Blackout by Meredith McCardle
Seventeen-year-old Amanda Obermann (code name: Iris) has more on her mind than usual. As a member of a covert government organization called the Annum Guard, which travels through time to keep history on track, Iris has been getting some particularly stressful assignments. Plus, Jane Bonner, the Guard’s iron-fisted new leader, seems determined to make life as hard as possible. Thankfully, Iris has Abe (code name: Blue), her boyfriend and fellow Guardian, who listens to her vent—and helps her cope with her mentally ill mother’s increasingly erratic behavior.
When Guardians start to disappear on their assignments, Iris makes a terrifying discovery: a “blackout” squad is targeting anyone who gets in the way of a corrupt force that’s selling out both the Annum Guard’s missions and Guardian lives. Together, Iris and Blue must go undercover to untangle the Guard’s elaborate web of secrets and lies. But when Iris discovers that the terrible truth may involve her own father, a former Guardian undone by his own greed, she must decide how much she’s willing to risk to rescue her friends…and how dangerous the consequences will be for all of humanity.
Iris and her teammates are trying to adjust to a new leader and the upheaval of their team in the wake of the traumatic events in the last book. But when one of their teammates goes missing on assignment, Iris makes it her personal mission to discover the truth behind Blackout and where the missing agents are.
Blackout is the second installment in the Annum Guard series. With plenty of intrigue, teen angst, mystery, and suspense – this sequel is another exciting story that builds to an unpredictable outcome. The characters being named after colors is too confusing for me. I wish there were fewer of them or a cast of characters to keep them straight. The finale builds to a climactic conclusion with an incredible cliffhanger ending. The sequel can’t come soon enough, as I’m not sure how the author can straighten out how things left off.