Author: Robison Wells
Series: Book One in the Blackout Series
Published By: HarperTeen (October 1, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!
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.
My Thoughts and Review:
It isn't often that I purposely pick up a book that I know has science fiction undertones simply because I have a love hate relationship with the genre but the synopsis on this just appealed to me too much to ignore and I was really hoping that the dystopian feel of it would make it worth the read and overshadow any of the sci fi element I was nervous about.
So I went into this with a little trepidation expecting little but hoping for a lot.
What I did get was a very original concept with a lot of twists and turns, a sweet slow building romance, and a fast paced adventure that will leave you thrilling and wanting the next installment.
While I wasn't in love with the story, I did enjoy and appreciate it and as it turns out, I needn't have worried about the sci fi undertones at all. They weren't too over the top or overbearing to the storyline and the character, their abilities and their secrets definitely made it worth the read.
The world that Aubrey and Jack live in is a world of chaos with constant threats and attacks from terrorists. Where no one is what they seem and everyone is considered enemy number one, especially teenagers like themselves, teenagers with abilities that scare the adults around them.
While this was a great fast paced read, the ending left me reeling with unexpected turns and twists and of course questions left unanswered. I can only hope that the next book will shed more light on all of those questions.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*