Blackout by Robison Wells is a fun read. While it is aimed at the YA audience, I believe older readers will enjoy it as well. The premise is that a virus is giving children super powers. Some of those kids belong to a terrorist organization (who if they aren’t behind the virus at least know enough to take advantage of it) and they wreak havoc. In some ways this book is along the same vein as Steelheart.
The action is fun and the theme of terror resonates with our present political climate. Wells raises a lot of question as the story progresses and by the end, those that have been answered raise new and more intriguing questions. It’s a fun book, give it a try.
I’m currently in the middle of reading Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson and will post a review when I’m done. I will say this, if you like epic fantasy, you won’t want to miss out on Radiance. I enjoyed the Way of Kings, quite a bit and so far Words of Radiance has been even better.
This brings me to Sanderson’s Steelheart which is a fun post apocalyptic story where the superheros are evil. Steelheart, is the main villain who is supposedly invulnerable and the main character knows his weakness. A group known as the Reckoners fights and kills these evil superheros, if they can.
This quotation from the description it what sucked me in to getting the novel:
My name is David Charleston. I’m not one of the Reckoners, but I intend to join them. I have something they need. Something precious, something incredible. Not an object, but an experience. I know his secret.
I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.
Sanderson includes a number of twists and turns and I found the ending very satisfying. If you’ve never read one of his books, this is a good introduction.
After twenty years of war, the Hunwei left suddenly. Many called it a victory, few believed that they would return.
When the war between the Hunwei and the humans ceased without warning, not many people had survived. Those survivors lost much of the technology that had been commonplace in their society, sending them back to the dark ages. More than a thousand years later, when most thought the Hunwei to be a myth, Adar believed that the Hunwei would return and resume the fight. Adar and his reluctant son Jorad continued to search for a way to defend their people. This time, without that technology, there will be nothing standing between them and the entire capture or destruction of the human race.
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