I have to apologise for the spoiler contained in the review of Deadline. It can be incredibly difficult to review a book when an event that is so integral to the story happens. It’s almost impossible to allude to, rather than be able to mention it. That being said, I try very hard not to use spoilers and didn’t think to put a warning (there is one now). Lesson learned!
The sneak peak at the end of Deadline had my jaw dropping and luckily I had Blackout to dive straight into. If I’d had to wait, I think I might have imploded. This book was the perfect closing to the trilogy for many reasons. We got to see just how deep the conspiracy ran, the reasoning behind it all… in short, the Truth that Georgia and Shaun Mason had been searching for. It cost a lot to get there, some might say too much, but Shaun’s tenacity is like an unstoppable force.
The pace of the story of all three books were perfectly measured to me. In Feed it started slowly and gained speed, in Deadline it increased to a nail-biting run, and finally, in Blackout it was an edge of your seat, can’t-put-it-down-until-I’ve-finished-it full sprint. It suited the story really well and there was no wasted time.
There was more ground covered in this book than the previous two, the characters often being separated because of need and it was interesting having the point of view switching around quite a bit. It was never confusing, however, as to who was ‘speaking’. The little snippets of blog entries also let you know how other characters were feeling, be that happy, angry or sad.
There are so many emotional punches just waiting to pounce on you throughout the story. The biggest one, I won’t mention, but you will instantly know what I mean when you start reading. It floored me and made me both happy and sad. Along with that the characters accompanying Shaun were brilliant and well written, as important to the story as Shaun himself. There was one moment that made me shout ‘I knew it!’ after having suspicions formed from the previous novels. It also made me very happy!
As each revelation came, I got more and more shocked at just what was going on and how people were both capable and felt justified in their actions. It harks back to other atrocities in our history, where people in a position of power thought they were right in doing what they did. But this is so much more. Shaun wanted the truth… and the truth is more terrifying than I could have imagined.
This is an amazing series and if you even remotely like a conspiracy thriller with a dose of zombies, then this is for you. You do need to read them in order though, so start with Book 1, Feed.
Rise up… and read it!