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Jun 28, 2015 12:40PM

45884 Linda wrote: "..I had the impression of one of those cult camps and Pastor Len was going to turn in to Jim Jones type of character..."

Yeah, I think he was headed that way!
Jun 28, 2015 12:37PM

45884 Linda wrote: " I discounted that thought because of Pam's relationship that she had with God, in the movie those black creatures were demons and Pam was Godly. ..."

They could have been hanging around for the souls of the other passengers.☺ MAYBE?
May 29, 2015 05:45PM

45884 Okay, I have one last question.

Where did Elsbeth Martins go?

I recall that the editor made some comment about the last thing heard from her, before she disappeared.
May 29, 2015 05:23PM

45884 This book could be frustrating because my speculation about the children was addressed only by speculation by the book's characters themselves. The final answer is still left up to the reader. A unique ending.

I also thought its method of forwarding the plot with testimonials, newspaper articles, and official reports, instead of storytelling was unique.

A good book club discussion piece.
May 29, 2015 05:04PM

45884 Much of the religious aspect was presented through egotistical religious extremists, with hatred of minority groups as part of thier twist, to force conformity.

But don't forget there were members of the congregation that had decent values. They recognized that Len was going off the deep end and stopped participating in his meetings. They took care of their community members, even the sinners!
May 29, 2015 04:56PM

45884 Michelle wrote: "Is there a book for June or is the next one July?"

July has been chosen, however.

It will be You by Caroline Kepnes.
May 29, 2015 04:41PM

45884 Janice wrote: "I just had a thought come crashing in. If they take over a body at the time of death, maybe Chiyoko is dead. She and Ryu presumably went into the forest to commit suicide. Maybe she was possessed at the time of her death. It would explain why they never found her body. It would explain the inconsistencies in personality. She could be giving Elsbeth what she wanted - answers. I guess you could explain away the pregnancy in that the entity accepts the body in its current state (which is why Jess had burns). ..."

I LIKE IT! That would mean Ryu was not deceived. That they were both truly in love. That, in the Forest of Trees, a doppelganger really was speaking through the android in her cabin . I LIKE IT!
May 29, 2015 04:29PM

45884 Janice wrote: "I can't decide if they are aliens that take over the bodies of the dead, or if they are ghosts that possess the bodies of the dead...."

Funny I immediately dismissed the messengers from God theory, could not buy the alien theory, but am willing to accept the ghost scenario.

Remember the comment from Chiyoko that spirits remove their shoes before entering heaven so as not to track mud in?...and therefore infers why you see no feet on the dark figures.
May 29, 2015 04:18PM

45884 Debra wrote: "Yeah, Michelle I do think Ryu was definitely deceived by the Ice Princess. She was the frumpy one... am I right? ..."

Yeah but that was his and his internet friend's mistake. When Ryu finally met the real girl, he didn't care. He felt that they were soul mates, had so much in common, talked for hours, etc.

The Ice Princess may have been a much better actor than Paul!
May 29, 2015 04:11PM

45884 Janice wrote: "I found it interesting that Elsbeth had perceptions of what people looked like, and then when she met them in person, they were very different. ..."

Elsbeth becomes just as unreliable a witness as the witnesses she presents. She does seem to lead us around to her liking a bit. She admits later to editing some of the statements that were made. Could she have removed things we may have wanted to know? Near the end she keeps apologizing to Sam, who apparently questioned her motives in releasing the book as sensationalism.
May 29, 2015 04:04PM

45884 Sharon wrote: "Turns out that Chiyoko really was an Ice Princess, poor Ryu - that was definitely a one-sided relationship! ..."

But you know, I don't really feel sorry for Ryu. He got out of his room, developed extremely supportive internet friends, successfully found his love, and never really had to experience the truth about her cold ways.
May 29, 2015 03:47PM

45884 This seems like such an odd section in the division of the book. Things start out with Ryu and Chiyoko actually getting together and Bobby's family doing well. Paul sinking into madness. Kenneth found.

But a few paragraphs later Bobby's dead from an automobile accident, Hiro and family are murdered, Ryu and Chiyoko apparently commit suicide, Paul stabs Jess to death trying to remove an alien chip from her body. Kenneth is declared a fraud. AND inexplicably Pastor Len's congregation is dead instead of launching an army. (You are right Sharon, I also would have liked a bit more information about how the Sannah County Massacre went down.)

Here's my thought: They were killed by those high-level preachers and the election winner. (I can't remember their names.) That way they could start their own "Army for Morality" and Len would get none of the credit. After all they had already stolen the Horsemen of the Apocalypse from him!

I experienced a bit of a mental jolt when editor's notes were presented way before the book's finish. That's when I was reminded that I was reading a book inside the book: From Crash to Conspiracy by Elspeth Martins.
May 29, 2015 03:25PM

45884 Wonder what the pastor is up to, apparently building a fortress and training an army.

Some people are contemplating killing The Three, but they are starting to sound too deranged to make this proposal reasonable, even though the children do seem threatening.
May 29, 2015 12:52PM

45884 Janice wrote: "I missed Larissa's original question..."

Actually it got moved from one of the earlier segments, because she meant to post here instead.
May 28, 2015 02:57PM

45884 I can't decide about the children. Sometimes they seem to be doing good things, but I just can't seem to trust them. We never actually hear from them, just reports about them from often unreliable sources.

Who are they?
May 28, 2015 02:49PM

45884 Janice wrote: "There's lots of foreshadowing, but nothing specific. If it wasn't for the fact that we know that something happens to Paul, that Jess dies, that the Japanese girl (can't think of her name) and Ryu disappear is there anything really sinister about the story. ..."

I had to backtrack a bit on these incidents. The author/narrator vaguely references "shame what happened" to Paul or Jess, or mentions something happened "before Ryu and Chiyoko disappeared". Thought that I had dozed through something and missed some action, only to find out that the circumstances had yet to be told.
May 28, 2015 12:57PM

45884 Sharon wrote: "I looked it up and yes it IS a real place! I didn't realise until you mentioned it, Larissa!"

Larissa, I often look up things from books that I am reading when I get the feeling the reference might be true. It never occurred to me that this might be a real place. Odd thing for a student of yours to know.

Thanks Sharon, for the link to Aokigahara, also known as the Suicide Forest.
May 28, 2015 12:47PM

45884 Not feeling good about androids. That they are very lifelike and copies of the original humans is pretty unsettling.

Of course the children are starting to look as though they are copies as well.

Yeah Debra, I thought Gone was a reference to The Left Behind series also.
May 28, 2015 12:43PM

45884 Larissa wrote:

"What the heck was with that ending??? Did the "children" (aliens???) make the crash from Ch1 happen multiple times until it went the way they wanted?? In one version, there is no recording, and in another version there is?? I swear these kids are like Children of the Corn!
May 28, 2015 08:56AM

45884 Debra wrote: "Almeta wrote: "Just read about Stephen at the end of the bed asking "How could you let that thing in?" You guys mentioned it in the previous section and had me confused."


No real spoiler, since it happened right away in Part Three.
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