To ask other readers questions about Blackout , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 14, Paromjit rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-fiction , thriller , mystery. This is a thought provoking debut thriller which bleakly and realistically depicts the meltdown of the world as we know it when a hacker attack instigates a power blackout in Europe.
On a cold dark winter's night in Milan Pietro Manzano is thrown out of his car as traffic lights no longer work and the electricity grid collapses. A former hacker, Manzano joins the efforts of those entrusted to restore power and tries to chase down who is behind it. To his dismay, his past has turned him into a pr This is a thought provoking debut thriller which bleakly and realistically depicts the meltdown of the world as we know it when a hacker attack instigates a power blackout in Europe. To his dismay, his past has turned him into a prime suspect which forces him to go on the run with the Paris based American journalist, Shannon, in a desperate race to get the power switched back on and prevent a global catastrophe.
Initially people respond positively and well to the situation but it does not take long before all this changes. It is a real eye opener to read just how much of modern society's infrastructure is completely reliant on power. The seeds of unrest are sown as people become cold and hungry, and tragedies become inevitable. Nuclear power stations begin to pose dangers amidst other grave concerns.
Manzano and Shannon solidify as their relationship begins to develop. They become closer and more united, at the beginning things were more fraught between them. There is real tension and suspense as they frantically try to ensure power returns as escalating horrors take place as politicians prove to be ineffectual in their responses and corporations become more self serving. This is a fast paced read that forensically examines and homes in on our reliance of power as the darkness begins to take hold.
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It does not seem that far fetched in its detailed descriptions of daily miseries that people have to face. The best part of the book is how it captures the unravelling of a contemporary society facing a tidal wave of incidents and tragedies accumulating. The story outlines just how vulnerable the world is with regard to its dependence on power, it's enough to make anyone paranoid. Some of the characters are a little too distant and emotionally closed for me but I liked the central characters of Pietro and Shannon.
An apocalyptic read that is sure to make people think. View all 24 comments. Aug 26, Zoeytron rated it really liked it Shelves: public-library. Smart cars, smart TVs, smart phones. Has it ever crossed your mind that our society has become rather too dependent on these things?
Shoot, those phones have practically taken root and grown to the hands of millions of users. There are few things that cannot be done on smart phones. For those of you who do your banking, your shopping, and everything else with those gadgets, you are about to be dead in the water. Blackout presents a frightening look at what happens when the power grids collapse o Smart cars, smart TVs, smart phones.
Blackout presents a frightening look at what happens when the power grids collapse on an international level. Make a quick wish for some good ol' cash money, a simple flashlight, and maybe a bicycle. You are going to need them. View all 14 comments. Jun 21, Carol added it Shelves: fiction , disaster , e-galley. We depend on it, yet we take it for granted, electricity. In my head I can hear the sound I make when I lose power, the dread I feel that it could be hours or even days without, and the elation I feel when I hear the whir of my home coming back to life.
I still remember the Northeast Blackout of November , when my neck of the woods suffered an outage for thirteen hours. Though awful just for the magnitude of this event things can and have gotten worse. Living in the country brings new challenges when we lose power, sometimes for days. Water and toilets become the big issues. I rarely complain about the cost of electricity. I hate to live without it but love to read disaster fiction when the scenario presented is plausible yet still only happening on paper in the imagination of a good author. You know how that is. Then the few hours become a day, then two, and then…What was at first a nuisance becomes devastating.
As time goes by your world without power becomes a nightmare. The community that initially was all willing to pitch in and help, sharing food, and other commodities, now must focus on their own survival and that of their families. Blackout is this and so much more. What begins as a simple power outage in Eastern Europe soon becomes the shutdown of electric grids across much of the world. In the first days the US, Russia and China are up and running. As is the norm the US is doing all they can to provide aid, but soon they too go dark.
No one has prepared for the reality of this meltdown. Marc Elsberg begins his award winning Science Book of the Year" entertainment in Germany in with a singular event that soon is seen to be a deliberate plot against all of us. He interweaves the science and technology with the strategy of the leaders of key countries as they seek solutions. There is reference to looting, to bedlam and more we can imagine. At first the narrative device of telling the story in POV from the Eastern European bloc, quickly moving back and forth between these, was making it difficult to keep things straight.
Along with the usual acknowledgements Elsberg has included an afterword with enlightening information about his research and reaction to his fictional work. Be certain to read this. These references provided further thought and additional reading material. Blackout was first published in Germany and was released June 6th in the US.
Edelweiss, Sourcebooks and Author, Marc Elsberg granted me the opportunity to read an advance copy. View all 31 comments. Blackout is banging — a cool, surreal techno thriller that imagines societies reaction to a Europe wide blackout — and follows hacker Manzano as well as other characters as he races to find those responsible and restore order to the chaos. Thought provoking and utterly riveting — Recommended for fans of socially current thrillers.
