Blackout by Mira Grant

Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)Blackout by Mira Grant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, no zombie clones. Even without them, this book was so good I flipped back to the beginning the moment I got to the end. I can’t stop re-reading it. It’s also the goriest, and most emotionally challenging of the three, but I guess that makes sense. Grant would want to go out with a bang, not a whimper. Or a moan. Since this book is full of zombies. It also has many other exciting things! Mad scientists (again)! Evil scientists (again)! Zombie bears! Bisexual characters! Gay characters! People of colour! It’s so exciting to read a novel populated by a variety of characters. Especially when the things that set them apart from the mainstream are presented as completely normal, just rating a casual mention. As if the non-white and non-heterosexual are an integral part of society. What a novel idea.

I’m very impressed with the way Grant wove the different books in this series together. Confusing things that happened in the first book get explained in the second, events that took place in the first two are shown in a completely new light in the third. As if Grant had the trilogy in her head in its entirety before she started writing. Perhaps she did. I have no idea how one creates a story this complex. Some of the issues are solved by having a couple of characters be extravagantly wealthy; you don’t have to worry about getting money for food while you’re off the grid if someone is happy to bankroll your flee from rogue government agencies. It’s always helpful to be close friends with the heir to a pharmaceutical behemoth.

Grant doesn’t answer all the ethical questions she poses in Feed, but she does offer a handy tip on choosing between right and wrong: “If you’re ever in a position to be making calls on right and wrong that can impact an entire nation, run your decisions by a six-year-old. If they look at you in horror and tell you you’re getting coal in your stocking for the rest of your life, you should probably reconsider your course of action. Unless you want to be remembered as a monster, in which case, knock yourself out.” (561) We should put more small children on ethics committees.

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