack begin to realize there’s something a little off about their cohorts, there decision continues to slide downhill and very quickly.

On the barest of levels, the ideas that compiled to become Black Out could have been an interesting superpower story of mass destruction. Instead it was a jumble of shaky motives and bland characters that made this an entirely forgettable book.


I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Opinions are only my own.