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Blackout (Darkness Trilogy Book 1) by [Henry, Madeleine]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,069,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bit of a mixed bag for me really, starts off a bit slow and robotic, not a lot of depth. But the storyline picked up and was easily readable. I did enjoy the idea, but to be honest it was lacking a strength that is easily found in many apocalyptic dystopian efforts.
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.
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A good solid story line and detailed world building makes this a book to add to your summer reading list.

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.
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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.

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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.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 66 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Probably better suited to young adult readers 11 July 2014
By Kantw8 - Published on Amazon.com
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Think Hunger Games meets Maze Runner. Clearly this was written for the younger readers, so adults may not like it that well (I didn't). There is an intriguing plot - those on the north side of the "Frontier" (wall) have electricity, and those on the south side don't but would do just about anything to get it. I found the two main characters to be somewhat shallow. Phoenix seems mostly wimpy, while Star remains a bit of a mystery throughout the book. You don't learn that much about her in book one. Maybe her character gets developed more in the next book.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars $4.99? Are you sure that's right? 14 July 2014
By ryolee - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay so I'm being quite generous with the 3 star rating but I did enjoy it... for the most part.

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.

Character wise;

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more? Sure...but that is because it isn't a complete story on its own 13 July 2014
By Mike and Kathie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was good. The characters and premise interesting enough. It starts a bit slow, and I have hard time understanding why the lead character keeps coming back to a girl who, as written, lacks any real depth (she is very one dimensional, very weak, the kind of girl we all hope our daughters are not - with the exception of her compassion). About the time that you feel like the author is finally getting past the "scene-setting" and starting the story, it is over. This book is book one of a trilogy, but it does not stand on its own as a complete story. It is part one of story that will apparently take three books to finish. A good trilogy should have three good stories that stand alone but are better, or tell a bigger story, together. I was really disappointed- and by the time the next books are out, I will have forgotten this one.
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for book 2 because it just ENDED in the middle of an action...... 7 Aug. 2014
By Winona Yvette - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have given it 5 stars BUT it just ENDED right in the middle of something....I actually loved the book. At first I couldn't figure out where it was going. But once it got going....wow....I LOVED it. And then it just ENDED....I was so very upset because I was extremely "into" what was happening. So I IMMEDIATELY went online to buy the next one....but it's not available. *sigh*
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ! 16 Oct. 2014
By Trisha - Published on Amazon.com
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People have pretty much covered the details of the story. All I can add is it's one of the best reads I've read in a long time and I can't wait for book 2 to come out. Madeleine Henry and I follow each other on Twitter and I asked her when part 2 was coming out and she tweeted to me that the next book called "Blindness" will be out in June of 2015 , for those of you who are wondering. She said she had just finished writing the Prologue and first chapter of it. This was several months ago so I am sure she is much farther along by now. She says to expect the biggest twist yet! I for one can't wait. June seems so far away , wish it was sooner but I realize it takes time to write a book, lol!
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