Blackout

Robison E Wells, Author
Robison Wells. HarperTeen, $17.99 (432p) ISBN 978-0-06-202612-5
Paperback - 426 pages - 978-0-06-231120-7
Paperback - 448 pages - 978-0-06-202613-2
Ebook - 448 pages - 978-0-06-223331-8
Book - 978-0-06-228042-8
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Wells (Variant) knows how to snare readers’ attention and hold them spellbound. In this unnerving thriller, he ingeniously connects the stories of four teens—all afflicted with a bizarre virus that has given them powers ranging from super-strength and invisibility to mind control—who live in an America under siege by terrorists intent on taking out the country’s landmarks, power grids, and populace. The catch? The terrorists are also teenagers infected with the same virus. The army is forced to round up the nation’s youth for testing and quarantine, making it difficult to distinguish friend from foe. Wells allows the intensity of the story and the heart and soul of each character to shine through. He doesn’t overcomplicate matters with lengthy explanations or political background, and instead lets the teens take center stage: Jack and Aubrey, who just want to stay together and stay alive; Alec and Laura, who are full of vengeance and hate. There is no shortage of white-knuckle action or eyebrow-raising violence—fans of Wells’s earlier work won’t be disappointed. Ages 13–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (Oct.)
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