How come this book has such high notes? I find it pretty boring. There are absolutely no surprises or moments of terror. I haven't connected with a single character nor felt sorry for people suffering. The dialogues are dumb as heck.
What was the most interesting part are the technical specifications of power plants whether they were true or not. I got this book through a radio contest, so at least I haven't paid for it, but before the contest I had a chance to listen to the interview with Marc How come this book has such high notes? I got this book through a radio contest, so at least I haven't paid for it, but before the contest I had a chance to listen to the interview with Marc Elsberg and it was so interesting I got curious of his book.
How come an interview is more interesting than a book itself? Why do one need almost pages to tell such a dull story? I do NOT recommend it with all my heart or at least I do not recommend reading it in Polish because I strongly suspect the translation ruined anything good that was in this book. View all 8 comments. May 13, Celia rated it really liked it. What would happen if a group of terrorists orchestrated a successful strike at the technology that operates all electric and nuclear power sources in Europe, causing its power grid to crash?
That is the premise of Blackout, and frankly, this book is almost terrifying to read because you realize that such a scenario maybe not on such a large scale might just be plausible. Elsberg very deftly goes from the blackout to the horrifying consequences that can be the result of just a few days without What would happen if a group of terrorists orchestrated a successful strike at the technology that operates all electric and nuclear power sources in Europe, causing its power grid to crash?
Elsberg very deftly goes from the blackout to the horrifying consequences that can be the result of just a few days without power -- and that is just the beginning of this story full of disasters and twists that result in a book that is hard to put down. Can Piero Manzano, a former hacker who has offered his assistance but is also seen as a potential suspect because of his background and skills , gain the affected nations' trust and find out what's behind the attacks before all of the affected areas become ground zero? I recommend this book because it really drives home the point of how reliant we are on computers and electricity, and the disastrous consequences of a long-term outage.
Are you prepared? I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Dec 06, Glen rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction. Thanks to NetGalley for access to this book. The power goes out all over Europe, causing all sorts of hardships. No one can figure out how it's happening, except one hacker and the reporter he finds.
The two go on the run, as nobody believes them, and such knowledge is dangerous. Very good disaster movie type soap opera with a lot of tension, though it seems very European in prose style. The premise for this book is great, a Europe-wide black-out in a clever and well-planned act of terrorism. We are desperately dependent on electricity for our lives to function. Without it, there is no water out the tap, it's not possible to fill your car with gas because the pumps won't function and you can't pay with your credit card.
The food in the fridge goes bad, there is no way to cook what you have anyway unless you have access to fire and coal. So absolutely, a book of the calamity th The premise for this book is great, a Europe-wide black-out in a clever and well-planned act of terrorism. So absolutely, a book of the calamity that ensues when framework for our modern world disintegrates, fantastic.
The execution does not live up to expectations though. Evidently this author hasn't heard of "show, don't tell". There are endless political meetings. The book is at least twice as long as it needs to be. There is no hint of the perpetrators until almost half of this pages long book has passed. The characters are okay, the main one being the Italian hacker Manzano, who quickly ends up as a suspect. Calling this a thriller is going a bit a far. It's definitely an end-of-the-world scenario, but it could have been told better. It definitely was an eye-opener on our dependency on electricity.
However, the plot really did not need pages. Half would have been more than enough. May 16, Pamela rated it did not like it Shelves: yuck-bleh-arrgh. This book started with a great premise and a "thriller" promise. It failed to deliver on both counts. Although the premise is interesting, the execution was dismally boring. There is NO thrilling action whatsoever. Instead of employing the "show not tell" narrative writing technique, the author repeatedly told the effects of a power grid meltdown over and over ad nauseam.
Therefore, there was little propelling the plot forward. The book could easily have been trimmed. The author skipped around t This book started with a great premise and a "thriller" promise. The author skipped around to various cities and countries, all reporting the same malfunctioning of generators and power structures. The characters were shallow and non dimensional, except for one man who was not developed The perpetrators were not introduced until after the halfway point.
By that time, I didn't care. The tedium was painful and disappointing. I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When the power suddenly goes out, everyone thinks it is a temporary power cut and that electricity will soon be restored. As the hours and days go on however it soon becomes clear that something much more sinister is going on.
Working with those in charge of restoring the power Manzano, a former hacker, must try to unravel the mystery and try to find out who is responsible. Due to his background suspicion soon turns to him as the power continues to stays off and panic begins to set in. On the st When the power suddenly goes out, everyone thinks it is a temporary power cut and that electricity will soon be restored. On the streets there is unrest as people go hungry, cold and start to die. On the run and determined to clear his name, Manzano must find out what happened and catch the terrorists involved before it is too late.
I found the subject matter of this novel utterly fascinating. I had no idea that so many every day things used electricity and how reliant on it we are. This book has caused a lot of great conversations with my friends and family particularly my husband who as a hardware engineer knew a little about it.
