by Sarah Lotz
Read: July 5-July 15, 2014
Challenge: What’s in a Name
Yearly count: 32
Blurb: Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he’s right?
The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. 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…
Review: I received a copy of this book for free via NetGalley, all opinions expressed below are my own.
I originally saw this book mentioned in a Shelf Awareness email. It sounded really good and I was excited when I got the notification saying that I had been approved for a copy on NetGalley. Then I do like I seem to do with every single e-book I get … I let it sit. And sit. And sit some more. I decided it was time to clear this book off my review list and loaded it up onto my Nook and took off with it.
Now that I’ve finished this book, I’m just confused. First of all this book is billed as “horror.” To me there’s not a lick of horror in this book. I can’t even bring myself to call it creepy in any way, shape or form. I think horror fans are going to be sorely disappointed by this book.
The premise behind the book sounds really interesting. But the execution was just lacking in my opinion. I was okay with the book within a book format, but then it took a really strange turn at the end that I didn’t understand. The ending was so ambiguous and I did not like that at all.
Obviously the book wasn’t horrendous, because I finished it. But it just didn’t work for me.
2 thoughts on “2014.32 REVIEW – The Three by Sarah Lotz”
It is interesting to read your thoughts on this one as I do have it on my TBR list. Looks like I just can grab it from the library though 🙂 thanks for sharing your honest opinion!
I hate when I have to do less-than-stellar reviews, but sometimes it happens. This one has kind of mixed reviews on Goodreads, so even though it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you. I just wouldn’t recommend bumping something you want to read just to get to this one…