Some good old zombie fiction next…
Blackout by Mira Grant
Page Count: 574 Genre: Fiction (Sci-fi/Horror) Time taken: 7 days (Sat 13/10/12 – Fri 19/10/12) Sessions: 5 morning, 5 afternoon, 3 evening, 2 night.
This is the third and final instalment in this series. A fantastic series about life after the zombie apocalypse as told by some journalists in the 2040s. The plague or the “rising” hits in 2014 when a cure for cancer mixes with an untested cure for the common cold and creates a super virus that everyone seems to carry, which brings people back from the dead. Humans have survived, just, but now live in a time where the world is split into secure places where you can still live, where you are tested to get in and out of buildings, towns, areas and even cars, and killed immediately if you are found positive for an amplified virus. People bathe in a weak bleach solution, and no-one is completely safe.
This book was better than the second, a good way to end the series, with plenty of twists and turns throughout the book. The zombies are a small part of the plot, with government cover ups, conspiracies and pseudo science taking up most of the book. Although the dialogue is a little cliched and corny at times, this is a good fast paced book, and I really enjoyed it, and liked the characters enough to care what was happening.
If you haven’t read this series – a warning – lots of spoilers coming!
Georgia and Shaun Mason, two adopted orphans from the Rising, are journalists and Irwins (names after Steve Irwin as they like to poke Zombies, like he liked to poke dangerous animals…). Their website – After the End Times, was chosen to cover the lead up to the election by Senator Ryman, and uncovered a huge conspiracy, killing Georgia in the process.
They then uncover a bigger conspiracy at the CDC in the second book, when joined by a doctor who faked her own death, who then ends up dying… and then things get worse.
In the third book we see what’s left of the gang running for their lives, leaving a trail of destruction and trying to uncover the truth. We also see Georgia, she’s back as a clone, and is part of a plot to uncover conspiracies, lies and deception within the CDC as well, whilst trying to find Shaun and convince her friends that she is real (ish). The Government are keeping the truth from people, some people are immune… and whilst there is no cure for KA, things aren’t as they seem…
The cloning aspect of this book was interesting on an ethical and moral level, and to a certain extent on a philosophical level, although it never gets too deep. The science, whilst far fetched and probably not very accurate is good enough to believe for the sake of the plot. I really enjoyed this series, a little different and of course, I always enjoy a good zombie story!
Next on the list: Countdown by Mira Grant