Saturday, June 21, 2014

Review: Blackout (Darkness Trilogy Book 1) by: Madeleine Henry

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Blackout (Darkness Trilogy Book 1) by [Henry, Madeleine]Title: Blackout (Darkness Trilogy Book 1)
Published:  June 21, 2014
Genres: dystopian, young adult
Format: eBook
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One wall divides life from darkness. After the worldwide Blackout, America built a concrete wall--the Frontier--across the middle of the nation to isolate its precious electricity in the top half. Everyone below the Frontier was forsaken, and now only a few survive in the grim region known as the Dark Zone.
Sixteen year old Phoenix Troublefield endures the dark with his girlfriend, Star Windsong. When America announces that it will trade electricity for immigrants, Phoenix and Star sacrifice themselves for the power that might save her younger brother. On the other side of the Frontier, they find America is not what they expected, and instead they are thrown into a shocking and deeply personal contest that threatens to destroy their love. When the chance comes to escape back into the Dark Zone, it may already be too late.

First let me say I love the cover of the book it is dark and makes you wonder truly what is the book about. Well we learn that the world just all of a sudden went dark. And it has been that way for years. Those that were born in the darkness have never seen light, truly. You have the Northern part of the United States which the Dark Zone (those that have no electricity) has called the Frontier or the Easies and they have electricity but how? With Blackout, we follow Phoenix and his long time best friend and girlfriend who he totally is in love with Star.

When Phoenix and Star make their rounds to visit those that live in the community they stubble across something that makes Star make a decision that will help her family. Especially her little brother and I have to say Star tugged on my hearts strings with that move. She was very selfless. And Phoenix well he can not be without Star so he joins her.

But when they go to the Frontier it is not as quite what they expected, they have to join in on a game. Which at first I was like oh no please don’t let this be like the Hunger Games. Which it is far from. Yes everyone is competing for a prize but if you don’t win you don’t die, no you have something much worse happen to you. The prize that everyone competes for is True Love. But is not what you think. There is something here that makes you wonder what is the true intentions of this contest.

There are secrets within the walls of the Frontier. And I want to find out just as much as Phoenix what is this all about. The ending left me with questions that I can’t wait for them to be answered. Blackout is a great dystopian book that will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen now. The characters are well written, especially Phoenix.

Madeleine Henry
Madeleine Henry was born and raised in New York. This spring, she graduated from Yale University and began her adult life in New York City.

Madeleine majored in psychology and wrote her senior essay on the extreme popularity of the Twilight book series. In college, she also ran a marathon and had a brief but enthusiastic stint as a stand-up comedienne.
BLACKOUT is Madeleine’s first book. Parts of the story are drawn from two weeks she spent foraging for food and water in desert Utah while enrolled in a survival skills field course. She has since recovered.