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(Legends of the Duskwalker #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,686 ratings  ·  309 reviews
The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.
But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantel of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.
Paperback, 421 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dan Schwent
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
When he runs into a woman and child on the run, gun-toting bounty hunter Three finds himself escorting them across a post-apocalyptic wasteland and protecting them from genetically altered warriors, brain-hackers, and the Weir, glowing-eyed ghoul-like creatures that stalk the night. Can Three stop the people following Wren and his mother and get them to safety or will they join the ranks of the undead?

Official Business: I got this print ARC from Angry Robot in exchange for reviewing it. Thank yo
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Buddy read with JennyJen, Faye and Angela. Needless to say, I am Steve Carell.

Welp. I can’t finish this. Not because I don’t want to (Jenny). Or because I quit (Angela). But because I’m a moron. My stupid digital edition of this never verified itself and so my ARC has expired and it’s now lost in the aether somewhere. I blame myself for not paying better attention. So three stars it is as I liked what I read in the hundred pages I was able to manage.

I’ve seen some other reviews for this and I f
Montzalee Wittmann
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 1
By: Jay Posey
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
This book blends some wonderful things together to make a book that was excellent listening!. A book about a seeming post-apocalyptic world with techno access. It also has "Weir" that change shape and other more fantasy aspects to this sci-fi thriller. It has a lone survivor that is different from most others and he chooses to help a mom and her kid. They too end up being very different. Three is the guys name. He is a t
Experiment BL626
The book was rude. It threw me into the mix with scant explanation. I waited and waited and when answers were finally given I didn’t understand them because the book didn’t explain what they meant. Characters would act shocked upon awareness and I would just go, “So what?”. The writing spent too much time with scene setup and barely any time with world building. I craved exposition.

For example, Weir were roaming zombie-like monsters. A competent warrior can take one down relatively easily, but t
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like intense dystopian/post apocalyptic thrillers
Recommended to Brandi by: That cover.
Shelves: male-lead

When the world of ARCs opened it's doors for me I realized something; I have a weakness for using quotes in my reviews, and really hate being without them.

The story is set in some kind of apocalyptic future, but other than that, I can't give any other background. Not because the publisher asked to keep it quiet, no, it's because there's none there. This bothered me until some 30% into it, and is a pretty big deal to me; I need to know the why of things. It was especially hard not knowing sin
Rachel the Book Harlot
4.5 Stars

I'm trying not to get a temper tantrum over certain events. But frakk, man. Even though I knew where certain aspects of the story were headed, certain things sucked all of my emotional investment and desire to continue with the series. Why, Jay Posey?! Why?!

But, despite my disappointment over certain events, the truth is that this book is really, really freaking good. Three is truly one helluva post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel. It's filled with suspense, well-drawn characters, great worl
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. The start was so dull and boring that I nearly quit around the 25% mark. I pushed on and was rewarded by this developing into an average read. It had some interesting aspects, but plenty of faults.

The World

This was set in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi future. Some unexplained event has decimated the human population. The survivors huddle in safe zones as the mysterious Weir prowl the night killing all they find. The remaining humans were all connected
Faye, la Patata

An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not alter my thoughts in any way. The following text is my opinion only.

I really, really need to stop falling for covers. I mean, look at that baby right there - isn't it just mad cool? It gives me that Assassin's Creed vibe, something that I don't really play (I gave up on the first mission...) but think is awesome nonetheless. I know, I know, there's a bit of bias, but even without my identifying it with AC, it still looks pretty
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel & it wrapped up more completely than I expected for the first of a series. As weird as the post apocalyptic world is, we slowly figure out much over the course of the novel. There were no data dumps. LOVE IT, although if you like tidy answers & everything explained, this book isn't for you. You need to read between the lines & remember the few facts that are so casually dropped. Even so, you still won't know all the answers, although I think I ...more
DNF at 21%.

I just can't anymore.

Some reasons I quit:

1. I have no idea what's going on. What kind of world this is, how it got this way; what kind of people these are, how they got this way. Where it is, when it is, how it is....I've got nothing. This is best as I can figure it.

