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Blackout

What began with Feed and continued with Deadline, now concludes with Blackout. Oh, and there’s Countdown, a novella that goes back to the origins of the zombie plague. And another titled San Diego 2014, which takes place during Comic-Con. Seems like Grant is hardly finished with this world!

There is a fun piece on the Orbit website, in which the author is interviewed by Seanan McGuire. Um, yes. Mira Grant is Seanan McGuire’s pseudonym…

GRANT, Mira. Blackout. Bk. 3. 574p. (Newsflesh Trilogy). Orbit. 2012. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-1-84149-900-0.  Blackout e1343338618356 Blackout

Adult/High School–Readers who have followed this trilogy from the beginning will be relieved to find that Georgia Mason is 97% resurrected and back in action. In this final book, set in 2041, death by zombie is less a threat for the After the End Time bloggers than death by assassination by the Center for Disease Control. The pace picks up with Georgia and Shaun Mason alternating narration as each one uncovers parts of the horrific conspiracy that keeps the Kellis-Amberlee virus alive and deadly. In each of the three books, the tension has a different timbre: Feed (2010) is bloody and edgy, while Deadline (2011, both Orbit) is darkly taut. Blackout has the spiraling, out-of-control terror of an impending collision. The “Newsflesh Trilogy” has tremendous appeal for older teens who enjoy a combination of science and action, with an overlay of forbidden romance throughout. It’s possible to start with the final volume, despite the many resolutions to the storyline. Most likely it will whet readers’ appetites for more. Fortunately for fans, Grant published a prequel novella, Countdown (2011). It takes readers back in time to the earliest developments that led to the virus and introduces characters who figure largely in the trilogy. There is always the chance that more bits of the story will yet emerge from Grant, as readers will certainly wonder what happens to these familiar characters next.–Diane Colson, Palm Harbor Library, FL

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Angela Carstensen About Angela Carstensen

Angela Carstensen is Head Librarian and an Upper School Librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City. Angela served on the Alex Awards committee for four years, chairing the 2008 committee, and chaired the first YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adult committee in 2009. Recently, she edited Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation (ALA Editions, 2011). Contact her via Twitter @AngeReads.

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