Tim Curran is pretty cool dude. No, I do not know him personally but I do know that his books are wicked fun. When I got a copy of “Blackout,” his forthcoming novella from DarkFuse, I knew that it would have to be rushed right to the top of my “to be read” pile. I dug into the story and soon found myself transported into another world of terror and adventure as only Curran can write it.
It was just another peaceful and somewhat boring day in the suburbs. The neighbors had come together for a cook out and superficial talk before once more disbanding into their own little worlds of their homes. Everyone knew everyone in the neighborhood and anything outside of the norm was cause for gossip. Everything was right in the world until the darkness came.
As the neighborhood is shaken by thunder and lit up by lightening, tentacles begin to fall from the sky and snatch away the unwary residents of the town. Things get even worse when the sky goes dark. Jon wakes up to find his wife missing and that the familiar world of Piccamore Way has been transformed into a nightmare. When he ventures outside, he soon discovers that the world is not a nightmare because there is no way he could have every dreamed anything this terrible. Now he must band together with his neighbors to try and survive the night and hope that the sun will rise in the morning.
After reading “Blackout,” I think I have a new favorite book by Tim Curran. Quite simply, “Blackout” rocks. This book takes no time in getting right into the story and destroying the world as we know it in a horrific yet methodical fashion. The novella pulls no punches and wastes no pages in putting the characters through the horrors of the night that the aliens decides to quit abducting individuals and just harvest the planet wholesale. The people of Piccamore Way, who are used to living a relatively simple and methodical life, find their little slice of heaven turned into hell on Earth with no sign of salvation to be seen anywhere. As the horrors of the night grow, they soldier on even though they do not expect a happy ending. In fact, there are no happy endings here. This is not a surprise. Curran lets the reader know on the first page. If you are looking for a story in which the humans find a way to emerge triumphant over the technologically advanced race that wants to destroy them, Curran dashes that thought with the last sentence of the one paragraph first chapter. As he simply states, this novella “. . .is not that kind of story.”
“Blackout” is what you get when you have Dr. Frankenstein to combine “The Mist” by Stephen King and “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells. “Blackout” is just a very fun read about a very bad night that could be the extinction of the species. Curran lets the reader know that this may have happened before and may happen again. I do not know about all of that. All I know is that “Blackout” is one hell of a ride and one of the most fun books that I have read in a while.
I would like to thank DarkFuse and NetGalley for this advance review copy. “Blackout” is scheduled to be released in August and is available for preorder now.