Have The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse come to start Judgement Day, are the survivors of the crashes just miracles, or something more? That is the argument surging in the novel The Three.

AUTHOR: Sarah Lotz
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
H/BACK: 468 Pages
RRP: £14.99
ISBN: 978-1-444-77036-0

They’re here … The boy. The boy watch the boy watch the dead people oh Lordy there’s so many … They’re coming for me now. We’re all going soon. All of us. Pastor Len warn them that the boy he’s not to??–
The last words of Pamela May Donald (1961 – 2012)

Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe.

There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world.

The message is a warning.

Written as a series of interviews, taped conversions and internet chat room conversations, The Three follows the events in England, America, Japan and South Africa after four planes crash simultaneously,  the only survivors being three young children. The book follows the events from the crashes until the climatic ending. Are the children just lucky to survive, are they messengers sent to welcome the end of days, or even something not entirely of this world?

I really loved this novel, the fact that it is written from different peoples view points (a bit like World War Z) means that you get the story from all sides a little bit at a time. This means you steadily get drawn into the story as tensions slowly rise. The details about each crash are disturbingly realist, and at the same time beautifully described, especially the haunting Aokigahara Forest in Japan where many people go to commit suicide.

The plot of four devastating plane crashes is on its own an intriguing one, but then mix in elements of paranoia and the supernatural and it makes an even more brilliant novel. The events that unfold are quite frightening to read, but that is due to the fact that they are believable and you could easily see them happening. The various characters are realist, as are the different ways in which they act as they story unfolds.

I think this is definitely a book to re-read a couple of times so that you can pick up on things that you may have missed the importance of early on.

An excellent if very disturbing novel that still had me thinking about it long after I had finished it. Read it now!


Rating: 5/5
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