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What most struck me was how realistic it was. This could actually happen which is a terrifying thought and helps to add an air of foreboding to be novel. I found myself thinking what would I do and would I act like that? There is a lot of technical terminology mentioned in the book but it is done in a way that ensures the reader understands it. When it gets a bit complicated it is normally being explained to a character which doesn't have much knowledge of computers which means it is easy to follow.
I felt that they went on a huge journey together which changed them for the better. At first they seemed to just be looking out for their own interests but they soon realise that they need to work together and form a partnership which was great to read about. They are contrasted perfectly with some of the more corporate characters who were hard to warm to as they seem more concerned with their own well being and the rules then others. As a reader you will go through a range of emotions whilst reading this book. There are huge highs when things go well and some very poignant and heartbreaking moments at the worst points of the blackout.
Some of these scenes will stay with me for a long time. There are a couple of reason why this isn't quite 5 stars for me. The first is that you are introduced to a lot of characters quite quickly which makes it difficult to keep track of all of them and what part of the story they are from. It could maybe have done with a character list so you could quickly remind yourself. The second is that I felt a little let down by the ending.
It was a good way to finish and very realistic but the pace slowed down a lot towards the end which made it harder to finish. Neither of these impacted hugely on my overall enjoyment of this book though and I will be recommending it to everyone as I found it very interesting. I think it would be a great bookclub book as there is lots to discuss. It should perhaps be mandatory reading for those in power to try and stop it happening in real life!
If you like fast paced thrillers that make you think try this book! May 31, Kathi Defranc rated it really liked it. What a story of international disaster.. And then it starts the same way in the USA, in England, and on and on. You really do not think of all that can happen if a power grid fails, and with everything on a computer did you think of what 'hackers' can do?!
This story is right out of something that could definitely happen today. The author does a wonderf Wow The author does a wonderful job, he obviously did his research as noted in all the companies we are introduced to, in different countries with differing standards. I took awhile reading this, as I wanted to understand all I read, but I never lost any interest as the excitement and suspense increased!
A very good book that can scare you to tears, if you pay attention and think of what could happen today!! My thanks to Netgalley, the author Marc Elsberg , and publisher Sourcebooks Landmark for a copy of this book from which I could give my unbiased opinion. Jun 02, Book Him Danno rated it it was ok. 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.
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 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. Blackout was a fast-paced read with an interesting premise but ultimately didn't work for me. When the power goes out one night, no one thinks anything of it and they simply wait for it to come back. However it soon becomes clear that something is wrong. The power grid across Europe never comes back online and any attempts to restore it, fail.
When former hacker Piero Manzano begins investigating the cause of the outages, he turns his findings over to the authorities. Unfortunately they don't bel Blackout was a fast-paced read with an interesting premise but ultimately didn't work for me. Unfortunately they don't believe him and soon begin to look at him as the prime suspect. Now on the run with CNN reporter Lauren Shannon, the two are on a desperate search for the real culprits before it's too late. Throughout the book we follow several different story lines of the different agencies investigating what happened as well as the events at different power companies attempting to restore power.
The story moved through the different events fairly quickly with chapters of varying lengths. The plot around what happened wasn't necessarily hard to follow but the constant shift to different events did make things a bit confusing. There are roughly half a dozen characters with a few others popping up occasionally. The main focus of the story is with Piero, or the Italian as he is frequently called, as well as with Lauren a reporter covering the blackout.
I had the same problem with the large cast of characters as I did with the multiple plot lines and found it confusing to try and keep track of everyone and what role they played. We get short snippets from those behind the blackouts but I never felt their sections really added anything to the story. Overall, the multiple story lines and large cast of characters caused too much confusion and the book didn't work for me.
I received this ARC from netgalley. From the book description, "When the lights go out one night, no one panics. Not yet. The lights always come back on soon, don't they? Surely it's a glitch, a storm, a malfunction. But something seems strange about this night. Across Europe, controllers watch in disbelief as electrical grids collapse. But I felt it was a bit too much and dull. It was interesting enough describing how daily functions break down, a dairy farmer who can't manually milk cows fast enough, but again I felt the information was over done.
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Oct 13, Roxann rated it liked it Shelves: suspense , thriller , goodreads-giveaway. From the cover: One night, the lights go out across Europe. As threats to the United States start to emerge, he goes on the run with a young Am From the cover: One night, the lights go out across Europe. I received this book free from Goodreads Giveaway. The plot of the book is interesting-the electrical grids collapse across Europe and the US.
Characters were ok, in the sense that I really didn't identify with them, but they played out their parts. Intense thriller about what might happen if the lights were to go out and everything that we rely on turned off May 30, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: , netgalley , 4-star-reviews. A terrifying but gripping electrical outage disaster, one that is hard to forget. Hackers have infiltrated the interconnected electrical grid software through smart meters.
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