The Three (The Three #1)

Book Title: The Three (The Three #1)

Author: Sarah Lotz

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks

Publication Date: February 26th 2015

Genre(s): Mystery & Thrillers, Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, General Fiction (Adult)

Pages: 480

Format Received: Paperback

Goodreads: 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 behavioural 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 behaviour becomes increasingly disturbing, even their guardians begin to question their miraculous survival… 

My Review: This novel is crazy … absolutely CRAZY and impossible to put down and have a break from.

I got so lost in it that at times due to the way it is written and laid out I was torn between believing it was fiction and then non fiction. Is it real life, is it fiction or has Sarah Lotz written something so unbelievably amazing, awesome and captivating that it’s left to the reader to decide for themselves?

It is a chilling novel and is full of notions and governmental conspiracies that had me sitting at times completely oblivious to anything around me as I was staring in to space contemplating the ‘what if?’

One final thing I will say is that this novel shows just how easy it is for that awful term ‘brainwashing’ that we see a lot of in the news these days.

About the Author: Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and novelist with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. Among other things, she writes urban horror novels under the name S.L. Grey with author Louis Greenberg; a YA pulp-fiction zombie series, Deadlands, with her daughter, Savannah, under the pseudonym Lily Herne; and quirky erotica novels with authors Helen Moffett and Paige Nick under the name Helena S. Paige. She lives in Cape Town with her family and other animals. For more information about Sarah Lotz, visit her website.

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