The Three, a novel by Sarah Lotz (2015)

We all have our own kinds of things that we fear. It might sometimes even be completely unfounded or irrational. Something that no matter how many people tell you to get over it, your mind still refuses to accept. For me it is the fear of flying. And it’s even more crazy when I tell you that I have never so much as set foot on a plane. I don’t even know why I have this particular phobia. Maybe it’s just the fact that when I am in a plane and it falls from the sky I pretty much end up dead. (Well, at least that’s usually the case). And yes I know it’s supposedly the safest way to travel and all that other stuff they keep telling me, but well my mind just doesn’t seem to listen. Still, I want to get over it. There are some places I really want to visit in my life, one in particular, and I won’t get there if I still refuse to go on a plane. So, next year’s goal is pretty much set. Now to work on getting there in the first place. What doesn’t help with this though is reading a book about planes falling from the sky. Yes…plural. Oh well, at least the novel was very good so there is that.

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Pamela May Donald, despite her husband’s plea not to go, decides to visit her daughter in Japan who she hasn’t seen in quite a while. Once the plane that is supposed to take her to her daughter is in the air, she is beginning to have some doubts about whether or not she is really doing the right thing by going. These doubts turn into horror, when the plane begins to rock and shake and crashes to the ground. But apparently three other passenger jets have also plumetted from the sky at almost the same time, just on different places across the world. This day of horror will go down in history as Black Thursday. It doesn’t just end with the planecrashes though. Three children have survived and don’t seem to be hurt in any way. Another survivor is Pamela, although she is minutes away from dying. With the time left to her she is still able to record a voice message. After her death the message is found and played back. It’s a warning….and a dire one at that. One that will have severe consequences and will change the world forever.

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This is actually the second time that I have read this novel. The first time was quite a while back. So why read it a second time? Well, because I finally want to get started on the sequel for this and I wanted to refresh my memory. Now let me start of by saying that this is not a normal novel. In fact it’s a very unique one. Except for the opening and closing chapters, this novel is a book within a book. Confused? Yeah I thought you might be, so let me explain. This book contains a novel written by a fictional character called Elspeth Martins. Now Elspeth has within her book collected interviews, newspaper articles, skype conversations, even text messages from all the events that occurred right after Black Thursday. For example we get to hear from rescue workers that arrived just after the crashes, but the most important interviews are the ones with the family members of the three children that survived. Because as might be expected there is something very strange going on.

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I loved the way this book was written. It is very unique, and it makes for a very interesting read. The family members that I just previously mentioned get the custody over these children. And through these interviews we get to hear how their lives as well as the lives of the children progress. But even more compelling is what is happening in the rest of the world. Some people think the end of the world is nigh, and that these three young survivors are the horsemen of the apocalypse. Others think that aliens have landed. The way this book deals with that is very realistically. You have various fanatical people that are trying to gain control and are causing more and more people to flock to their cause. Through radio broadcasts, and interviews with some of the people that are in the inner circle of these groups we get a good sense of the paronia that is slowly taking control of the world. It becomes ever more creepy, and one of the most intersting things is the fact that you are constantly trying to guess what is real, and what is not.

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I also realise that the style of this book won’t be for everyone. It’s not a traditional novel, and in that way you don’t really get to form a bond with the characters in this book in the way that you normally would. But what you do get to experience is how some of them turn from normal ordinary people into complete and utter madness. And that was one of the most chilling aspects that this novel offers. For me it was a truly compelling read and one that I liked even better now, than the first time that I read it. Sarah truly has a seriously cool style of writing that is very hard to put down. There were a few moments where the book slowed down a bit, but for the most part it was a real pageturner and one I highly recommend checking out if you want to read something that is different from the normal books that you read. I really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to finally get started on the sequel: Day Four.

I give The Three a 9 out of 10 score.

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48 thoughts on “The Three, a novel by Sarah Lotz (2015)”

    1. Thank you so much! It really was a very unique read, and I will let you know about the sequel as soon as I have finished it: this is the next book I will be reading 😊
      My vacation is sadly almost over, but it’s definitely not been bad. My health is okay luckily too, very sweet of you to ask: thank you so much😘❤️ How are you doing, hopefully all is going well with you?😊

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  1. Hmmm… Somewhere you want to visit… 🤔🤔… Japan? Korea?.. You live so close to so many places, it’s hard to think of somewhere you’d have to take a plane!! (… LUCKY!!)
    This book sounds amazing! For once YOU’VE sold ME on a book!…. Now I’ll just have to figure out when I actually have time for it! 😉

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    1. See….I KNEW you were going to do this: so totally not suprised at this comment in any way😂😂 Yeah…good question….which place would I want to visit….🤔🤔 You SO know what that place is: tease! 😘❤️
      Ooooh…well that IS a first, me selling you on a book. (Makes note in journal: today marks the day that I convinced Nicole about reading a book 😂😂😂).

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊😊 This really was a truly terrific and highly original book. I really enjoyed reading it, as it’s something that I haven’t really come across before. Hope that if you check it out at some point you will enjoy it too 😊

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  2. Flying is not so much scary as cramped and uncomfortable, unless you can afford 1st class of course. I would rather drive and take a ship! And I’m not even scared of flying!! I am thinking of getting this book on my kindle as am off on holiday in a week or so and will need a good read.

