Monday, October 12, 2015

Book Report: The Three and Day Four

 I'm not even sure these are technically part of a series.  Like, is Day Four really a sequel to The Three? I don't see how.  I read them in that order bc duh, but I can see reading them backwards, or even reading either one without the other.

Regardless.  I got Three by Sarah Lotz from the library right before we left for Greece and I literally COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. It's all written as a book within a book, if that makes sense, short chapters told from various points of view, sort of as 'found footage' but with books.  It was so good!!! It was just creepy enough to creep me the hell out, but not so scary that I couldn't read it into the wee hours of the morning.  Man, vacation books are just the best, aren't they?!?! Greece will forever be linked with this for me.

I think Lotz is an absolute BRILLIANT writer.  I don't know what sort of genre you'd put this in- supernatural? Horror? Creeptastic? Whatever, it's worth a read, seriously.  The writing is to die for, the story was fabulous, and the religious cult parts- you KNOW how much I love religious cult stories.


Lol, I just cut and pasted my initial review and I basically said exactly the same things I said above, except I started out with "I don't even really know what it was about or what happened, but man did I love every SINGLE word." Sounds like me.

From the back of the book:  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...

But yall, that summary doesn't even BEGIN to get into this book.  Like, at all.  It was so good!!! And also, creepy little robot Hiro and his creepy cousin and her creepy hacker boyfriend? BEST CHARACTERS EVER.  Followed closely by Pam's self righteous 'friend' whose name has escaped me.  Perfectly written, that poor woman.

Just go read it!! It's so good!!!

Then there was Day Four, which I didn't love AS MUCH, but still tore thru in about two days.  My initial reviewI don't quite know what to think about this one. It was good? Not as good as The Three. It kept me interested and creeped me the fuck out, but it was just missing something that The Three had. But what? Who knows. Know this (lol) though- I'll never take a fricking cruise EVER. I did love the end, when she switched to the 'found documents' type writing she used for The Three. Why couldn't she do that for the whole book? Guess she didn't wanna be repetitive, but I'd say that's her niche- those parts were BRILLIANT.

So yeah.  I preferred The Three, but honestly, Day Four wasn't a waste of time.  I had to pay for it, and I did it without thinking twice, and I have ZERO regrets, and if you know me (heart eyes emoji for libraries 4 EV AH) that's a pretty serious endorsement.  In fact, I loved Three so much that I shelled out the thirteen bucks for Four even before I'd finished it, bc the wifi was spotty in Greece and I wanted to make sure it got downloaded before I finished Three so I could literally turn the last page of Three and then the first page of Four, without even getting up to pee.

Yes, Three was THAT good!!!
From the back of the bookFour planes. Three survivors. One message. It seemed like the end of the world... but it wasn't. This, however, just might be.

The extraordinary, unforgettable sequel to THE THREE - perfect for fans of The Shining Girls, The Passage and Lost.

Four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon. All they have to do is wait.

That is, until the toilets stop working and the food begins to run out. When the body of a woman is discovered in her cabin the passengers start to panic. There's a murderer on board the Beautiful Dreamer... and maybe something worse.

Four was much more straightforward, if that makes any sense.  Beginning, middle, end.  The end was the best part, but the whole thing was very enjoyable.  Although, again, I'm not TOTALLY sure what happened at the end.  I get where they went when they landed and how they got back, that was easy, but I wasn't totally clear on the baby? Anyone else read this and have any ideas? I guess it was a child, not a baby.  But still.

So, take home message? GO READ THESE BOOKS!!! Then come back so we can talk about how cool they are. 

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