A solid ending to a solid series. I think that I liked it more than Deadline, but less than Feed, owing entirely to one thing: George.
Yup, she’s back. Literally the last thing that happens in Deadline gets fleshed out (heh) in Blackout as we alternate once again between Shaun’s and Georgia’s viewpoints. It’s fairly obvious what’s happened (and a neat extension of what we already know about the zombie virus), but that doesn’t mean I was still rooting for her nevertheless.
That being said, her being back complicates Shaun’s situation somewhat. He’s not any less crazy and as odd as it sounds, his underlings are still just dealing with it. What's more, it's made explicit here that Georgia and Shaun have been sleeping together. I get it, and they're adopted rather than blood siblings, but it still feels a little off.
Other than that, it’s a solid conclusion to the series. We finally learn who the big bads are–although it’s not a huge twist. We get a few more complications with the zombie virus with several nice showdowns across the country. The ending is less ‘they all lived happily ever after’ and more ‘we may just survive this’, but given the events of the stories, that’s good enough for me. At least it’s not a cliffhanger like Deadline…
Overall, great book, great series. Not quite on my list of favorites ever, but I’m glad I read it.