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    1. Haha, well I can probably afford 1st class, but yeah I know I would be really scared when it would be my first time entering a plane. Oh well…first time for everything I suppose 😊
      It really is a great read, well at least for me it was. Hope you will enjoy it as well! 😊😊

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  3. This does sound really different, and makes me wish I did put aside more time for reading. I will add it to my Amazon wish list, as 9/10 is impressive indeed. **Update** Just bought a used hardback copy, for £2.80. Great deal!

    I am not really afraid of flying. I was once in an emergency (more of a crash) landing in the Soviet Union, and didn’t even realise, until the plane hit the ground with no wheels down! My bum hurt for a week. (Aeroflot, no English announcements then…) But is is really boring, especially long-haul. And try never to sit anywhere near babies or toddlers, or you WILL be sorry.

    Most airlines run ‘Fear of Flying courses, Michel. One of my work colleagues went on one a long while back. Here is the British Airways course, as an example.
    https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/travel-assistance/flying-with-confidence
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. It really was a book unlike anything that I have read before. The premise alone was very good to start with, but the way she wrote this was very unique 😊And wow, that really IS a great deal, especially since it’s a hardback edition. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
      Really? I think if that were to happen on my first flight I probably would be cured of ever entering a plane again 😂😂 I will keep your advice in mind though! 😊
      And that is probably one of the things I will be going to enter: one of those courses. Thanks very much for the link, and may I say it’s awesome to see a comment from you here! 😊

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  4. Thanks so much for a great review. I also have a phobia of flying after many flights in the past. As I get a bit older I am starting to care less as my family would pick up the insurance money if the inevitable happens 😂 This sounds like a great read and I am really hoping it is available on Audible so I can start it ASAP. Great review as always.

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    1. Thank YOU for taking the time to write another great comment😊Haha, yeah I really do want to get over this. There are a lot of places in the world that I otherwise would never be able to get to, and that really makes it worth it, to get over it 😊
      It really was a very good, and highly unique book, and one that I enjoyed quite a lot! I hope you are able to get it as well, and have just as much fun reading it as I did. Thank you again! 😊

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  5. I was a little surprised to see you write a novel review, but I loved reading this. I’m also planning on writing book reviews because reading novels is one of my hobbies. It just doesn’t get shown on my blog as much. Plus I think it’s great to expand the scope of the topics we blog about! This book sounds really unique and you gave it a really high rating! Wow. 😀

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    1. Thank you so much Rose: glad to hear you enjoyed reading this post😊 I love reading myself, but lately I have been pretty busy with some other hobbies (I just have way too many of them 😂). It’s actually not the first book review that I have written actually, so I hope to get back do doing more of these. It really was a very unique read and I highly recommend it 😊

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  6. A book within a book, sounds interesting 😀 I like when books have that sort of reporting/accounts style, with first hand accounts and news reports and articles. It makes the story seem more real, even if the impossible happens in the book, like giant bugs taking over the world (which happened the last visual novel I read) 🙂
    Great review, the story sounds really exciting 🙂 Hope you reach your goal of flying and that you enjoy the sequel 😀

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    1. It really was very interesting indeed, and I have to say it’s definitely one of the most original novels that I have read in quite a while. I really enjoyed this. Sometimes you get books that have a few of these things in them. But I have never seen a book that is completely made up by these. Lol…and that visual novel sounds pretty interesting I have to say 😊
      Thanks as always for the kind words, and I will try and see if I can reach that goal. As for the sequel, that is a “normal” novel, so I’m pretty interested to see if that one will be just as good 🤔😊

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  7. I’m such a wimp I don’t even like going over tall bridges or standing on high ladders. But good luck reaching your goal!!

    Also, seeing the cover or main images three times in each image is the best sort of subliminal advertising!

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    1. Haha, well trust me, I’m not very good with those kinds of things either 😅😅 But we will see if I am going to reach my goal or…wimp out lol😂
      Lol, well it’s a bit harder to make images of book reviews so had to do something to “liven” up the post so to speak 😊😊

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  8. Wow. Sounds really interesting. Definitely going in my list. BTW if you want to conquer your fear of airplanes reading this kind of stuff won’t help. And word of advice if you are scared of flying never watch air crash investigations. The show is great. But you start suspecting every little sound and event in an airplane. As usual really great post!

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    1. Thank you so much, and for another amazing comment 😊😊 This really was a highly unusual, but very interesting read that I really enjoyed😊
      Haha…yeah, it probably isn’t the best thing to read if you are afraid of flying. I do know that show, and even seen it a few times, but yeah…that doesn’t do much good for conquering my fear either 😂😂

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  9. I do hope you’ll get the chance to face your fears and enjoy the trip that comes with it! 😉 Awesome review as always, it definitely sounds unique and I do love a well-done story written differently like this one. A collection of different sources definitely makes it particular, but there’s that suspense to it that makes you want to have all the information possible and know what happens hahah

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    1. Yeah, this one was one of the more unique books that I have been reading in quite a while, and I highly enjoyed it. It’s a really well written novel, and it almost felt real in some way if that makes sense to you 😊
      Haha…yeah I hope so too. I will try to conquer my fears next year, that’s for sure. Else I will never get anywhere 😊😊

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  10. The best way to get over a phobia, is to delve deeply into it. So basically, take this book, in a flight, and read it while on a plane.
    I know, sounds crazy. But that’s the best way, hope for the best and be ready for the worst. 🙂
    By the way, am hosting a Blogathon, for this month, do check it out!!

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    1. It was definitely a great read, and highly original as well. I also know this won’t be a book for everyone, but I thought it was an amazing read.
      I’m currently reading the sequel: which is a traditional novel, and so far it’s been a great read as well 😊😊

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