- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3034 KB
- Print Length: 182 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: New Heroes Media; 1 edition (19 Jun. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L5DUS2G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,069,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Blackout (Darkness Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I got my copy when it was first released for free, so for a freebie I should probably rate it higher...
But the fact that it had no real climax or resolution at the end to purposely draw you into buying the next books, has just left me thinking I can't be bothered to wait around or pay for a 2nd installment. It's a shame really because it had some really good parts, but just misses the mark for me.
I found it difficult to identify with Star, at least the way Phoenix sees her and I wish that the story had been told using alternating POV’s which would have allowed the reader to get inside her mind.
It truly says something about a book when, despite all the hectic things going on in your life -your busy schedule, work, kids, writing, whatever it may be – you make time for the novel. You invest in it, and savour it.
I read this in less than three days, which always means I enjoyed the book. A book that is read in that time for me, is good. And not just good, but addictive. I want to know more. I can't leave it alone.
I even read this book while I was eating dinner.
That's how much it hooked me.
The concept of Blackout isn't really new, but the details were unique. The whole dystopia, end of the world, YA type novel isn't anything we haven't seen before. But I'm a sucker for a good one. And this book is like the Hunger Games meets a very soft non-alien-infested Pitch Black. It has hints of other stories I've read, and films I've seen that focus on the post-apocalyptic society: the injustice, the conspiracies, the dictatorship that is only just hidden by a 'we're in this together' bulls*** smoke-screen. This novel is no different. And yet, it is.
I loved it.
The characters were undeniably some of the best I've read in a while. And to make a change, the POV was in the head of a male, named Phoenix. Now when I first read the description I nearly scoffed. “Phoenix Troublefield? Are you kidding me?” But in the first few chapters I began to understand the odd names. Star, Phoenix, Blaze, Wick. All the names of the DZ's (a.k.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
This is the first book in the trilogy, but I found that it doesn't really come to any kind of conclusion - leaving you to buy the next book to find out what happens next. I typically don't read trilogies for that reason - it just seems like a marketing ploy to get you to buy more books. I get that. I was hopeful that book one would come to some kind of conclusion, but it doesn't.
The plot has enough mystery to keep you guessing, but I found some weaknesses in the story. No electricity for decades, but as soon as you are exposed to it you know how to use mobile phones and social media (including typing) like you've been doing it all your life? Really? Okay, perhaps in the post-electric world you found an manual typewriter and learned to type - maybe. I don't get why no one from the south didn't try crossing to the north during while the wall was being constructed.
Overall I did not like the story. You can't really call it a romance story and there really wasn't much romance to it. It seems to be more about unrequited love. Also, it's got a similar theme as in the Hunger Games, but no where near the level of writing. There's not much dialog in the story. The story unfolds from Phoenix's point of view, and most of it is about what he is thinking.
I'm not going to bother with the other books in the trilogy. The book left me with an "I don't really care" feeling when I finished it. Perhaps younger readers will get more out of the book than I did.
I have to agree with other reviews... it seems like half a book. I understand it's part of a trilogy but its seriously lacking some type of resolution. The last part of the book basically is a rephrasing of the previous "Part I" ending. The second part of the NOVELLA was ended abruptly.
Phoenix at times came off as intelligent and strong, but then his "great and undying love" for Star made his character act in idiotic ways it seemed so out of character.
Star seemed smart in that she seemed to get that in order to win she had to fake it. Her persona, et cetra every and anything she stands for. The only negative thing I have to say about her is not a fault of hers but Phoenix's. Seriously though Phoenix, do you or do you NOT want to win?
And Lastly Electra. The only character, it seems, I liked.
I would price this at $1.99. Wouldn't buy it for more unless there were more plot points, conflicts and resolution. That is still possible even if it's part of a series.
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