Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Three by Sarah Lotz

by:  Sarah Lotz
published by:  Little Brown and Co.
publish date:  May 20, 2014

The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents.  With terrorist attacks and environmental factors ruled out, there doesn't appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.  Dubbed 'The Three' by the international press, the children all exhibit disturbing behavioral problems, presumably caused by the horror they lived through and the unrelenting press attention. This attention becomes more than just intrusive when a rapture cult led by a charismatic evangelical minister insists that the survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse. The Three are forced to go into hiding, but as the children's behavior becomes increasingly disturbing, even their guardians begin to question their miraculous survival...

This was a really strange book.  I didn't particularly care for it.  It probably would have ended up as a DNF but I was being really lazy and it was too much work to find a different audiobook.  So I listened to the whole thing.  It stayed steadily strange throughout.

These four planes go down around the world and there are 3 child survivors.  Why aren't there 4?  I don't know.  The child survivors become increasingly bizarre, bordering on evil.  However, only their caretakers notice this strange behavior.  Everyone else is worshiping them, thinking they're miraculous creatures or that they're the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  Eventually, the true nature of the children and why they survived comes out to the reader, and it's weird.  

While I didn't particularly care for a lot of the story, I did like how it was told.  It's told through an author collecting stories for a book.  I liked that method.  It gave a lot of viewpoints without getting confusing.  Would I recommend this book?  I don't know, maybe to someone that likes their books really out there.  

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