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BLACKOUT by Robison Wells


by Robison Wells

Age Range: 13 - 18

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-202612-5
Publisher: HarperTeen

Wells’ new novel brings home all the uncertainty and fear that comes from the threat of modern warfare waged with terror.

Life in small-town Utah is relatively simple for Aubrey, Nicole and Jack. Fitting in, being popular and getting by are their priorities, until the night of the homecoming dance. They’ve heard about the terrorist attacks being carried out across the country, but nothing has prepared them for the mass roundup of all teens by the U.S. military. A virus has been discovered, leaving some teens with superpowers. Aubrey can become invisible, Jack can read minds, and Nicole can make everyone like her. Some teens were infected on purpose, evaluated for their powers and trained to carry out terrorist attacks designed to bring America to its knees. The government is now fighting back, quarantining all teens to identify those with powers that can be used to establish a new line of defense. But can they really be effective as a defense if they can’t tell who among their friends and co-workers is really working for the other side? Wells clues readers in, though, keeping tension high. While the end brings the immediate episode to a conclusion of sorts, more and bigger conflicts loom.

In a world where terrorism is an increasing threat, this fast-paced book brings it home. (Thriller. 13 & up)