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Homeland meets Marie Lu's Legend in Blackout, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Ally Condie called "a thrilling combination of Wells's trademark twists and terror. Fantastic!"Laura and...
Homeland meets Marie Lu's Legend in Blackout, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Ally Condie called "a thrilling combination of Wells's trademark twists and terror. Fantastic!"Laura and...
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  • Homeland meets Marie Lu's Legend in Blackout, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Ally Condie called "a thrilling combination of Wells's trademark twists and terror. Fantastic!"

    Laura and Alec are highly trained teenage terrorists. Jack and Aubrey are small-town high school students. There was no reason for their paths ever to cross. But now a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible superpowers—and all teens are being rounded up, dragged to government testing facilities, and drafted into the army to fight terrorism. Suddenly, Jack, Laura, Aubrey, and Alec find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.

About the Author-

  • Robison Wells is also the author of Blackout, Variant, and Feedback. Variant was a Publishers Weekly Best Book and a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Robison lives in the Rocky Mountains in a house not too far from elk pastures. His wife, Erin, is a better person than he will ever be, and their three kids cause mischief and/or joy.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 26, 2013
    Wells (Variant) knows how to snare readers’ attention and hold them spellbound. In this unnerving thriller, he ingeniously connects the stories of four teens—all afflicted with a bizarre virus that has given them powers ranging from super-strength and invisibility to mind control—who live in an America under siege by terrorists intent on taking out the country’s landmarks, power grids, and populace. The catch? The terrorists are also teenagers infected with the same virus. The army is forced to round up the nation’s youth for testing and quarantine, making it difficult to distinguish friend from foe. Wells allows the intensity of the story and the heart and soul of each character to shine through. He doesn’t overcomplicate matters with lengthy explanations or political background, and instead lets the teens take center stage: Jack and Aubrey, who just want to stay together and stay alive; Alec and Laura, who are full of vengeance and hate. There is no shortage of white-knuckle action or eyebrow-raising violence—fans of Wells’s earlier work won’t be disappointed. Ages 13–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger.

  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2013

    Gr 7 Up-When a virus gives teens superpowers (some more super than others) and terrorist attacks erupt across the country, the military detains all teens for testing and quarantine. Aubrey, who can become invisible (sort of), is reunited with her childhood friend Jack after having ditched him for Nicole's popular crowd, and they must decide where they stand. There's no real questioning of the government rounding up young people, performing medical tests on them, detaining them indefinitely, and essentially coercing then into military service. This should raise serious concerns, but the good (or good enough) guys are always the government, and the bad guys are always the terrorists. Their motivation is only hinted at toward the end of the book, leaving them nothing more than stock sadists. While Jack does mention options other than working with the government (like fleeing to Mexico), they're never seriously considered. Even when the government betrays them and they're wanted for supposedly double-crossing their handlers, Jack and Aubrey turn themselves in, and, after a simple confession, all misunderstandings are cleared up and the two are back on the team. This lack of ethical concerns and the required suspension of disbelief will disappoint some readers, but the threat of terrorism and a too-powerful government are highly relevant today, making this novel easy to recommend. And while the immediate action is wrapped up at the end, a shocking final line propels readers into greater conflicts for future books-where they might get more answers. A one-dimensional start with room to grow.-Gretchen Kolderup, New York Public Library

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Ally Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Matched

    "Blackout is a thrilling combination of Wells' trademark twists and terror. Fantastic!"

  • Kirkus Reviews

    "In a world where terrorism is an increasing threat, this fast-paced book brings it home."

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    "Wells knows how to snare readers' attention and hold them spellbound. There is no shortage of white-knuckle action."

  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

    "This fast-paced book will keep readers guessing."

  • Deseret News

    "Blackout offers almost non-stop action. An explosive ride of suspense, thrills and frustration."

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