Book Review: The Three by Sarah Lotz

The Three by Sarah Lotz

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication Date: May 20, 2014 (first published 2014)

Edition: Hardcover, 471 pages

Genre: Horror, Suspense, Mystery

Rating: 4/5

Those were some creepy ass kids that pull chills down my spine. I mean, damn! What was up with them!?


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…

This was another book that I was hooked onto as soon as I started reading. Unlike the previous horror novel I just read, Bird Box, which kept me hooked with its suspense, this book kept me hooked because of the story itself. This is definitely a horror novel, no argue there, but it didn’t really scare me or build up the suspense of what was coming next like some horror novels do. This definitely creeped me out in many moments and gave me the heeby-jeebies quite a lot, but I just was hooked on the story itself, and kept wanting to know more about these children.

The Three is essentially a book within a book. Meaning we the readers are actually reading a book put together by journalist after the plan crash happened. This consists of interviews, e-mails, documents, and records, with various people who have different connections to three children who survived the plane crash. This in my opinion, fit the novel perfectly. It gives you different points of view of what was going on, and as the interviews, documents, and everything go along, it slowly and teasingly, reveals to you bits of information about the children and plane crash. Those subtle little hints and clues that are dropped along the way, and reading how the characters are slowly changing and being affected over time – it’s just like trying solve a mystery. And the mystery of what the deal is with these creepy ass kids hooked me in.

The only potential downfall for this book is the ending. Just the TV show LOST, which was about survivors of a plane crash too, you are going to hate it immediately or are going to need to think about it a little more and appreciate it, because it really does the bring the whole story full circle. At first I did not like the ending at all, and would have given this a 3 rating because of it, but I sat and thought about the ending a little more… and it all made sense, and I thought it was awesome. This is one of these books where after you finish, you could easily go back a reread it with a whole new perspective on what was going, and pick up on things you hadn’t even noticed before.

If you one of those people who like the ending to be completely definite, with no questions left… then you may want to stay away from this, BUT I would  really suggest that you check this out anyways.

Please leave some comments below about what you thought of this book, and e-mail me (to prevent spoilers for others) with your theories and opinions of the ending and those creeps ass kids.


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