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I am a secret no one is able to tell.

Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she is abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an abandoned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. At first, she focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in—the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
i love the idea of this book, but for me, the execution fell a bit flat.

this book combines two incredibly marketable themes: abduction and the apocalypse.

16-year-old blythe is kidnapped by dobbs, a man who works in her school library and decides she is "special," so he squirrels her away in an old abandoned missile silo that he has outfitted into a survivalist stronghold to wait out the end of the world, which he claims is imminent. 17 years later, she manages to escape with her son. and what do
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Reading the blurb on this book it sounded so interesting.
A 16 year old girl is taken by a survivalist into a missile silo.
Now this part of the book was ok. It kept moving along and even when the characters went into cray-cray land I still wanted to know what was going to happen.
Then 17 years later: She escapes. Then the book turned into this.

Blythe's character was hard to believe as she was supposed to be a teenager but she used terms that are very old fashioned. That kept throwing me for a
Ash Wednesday
When you’ve lived your life with elaborate fantasies, how can reality stand a chance?

Thanks book, I just realised there’s not much difference between a girl who got trapped in a missile silo for seventeen years and a serial reader with a 1-click button dependence.

I haven’t read Room or The Lovely Bones so I can’t make any conclusions if it delivered on its promise of being in the same vein as both those books. What I can say is that I caught myself pausing and stepping away from the
I think it’s safe to say at this point in my life I was not the intended audience for this book. I wanted to show up for the party, and I had every intention of dancing with a pretty lass until the world ended, and I met my maker on the back of a pickup truck. But, alas, it twas not to be. The door was slammed in my face, and I was unable to march through the threshold. Or maybe I was at the bottom of a pit while the laughing hyena on top smiled and grinned at me.

Blythe Hallowell didn’t really w
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a book in two halves - “Below” and “Above” and overall I am pretty divided in my feelings about it. It is a very hard book to review without giving away the plot, but I am going to try anyway. I really liked the first half of the book, the story of Blythe’s abduction by a quietly scary survivalist Dobbs Hordin and her 17 year captivity. She is held deep underground in a disused concrete missile silo, a world which came across as claustrophobic, dark and totally cut off from the outside w ...more
Carol Saggese
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As I read ABOVE, there were many times that I realized that I was holding my breath and I was perched at the edge of my seat! To say it was riveting, would be an understatement!
I think that they should sell a nerve pill with this book!
At one point I found myself straining to read the words...only to realize that the sun had gone down and I had not even noticed that I was sitting in the dark!
Isla Morley is a masterful writer and ABOVE is a must read!!
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
16 years old Blythe Hallowell is abducted and imprisoned in a abandoned Kansas missile silo. Her captor is a survivalist who tells her that the world as we know it is ending and they will be the only survivors. Through first person narration. Blythe tells of her years of imprisonment which include the birth of her son and his upbringing in this hell of an existence. She tells her child her own fabricated story of why they are kept underground which, along with her captor's seemingly crazy raves, ...more
Jennifer (The Nightly Book Owl)
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This book is okay. The main problem I had with this book is that it feels like it’s two books crammed into one. The first half deals with the kidnapping and the captivity of Blythe while the other half deals with the aftermath of the escape. The biggest issue I had with this is that the tone of the book changed instantly. I would have much preferred it to be a gradual change because it made the book feel inconsistent.

Plot: I definitely prefe
The synopsis for Above was pretty much an instant sell for me - along with the cover that I think it all kinds of awesome, I knew that I had to read this book. Although I tried to ignore the comparison to Room and The Lovely Bones because comparisons rarely work for me personally, having loved Room and liked The Lovely Bones I was really looking forward to Blythe's story.

Morley starts the story when Blythe is abducted, which is the first thing I really appreciated about Above - there's no long-w
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Freedom...Its other name is Choosing."

Abduction and Apocalypse - a story of "survival, resilience, and hope."

First off, this novel has little to no similarity to either ROOM or to THE LOVELY BONES. To compare them is to do all of the very different stories an injustice. Start with an open mind.

Blythe is just 16 years old when she is kidnapped and taken down below ground into an abandoned missile silo in Kansas by a disaster survivalist who has created an impenetrable bunker deep in the bowels o
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Isla Morley grew up in South Africa during apartheid, the child of a British father and fourth-generation South African mother. During the countrys State of Emergency, she graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth with a degree in English Literature. By 1994 she was one of the youngest magazine editors in South Africa, but left career, country and kin when she married ...more
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