We're in some vague science-fiction world; maybe earth, maybe some place else. Weirs populate the outside (and it took until 18%ish to get a name/idea of what they were). FYI: They're zombie like creatures with glowing bl
Luke Taylor
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: hall-of-fame
Cinematic. Visceral. Dramatic. Creative. Poignant. I can't begin to articulate how good Three is without spoiling the immersive experience. Go pick it up for yourself and dive into the stark realism of Jay Posey's world. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll set it down ready for the next one.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Thank you to NetGalley and Angry Robot for providing me with a pre-release copy of Three in exchange for an honest review. This futuristic, post-apocalyptic science fiction novel piqued my interest as soon as I saw it, and I knew even from reading its simple and brief description that I definitely had to check it out.

The story opens, introducing us to a world where society has crumbled and human activity only exists in pockets of safe zones across a devastated landscape. When the sun sets, creat
Bob Milne
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
What would happen if Mad Max were to step into the world of The Dark Tower, aided and abetted on his journey by the likes of William Gibson and Richard Matheson? Well, you'd get something very much like Jay Posey's post-apocalyptic cyberpunk thriller, simply titled Three.

This is a book that demands a lot of the reader - a lot of patience, a lot of imagination, and a lot of faith that Posey knows where he's going with it all. He simply drops us into the middle of his world and expects us to catch
Received this to review from Netgalley. I enjoy most Angry Robot books, but this one was a cut above. They normally have new and intriguing ideas, but this was a whole world that felt organic, revealed slowly, with no unnecessary detail. The whole idea of the Weir was perfect -- enough information that they were frightening, but not so much that the mystery went out of it and left them ridiculous. They're sort of zombies. High tech zombies. They're not invulnerable, and their danger isn't hyped ...more
This is a post apocalyptic, fast paced story that pulled me in from the start. Not my favorite genre but this is one of the few that I could stick with and enjoy. The characters were original and the world was believable, without being over the top, or violent every second.

A roughneck bounty hunter who keeps his secrets to himself is thrown into a position where he feels responsible for a mother and a child. They find themselves on the run from a group of miscreants that have special talents an
Nicholas Smith
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best post-apocalyptic novel I've read in the past two years. I really enjoyed the setting and Three. He was one of those guys you don't want to like, but end up liking because he's inherently good, no matter how much bad shi* he does.

The world Posey has developed is really cool, and the Weir are unlike anything I've read about. My only complaint is the lack of information on them. I suppose that was the point, but I really wanted to know more about their origin.

Milo (BOK)
The Review:

“A fun, action packed read that serves as a solid debut – I’m on board for Book Two for certain.” ~The Founding Fields

All too often, I find myself either reading or requesting a book to review purely based on its cover, and Jay Posey’s Three is certainly no exception. I mean – just look at it. Sure, it may fill the bill of a hooded-man clichéd cover, but its design really drew me in, and I was eagerly awaiting the chance to read this book.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
The moment when you read a memory which is shared with the character and you realize you both just figured it out ... at the same time.

Wow was uttered so much throughout this book my husband wondered if I was reading erotica, which I don't read (that and the squealing).

Post-Apocalyptic Fan? Pick this book up. Like books with a bleak outlook and very little hope? Pick this book up. Like books with a touch of sci-fi and make you feel cool reading them? Pick this book up. Do I sound like a fan-gir
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
What an intense ride this was. Never really let up from the first page to the last.

Not much world building or character development, but man was it exciting. The world does seem pretty interesting, from the little we're given, and I wonder if the following books delve deeper into it.

If you're looking for a fast-paced, futuristic thriller you could do a lot worse than this one
Prepare to be unplugged! This powerhouse of an apocalyptic read cannot and will not be denied!

Visit Not Yet Read for an article from Jay Posey on Post-Apocalyptic Bounty Hunting.

Three is the kind of book you pick up that refuses to be put down until finished. Tension runs high as it rushes you from action scene to action scene with just the right amount of downtime to catch your breath in between.

In this post-apocalyptic future, you must fear the Weir, monstrous once humans that roam the night w
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, reviewed, fiction
I still visit the world of Three from time to time. I feel the dry, arid landscape. I hear the rusted scrap metal banging in the cold wind as the sun begins to set. I see the glowing blue lights in the distant darkness.

I still wonder what happened. How the world ended up this way. What went wrong.

