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Posted October 2, 2013
The world set up in this one was really interesting, but I t
The world set up in this one was really interesting, but I think that my problem is that I didn't connect with the majority of the characters. I think that the lead up to the mutations wasn't well done, and I think that it should not have started from the terrorist point of view to start because that dropped my attention level. I didn't connect with them or understand why they were doing what they were doing.
Once I got going I did like Audrey and her story line. I think that her and Jack are what kept my interest. It was a gentle and then building connection between the two, because when it starts, Audrey is actually with someone else.
I think maybe a lot of the issues would have been fixed if there weren't so many points of view, but I felt bounced around. As is, I don't think that I will be continuing with the series.
Bottom Line: Great premise, but meh world building.
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Posted October 1, 2013
When I first started this one, I admit I was a bit overwhelmed a
When I first started this one, I admit I was a bit overwhelmed at the jumping back and forth between characters. Multiple POV's can be very tricky, but I finally found my groove and the chapters seemed short enough to be able to jump back and forth with little difficulty. I am always in the mood for a good dystopia and I found that I really enjoyed Blackout. It is action packed and really kept you wondering as to what the bigger picture was. However, I ended up rating it less than I originally planned because I did feel as if the storyline fizzled out a bit in the second half of the book. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it didn't grip me like the first half did.
Books that involve multiple POV's make it very difficult for you to get invested in your characters. I found myself preferring to read about Jack and Aubrey over Alec and Laura more times than not. Jack and Aubrey were high school students whose school is infiltrated by soldiers at a school dance. All of the students were captured, save for Aubrey and Jack. Aubrey is special- she is able to turn herself invisible, which is how she got away. Jack, never having been at the dance, shows up later to clean up, thus not getting caught. I did like where Wells took Aubrey and Jack's relationship. The two used to be friends when they were younger, but Aubrey is not the same girl Jack once knew. She runs in the popular circles and dresses differently. She made her choice and he wasn't it. However, now that they are thrown back together and having only the other to depend on, Jack must let the sting of betrayal go and work with her to save themselves.
Of course Jack realizes that Aubrey really isn't that popular girl, but is still the friend he used to know. The two vow to protect one another and should they be separated to find each other. Their relationship does develop into something more, which of course I liked.
Laura and Alec were harder to care about. Not because they were terrorists, bent on destroying everything, but because I already liked Jack and Aubrey and would rather have read more about them. I also didn't really understand Laura and Alec's motivation behind their attacks. There is one line mentioned frequently, "For your mother and mine". I kept waiting for one of them to explain that, but no one ever did. It almost seems like Laura, Alec, and Dan (another boy with powers) are wreaking havoc just because- not for any set purpose.
The premise was quite interesting- the world is succumbing to these terrorist attacks and the military is now bringing teenagers into captivity to check to see if they have a virus, which causes their 'superpowers'. Some of these superpowers prove to be useful and the government is enlisting their help to stop the terrorist cells, after placing them on lockdown and running painful tests on them, of course.
I did find the ending to be quite confusing, however. It ends rather abruptly, and while it sets us up for a sequel, I still feel it could have done with a bit more resolution than it did.
Overall, not a bad read- if you are a hardcore dystopian fan who likes action and superpowers, definitely give this a go.
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Posted December 7, 2013
This book is about: Teens develop superpowers. Some, considered terrorists, rebel against the government. The others not involved in the attacks on America get quarantined for their powers. Later, they get enlisted by the military to 'fight fire with fire'.
I really, really did NOT like this book. It was poorly written. While the overal plot idea is interesting, the storyline needed much improvement. At times, it went too fast, and it didn't give the reader time to become attached to the characters. Other times, it was too slow and you wonder why a certain part was necessary. The only thing that kept me reading were Aubrey and Jack. At times, I found myself looking forward to when it was their point on view.
Everything I hated about this book:
-plot, it was poorly developed
-characters, they were hard to related to plus I just didn't like them
-the end, ...where to begin with the end... I HATED THE ENDING! It happened to fast, made very little sense, and was plain dumb. The last lines were, '...Russia invaded Alaska.' RUSSIA HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH THE REST OF THE BOOK! YOU CAN'T JUST THROW THAT IN THERE!
Well, you know my standing on the book. Fyi, I'm a harsh critic because I read a lot. Probably too much.
I recommened this book if you like Witch & Wizard, by James Patterson.
I don't recommened this book if you like Hunger Games.
Neutral territory is the Divergent Trilogy.
Peace out, <3
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Posted December 2, 2013
This is the first novel I have read by Robinson Wells, and while
This is the first novel I have read by Robinson Wells, and while I do enjoy science fiction and dystopian novels, sometimes they tend to be kind of hit and miss for me. There are four characters, Laura, Alec, Jack, and Aubrey. Two of them are pretty normal, and two are definitely not. In fact, two of them are terrorists. There is a virus spreading around that infects teenagers with special powers. The synopsis sounds exciting and the first part of the book was pretty interesting, but the second part had a hard time holding my attention. It does contain multiple points of view, which at times can be challenging. While there were parts of the story that I did really enjoy, there were others that fell short. I have read positive, negative, and kind of in the middle reviews on this book, so its definitely for some people, and not so much for others. I kind of feel like one of those people in the middle. This is supposed to be a series, so hopefully things will improve and make more sense as the series progresses. The premise is excellent so it definitely has potential to good. If you enjoy science fiction and post apocalyptic type novels, then you may want to check this out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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