Summary: 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…
The reason I decided to read this book is because I went to an event where Sarah Lotz read an extract and then spoke about the book and I instantly knew it was something I wanted to read. I am so glad for that event as without it, I don’t know that I would have heard about this book that was such a unique and incredible read that I thoroughly enjoyed. This book is like a little hidden gem; the reason that I wanted to start blogging about books in the first place.
This book is a book that is full of mystery that really entices your curiosity. It lays lots of information at your feet and then leaves it for you to decide and I really liked that about this book. But what really caught my attention is the way in which this book is set up. It is not told with a linear timeline and a few protagonists on a journey. No, instead this book reads like a non-fiction book reporting on an event from many angles. It’s hard to describe but it works so well to make this story both exciting and intriging. It was the perfect stlye for this books storyline.
There are so many different characters in this book as it jumps from one to the next, exploring how those three children survived and what their lives were like afterwards. But despite that, the character development was so good. All the characters felt realistic and I loved reading about them – especially the returning ones. My favourite characters by far were Paul and Lillian. I thought they were both really interesting and fascination to read about. I also loved Jess, Bobby, and Hiro and how creepy they came across as. Sarah has managed to create a very believable world with this book!
I thought this book was stunning. It took me a while to read but it was so worth it in the end. It is nothing like what I was expecting and nothing like anything I’ve ever read before. It was addictive, informative and really mysterious. It is a book that makes you think and to come up with your own conclusions. There are so many reasons as to why I loved this book and I truly cannot wait for the next one to come out! So if you’re looking for a book that is incredible, unique, mysterious, and very intense then you should definitely read this book as soon as you can!