Blackout – Mira Grant

Synopsis: The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.

The year was 2039. The world didn’t end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. They uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.

Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there’s one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it’s this:

Things can always get worse.

“She turned to face the glass, a smile on her face, zombies looming up hard and fast behind her. We couldn’t hear them moaning anymore, or the sound her gun made when it hit the ground. She raised her free hand in a perfect pageant wave, seemingly oblivious to the hands reaching out to grab her hair. Then she went over backward, vanishing into the teeming river of infected flesh.”

In my review for Deadline from last month, I mentioned how difficult it was for me to write while avoiding ALL THE SPOILERS!!! Well, fuck. This is the third book & what a grand finale it is! Which makes this review that much harder to write.

I will say that I fucking loved Blackout! So goddamn much. This was my absolute favorite in the trilogy! Whatever issues I had with the previous book, this installment fixed them & surpassed any expectations of how I thought this would end. This was a truly brilliant ending to what is such a fascinating series.

In 2014, we cured cancer & the common cold. However, the two viruses developed to end these illnesses combined in a drastic way & formed the Kellis-Amberlee virus. This virus is fucking deadly & will attack any mammal over a certain size. What happens when this virus takes over? Zombies, of course!

A few years go by & the virus stops spreading. Sure, much of the land is inhabitable & a shit ton of people have died, but life goes on living. We as a species continue to exist. People are born, people die. The zombies are just a part of the regular everyday now. Bloggers have become journalists seeking the truth about the virus & government conspiracies. Revelations are uncovered, corruption is suspected, new villains are made.

That’s just a quick summary because damn. The Newsflesh trilogy is.. complicated. It defies assumptions of your typical zombie story. It’s this amalgamation of horror/zombie/medical/political/thriller. There are mad scientists, clones, bloggers that are journalists, government conspiracies, MOTHERFUCKING ZOMBIE BEARS!! It’s brilliantly bonkers & truthfully, probably not that far off from actually happening.

“It’s been happening more and more often. Just those little moments where something slips, and it becomes possible, for one beautiful, horrible moment, to lie to myself about the world. I won’t pretend that I mind them, or that I’m sorry when they end. I also won’t pretend that I’m not afraid.”

That I read these final books in this series while the real world is currently burning down around us in a dumpster fire has not been lost on me. As if my brain subconsciously grabbed for this story in a time of need. An eerie, yet almost therapeutic coincidence.

“Rise up while you can..”

Seanan McGuire is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! I just want to ram all of her 4893782 books into my skull!

-Holly

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