The Three Sarah Lotz

The Three by Sarah Lotz


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 planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. There doesn’t seem to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters, a single child is the sole survivor. Dubbed “the three” by the press, these “miracle children” achieve international celebrity. Things take a dark turn when a fanatical preacher starts insisting that the young survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse.

As the children’s behavior grows increasingly disturbing, even their loved ones start to suspect there could be some truth behind the conspiracy theory. And when a survivor from the fourth accident is found, deadly alliances are formed and it becomes ever more difficult- and dangerous -to decipher the truth.

The Three
Sarah Lotz
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication: May 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Mystery, Speculative Fiction, “Horror” 
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Rated: ★★½

The Three by Sara Lotz

A friend showed me this book when it first came out, and the premise seemed incredibly interesting. I bought it, but never got around to reading it until I was on a plane ride to Portland. I found it on my kindle and thought how morbidly appropriate it would be to start it right then and there. Many plane rides later, I still could not get into The Three. It wasn’t until the 40% mark where it finally got interesting and made me want to finish it to find out exactly what was going to happen.

The concept is amazing. Four plane mysterious plane crashes, 3 known child survivors, 1 mysterious voicemail. Characters were well defined and each held their own. That should have been riveting enough to make this a book you pick up and can’t put down until you finish it. However, the incredibly slow build due to the unusual narrative format of stringing together various expositions served only as a deterrent. Everything was so far removed from the actual characters and action that I could not care about their fates or how the story unfolded. It would have been nicer to actually spend time with each of the families and see how their lives were impacted by the incident and how the children had “changed.”

If you manage to stick with the novel through the midway point, the story will finally pick up. The families begin to crack, as does the façade of the three survivors. Varying factions will battle to get to their version of the truth and push their own agendas to the forefront. As it’s told, the reader is left with all of this circumstantial evidence and left to pick a theory they believe. It’s easy, therefore, to see why the masses made certain decisions. In that respect, the reporter/document snippets style of writing really works.

It’s a good, solid read, but I won’t be reading the follow-up, Day Four, any time soon.

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