I would like to thank Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for the ARC of “Blackout” by Marc Elsberg for my honest review. The genres of this novel are Mystery, Thriller, General Fiction(Adult).
Although this novel is written as fiction, the author gives us a taste of reality where it is very possible that hackers could take over all computer systems internationally and cause havoc, disaster, destruction and collapse of society as we know it.
I found the first half of the novel a little slow moving with involved information of computer technology, grids, nuclear energy and the governmental controls.In the first part of the story, there are “Blackouts” that occur throughout Europe, and the scenes are pretty much the same. The second half of the novel was intense where we discover the “who” and motivations involved. There are chases, murder and adventure in this part of the novel.
As the “Blackouts” spread to the United States, there is lots of tension, riots, and fighting.
The characters are complex and complicated.
This is an intriguing fictional novel that almost crosses the line into what can be a devastating reality.
A terrifyingly plausible, million-copy selling debut about an international blackout perpetrated by a hacker attack.
One night, the lights go out across Europe. The electrical grids collapse on an epic scale and unleash a devastating chaos in the total blackout. And unbeknownst to the general population, nuclear reactors are starting to overheat…When a former hacker and activist who knows a thing or two about infiltrating networks starts investigating the cause of this disaster, he soon becomes a prime suspect. As threats to the United States start to emerge, he goes on the run with a young American reporter based in Paris, racing desperately to turn the lights back on. Because if they stay off, tomorrow may be too late.