Author(s): Robison Wells
Series Standing: Book one (Blackout series)
What It’s About: Terrorist attacks are occurring somewhat randomly all over the country, but tucked away in Utah, Jack and Aubrey thought they were safe. They’re not. When the military interrupts the school dance, rounding up the kids to take them to a military base, Audrey thinks they’re looking for her. After all, she has been developing certain… abilities. Invisibility to be exact. As it is, she’s just ONE of the teens they’re looking for. The teenage terrorists everybody’s worried about have been given special powers, and those powers morphed into a virus susceptible only to teens. The government starts gathering teens from around the country, testing them for the virus. Those infected face inhumane conditions or a chance to fight alongside the military. Jack and Aubrey must put aside what tore their friendship apart and work together to discover what’s truly going on.. or they’ll fall apart.
My Review: This book is going to be a little hard to explain… not that I can’t explain the PLOT, It’s just that while I really enjoyed this book, I took a step back and saw holes in it. Interspersed throughout the book are little emails or blog posts or something. I had NO idea what they meant or were doing there until the end. Now I get (sorta) what they mean, but I still don’t understand what they were doing in there. I don’t even think it’s that much of a spoiler so I’ll tell you what they are. (If you hate people telling you anything remotely spoiler-ish about books though, don’t read the following sentences in bold.) Those blog posts are the terrorists’ code for when, where, and what to attack. But the author never gives us the code to decipher them. And you aren’t told it’s a code until the very end, so every time one pops up, your like, “WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?! I’m going back to the story.” Annoying, right? And they’re spread out rather thin, so they come out of nowhere. *Sigh…* I wish that the book would have touched more upon what gave the terrorists superpowers, or why they’re attacking the U.S. (and later Canada.) Do they just want to watch the world burn? Also, I noticed one thing that might be considered a discrepancy. I hate to pick things apart, but hear me out, because it’s important. Right in the beginning when Audrey’s invisibility is described, we’re told that it’s like her brain simply tricks others into thinking she’s not there. She can, and I quote, “yell, or slap, or punch, and no one would detect it. They’d feel the punch – like Nate had – but they wouldn’t recognize it for what it was. They’d think they’d slipped, or that they got a sudden muscle spasm, or that a wind (or drunkenness) had knocked them over. But they’d never see her, or hear her.” Key phrase: never hear her. But later on in the book, when I was so caught up I nearly forgot that, it became an integral part of the story that Jack and Aubrey are teamed up by the military because Jack can use his super-hearing to track and keep tabs on her. Wait, what? Yeah. Not to mention that this book ended in a cliffhanger (whoops, mentioned it.) But I did enjoy this story very much. One of the interesting things about it is that some of the chapters POV was split not only between Audrey and Jack, but two of the terrorists as well. The author did this well, and it provided much needed perspective. I sped through this book, and would read it again.
Re-Readability: Medium. I’ll pick it up again in due time and read it just as quickly as before.
“Laura sat in the third row of folding chairs – close enough to look engaged but not so close as to be particularly noticeable. She planned everything as she did now, trying to anticipate the officers’ interpretations of her actions.”
“Pain burst through Aubrey’s head and rippled down her body. It was as though she was being beaten with a baseball bat, but couldn’t tell where she was getting hit.”
“She balled her small hand into a fist and punched the cement floor. With no more apparent effort than if she were squashing a bug, the cement splintered and cracked.”