ARC Review: Blackout by Robison Wells

December 26, 2013 Review 31 ★★

ARC Review: Blackout by Robison Wells
Blackout by Robison Wells
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher
Pages: 432
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Series: Blackout #1
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Oh BLACKOUT, BLACKOUT, BLACKOUT. I can’t say I had high expectations going into this book, but I can’t help but feel really disappointed because I did want to enjoy you, especially in the midst of my reading slump.

I believe I mentioned this in one of my other reviews but at the risk of sounding repetitive, there is not much that will make me put down a book but one huge reason is when it is Just Plain Boring. And repetitive with somewhat useless information.


So. BLACKOUT starts with some action, to lure the readers in with the promise of something to come, but falls short very soon after. Which is pretty bad because the book is kind of long.

 The thing is, the first one hundred and fifty pages were filled with what we have already been told in the synopsis. Isn’t that kind of there so we don’t have to go through and rehash all that?


Oh, and don’t forget one key thing “There was no reason for them to ever meet.” And, one hundred and fifty pages in-they still hadn’t. I just don’t get it.

My point here is, if you can stand a very slow, somewhat bland plot-although it is one with above average writing-go for it. Although I have to say if you want a plot like this that is a for sure go, check out The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

Rating Report
Overall: 1.8

31 Responses to “ARC Review: Blackout by Robison Wells”

  1. Bec

    Well, this news sucks. I really wanted this to be a Good Book. Obviously its not. But then again I do have a bit more patience than you :P (well… maybe not) I want to read this now just to see what I’ll think of it. Maybe. Probably not because I’m too lazy for that XD

    You better get out of your reading slump soon, missy. Just because I said so and we really need to find a book we both love to gush over in a dual review (or just in skype/email. Whatever works).

    • Alise

      Nah, you definitely have more patience than me. (The 5th Wave and Code Name Verity) So you may like this book.

      I know… I really want to too, it sucks.

    • Alise

      Yeah I was scrolling through Goodreads after and saw the consensus was around two stars :/ But hey, you never know-you might like it :)

    • Alise

      It’s a sign! Haha in all seriousness, I can definitely see why people do like it but I guess I’ve read other similar books I liked much more.

  2. Sunny

    AVOID AVOID! I can’t stand boring books like you. I have much better things to do with my time than feel like I’m watching grass grow. Ugh, 150 pages in and still NOTHING? No, just no. I love the gifs!

  3. A Canadian Girl

    Lol, I could tell how bored you were with this one just from your GIFs :) I hadn’t heard of this one until now but I shall be avoiding it. I can’t believe that 150 pages in, the characters still haven’t met!

    • Alise

      The plot sounded super promising, but yeah, the pacing was absolutely terrible. So good idea-poor execution I would say.

  4. Wendy Darling

    Um, yeah. I DNFd this one around 150 pages, I think. it was FINE, but I didn’t care about any of the characters and wasn’t much interested in what was going to happen to them. So Darkest Minds has a similar premise but good, huh? My coblogger really liked that one, but I haven’t read it yet!

    Sorry you were disappointed. But I can totally understand why.
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    • Alise

      That’s exactly where I stopped as well! Yeah, the lack of character connection made the story even less interesting. The Darkest Minds was much better, I would definitely say to try out that one if you liked the synopsis of this one.

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