Four planes, in four different places around the world, crash almost simultaneously. The only survivors are three children, who are nearly uninjured; they should be dead. When a mysterious message from one of the dying passengers is discovered, people start to question their survival. What did she mean by watch the boy and warn them? Warn who about what?
An American minister sees this as a sign of the end of the world. He connects the children to the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. If so, where is the survivor of the fourth crash? Others claim that the children are aliens, that the real kids died and were replaced by beings from another planet. One thing is for sure, the children no longer act like their former selves. Was this the result of the trauma they’ve suffered or something supernatural?
|This guy would be head of the Alien Theorists|
Elspeth presents her research as she found it without much commentary but what she reveals has a profound effect on world events. What the reader discovers is how everything unravelled after the plane crashes, and what happened to the survivors. Those kids were super creepy. No wonder they freaked everyone out.
The way The Three is written reminds me a lot of how Dracula was told. Stoker used technology (the wax recorder, Mina’s typewritten transcripts) to tell the story and similarly so does Lotz. For the most part I enjoyed this but I found the transcripts from the chat room clunky and distracting. I wanted to skip those parts. Of all the ways the story is told I thought that was the most disconnected from the reader.
If you are looking for tidy endings, you’re not going to find them here. I still don’t know what I read. I have some theories and I’d love to share them but I’m going to have to find a safe non-spoilery place to discuss them.
I highly recommend The Three if you want a creepy read that will keep you guessing.
Thanks to Little, Brown and Company via NetGalley for the review copy.