Author: Marc Elsberg
Stars: 2 star out of 5
Blackout was translated into English from German and while I had high hopes this book would be as it is described it fell flat. The author goes into lot of detail about the electrical grid in Europe that takes up way too much times bring the book to a complete and utter stop. 800 page story that could have been told 400 pages or even less.
The story\ thriller\Mystery gets lost in the details of meetings, how would cars work and cities function and how life would come to a stand still unable to move if terrorist took down the electrical grid. Instead of a fast pace story readers are bombarded with information overload.
Endless details of what happened in meetings. Readers need less tell and more show to move this type of story along.
I couldn't find myself as a reader rooting for one character. They were beyond flat and lifeless just like the 800 Pages in this book.
This story could have been told in half those pages if not less making it a much more thriller story and less punishment to read.
Received Advance Copy from Netgalley.
One night, the lights go out across Europe. The electrical grids collapse on an epic scale and unleash a devastating chaos in the total blackout. And unbeknownst to the general population, nuclear reactors are starting to overheat…
When a former hacker and activist who knows a thing or two about infiltrating networks starts investigating the cause of this disaster, he soon becomes a prime suspect. As threats to the United States start to emerge, he goes on the run with a young American reporter based in Paris, racing desperately to turn the lights back on. Because if they stay off, tomorrow may be too late.
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark
(first published March 19th 2012)
About The Author:
Marc was born in Vienna, Austria. After 20 years as a creative in advertising in Austria and Germany Marc turned into a bestselling novelist. His thrillers BLACKOUT and ZERO were translated to more than a dozen languages and sold million copies worldwide. His new thriller HELIX is out now (2016, German and Polish editions, more to come). BLACKOUT and ZERO were awarded "Science Book of the Year" (category entertainment) in Germany in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The books also made Marc an sought-after speaker and dialogue partner for business and politics. Currently he lives and works (mainly) in Vienna, Austria.