I think about Three, about Cass, and about Wren. I can picture each of them. Their demeanor. Their struggles.

I can visit this world, much like I can take a quick trip to "The Book of Eli", "I Am Legend"
Ben Babcock
Sometimes I come across stories that are so well-written but also so safe and undemanding in their tropes and structures that I'm simultaneously enchanted and bored. Three is one such story. Immediately recognizable to anyone with even a passing knowledge of post-apocalyptic stories, it nonetheless has all the hallmarks of an exciting, well-paced, thoroughly plotted novel. Jay Posey has a talent for narrative, both in the sense of the twists and turns that keep you reading, as well as the little ...more
Rebecca McNutt
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Three is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel about the adventure of a man (who is basically a killer for hire), who strangely enough decides to join a woman and her son in the desolate life they find themselves in. This book was really well-written and haunting at times, yet the main characters give the whole story a lighter theme than most post-apocalyptic books have. There's a really great amount of emotion and depth in this novel and a large amount of vocabulary that most sci-fi novels don't both ...more
Michael Underwood
Emimently, thorughly enjoyable, THREE is like the awesome fusion of the FALLOUT series and something with the cool action aesthetic of COWBOY BEBOP or SAMURAI CHAMPLOO. If you don't already know Posey's name from his video game work, you're going to know it soon enough.
Beezlebug (Rob)
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure I received an electronic copy of this book to review from NetGalley.

It is rare nowadays with all my other commitments that I can find the time to finish a book in one day, but Three was one of those rare exceptions that 1) caught me at the right time and 2) was engaging enough that I wanted to see it through and not put it down.

In many ways Three combines the elements we’ve all come to expect from stories with a dystopian setting. The lone hero with the mysterious past, a tough
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Three is a bounty hunter. He is well equipped for his chosen career, dark hood and attitude. He’s the typical loner, bristling with enough weaponry and broodery to discourage casual approach. A woman, Cass, and son, Wren, approach him anyway and ask for his help. Even as he offers a substantial stack of local currency, Three seems to know money won’t solve the woman’s problems. So, against better judgment, he follows her and becomes immediately entangled in a plot that involves more than one wom ...more
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
A lot of the reviews I'm reading for this book seriously don't do it justice. I feel that many of the people who are angry about lack of exposition and backstory, i.e. how we entered into this post-apocalyptic situation, are missing the point of this book entirely. We don't need to know how, this book isn't about the fall of the earth. It's about something that happened well after the fall. In my opinion, if one lived in a world where some great reality-shifting destruction occurred, I don't thi ...more
Wayne McCoy
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
'Three' by Jay Posey takes place in a strange post-apocalyptic world and has an unlikely hero. I kindof liked it.

When bounty hunter Three accepts the job of protecing a young boy and his ailing mother, he is a bit reluctant about it. The job is to escort them from point A to point B, but of course that's not going to be easy. There are all manner of strange bad guys in this world, like brain-hackers and the Weir, with their glowing eyes and scary nature. This is world where life is cheap, but if
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
First of all, thank you very much to the wonderful awesomeness that is Angry Robot books for the ARC of this book.

Three looked like the kind of book I dig, Futuristic end of the world setting, creatures, Mad Max style action, guns, swords, fighting!! You know! manly book!

All kidding aside, Jay Posey creates a deep world with great characters, and the dialogue was spot on. I cared about the main protagonists and most importantly he succeeds in the cardinal rule of starting a new series. I WANT T
Heather McCorkle
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A book does not easily earn five stars from me. It has to be blow-me-away fantastic, and this book was definitely that.

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. This is one of the most forward-thinking novels I've read in a long time. It kept me desperately guessing, almost painfully curious, as it slowly revealed its marvels. Three's is a dystopian world like none other, and Three himself is one of the most intriguing characters I've come across, with a depth that many lack now days. More science ficti
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Jay Posey is a professional typist with a face for radio and a voice for print. He’s the author of the Legends of the Duskwalker trilogy (novels, THREE, MORNINGSIDE FALL, and DAWNBREAKER), and the military science-fiction novel OUTRIDERS, all published by Angry Robot Books.

He's also Expert Narrative Designer at Ubisoft/Red Storm Entertainment, where he has spent over a decade contributing as a wr

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