A review by C J Dee
Format: Paperback, 469 pages [excluding acknowledgements]
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
On the day that will become known as Black Thursday, four passenger planes crash on four different continents. Four people survive. Three of the survivors are children and the fourth lives just long enough to record a message. A message that will change the world as we know it.
When I began to read The Three I noted that it is written in a similar style to World War Z, a book I did not much care for at all (it only scored two stars). However, I was pleasantly surprised by The Three.
Among the eye witness accounts there are newspaper articles, recorded transcripts and letters. Each section is well-written with a unique point of view. When the characters and aspects of the disaster and its aftermath are revisited, the sections reveal a little bit more each time.
The three children are fascinating and their evolution throughout the novel is skilfully executed. The characters’ whose lives are affected by The Three react in a variety of ways and all feel genuine.
The only criticism I can provide is regarding the very last section. I feel it was an unnecessary addition to what could have been a fantastic ending.
Despite this, I found The Three to be an enjoyable story with a great variety of characters. If you enjoy strange stories with interesting twists then add The Three to your TBR pile.