Author: Madeleine Henry
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Number of Pages: 182
Summary: One wall divides life from darkness. After the worldwide Blackout, America built a concrete wall--the Frontier--across the middle of the nation to isolate its precious electricity in the top half. Everyone below the Frontier was forsaken, and now only a few survive in the grim region known as the Dark Zone.
Sixteen year old Phoenix Troublefield endures the dark with his girlfriend, Star Windsong. When America announces that it will trade electricity for immigrants, Phoenix and Star sacrifice themselves for the power that might save her younger brother. On the other side of the Frontier, they find America is not what they expected, and instead they are thrown into a shocking and deeply personal contest that threatens to destroy their love. When the chance comes to escape back into the Dark Zone, it may already be too late.
Blackout is an intense and gripping novel that takes readers on a wild ride after a worldwide blackout results in the division of America.
When unexplained events leave the the world in total darkness America realizes they don't have enough electricity to support the entire country. Without warning they construct a wall dividing America in half. Electricity is restored to the northern half leaving the southern half to fend for themselves. As a result most people living in the area known as the "Dark Zone" do not survive. Phoenix and his parents are just one of 8 families left in Dark DC. Like the other survivors, they have learned to adapt to their new life. Phoenix even falls in love with a girl named Star. Phoenix and Star discover that America is offering to trade electricity for Dark Zone residents. In order to save Star's sick brother her and Phoenix agree to the trade. But, things aren't always as they appear and this seemingly generous offer has a hidden agenda. Can Phoenix and Star survive?
Blackout is absolutely riveting. The story is well organized and powerfully consuming. I liked the fast pace and numerous twists which kept me on edge. The book was so captivating that I read the entire story in one day. I anxiously await Book Two.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Blackout. Available on Amazon.
Madeleine Henry was born and raised in New York. This spring, she graduated from Yale University and began her adult life in New York City. Madeleine majored in psychology and wrote her senior essay on the extreme popularity of the Twilight book series. In college, she also ran a marathon and had a brief but enthusiastic stint as a stand-up comedienne.
BLACKOUT is Madeleine's first book. Parts of the story are drawn from two weeks she spent foraging for food and water in desert Utah while enrolled in a survival skills field course. She has since recovered.