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The Three

(The Three #1)

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  13,050 ratings  ·  1,952 reviews
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
Hardcover, 471 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company (first published May 1st 2014)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
DNF at 75 pages, because I just don't care. Skimmed the next hundred or so pages, and concluded that I made the right decision in DNFing.

This book was a complete waste of my time. It gave me a headache. Over a thousand people die? I just Do. Not. Care. This is a book that focuses on the delivery, and not the plot, and it disengaged with me from the very beginning. It is all telling, no showing.

This is what I can tell you from having read 75 pages of this book. That's roughly...16% of the book?.

Will M.
I once again found a book with an amazing premise, but unsatisfactory execution. Everything screamed awesome, from the mysterious synopsis to the blurb by my favorite author, Stephen King. I wanted to really like this to the point of it becoming one of my favorites, but I guess it didn't deliver much. Don't get me wrong though, this is not a low 3. 3 stars usually means I at least enjoyed some or most parts of the novel. This is one of my high 3s.

You have 3 plane survivors, 1 apocalypse preacher
Lukas Anthony
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Pete Clarke
May 24, 2014 rated it it was ok

Do me a favour. Next time you’re in your local bookshop, go and check out the Horror section. What’s that you say? Your local bookshop doesn’t have a horror section? Okay, well, never mind. Even if it did, chances are it would be filled with nothing more frightening than a bunch of sparkly vampire lotharios, some shambling, post-apocalyptic zomboloids, and a pack of cuddly, maladjusted werewolves. Yawn.

As someone whose formative reading years were spent ha
The Three is an impossible-to-put down, terrifying and mind-bending novel from Sarah Lotz, a prolific author (under numerous pseudonyms as well as her own name) and screenwriter who nevertheless hadn't come to my attention until I heard about this book. Based in Cape Town, Lotz describes herself as a 'pulp fiction writer' in her Twitter bio, and The Three, which looks likely to be her breakout work, is positioned as 'Lost meets The Passage... for all fans of The Shining Girls and Stephen King'. ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This one's fairly hard to categorize, but based on the style of writing, alone, I can firmly place it in Horror.

I have to say that I'm really enjoying all these recent epistolary novels. I always thought the old styles even from classics like Dracula were kinda overblown, but these fit me just fine. Sure, they're transcripts from skype conversations and emails and message boards, but who cares? It lets us see all the kooky craziness of a wide, wide swath of weird humanity, and that's rather the
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm torn between one and two stars.

It is written documentary style, with each chapter being a chat transcript, or interview or article about the events or people involved in the four plane crashes that occurred with only 3 survivors. All children.

I normally don't mind this style. With World War Z I felt it was done well and I liked enough of the characters. With this book I didn't like a single character. Not a one.

Something that struck me from the beginning was how much race comes into play in
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Why do people read Horror? I’m sure there are many reasons, but I’ll tell you why I do. Few other genres give me that adrenaline rush. I love that growing sensation of dread as the suspense builds, the sound in my ears of my heart pounding faster and faster, that tingling feeling that runs up my arms and spine. I enjoy that in a good horror/thriller novel, and sometimes I go deliberately looking for a good scare.

That’s wha
Diane S ☔
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 An imaginative and compelling read with a unique structure. The book follows the messages, interviews and articles from an non-fiction book that is published in response to the events in the book's summary, in essence a book within a book.

It follows very realistically what happens when a major event strikes the world, at least this is how it is the United States. Many, many news commentators cover the story, they interview anyone they can, they bring in professionals, talking heads, to comm
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I seem to be in a slump, especially with my last few audio choices. I'm several hours into the audio of this and I just need to walk away. I still know as much (after listening for hours) as I knew when I read the book blurb. Im not sure when this will move forward into some plot points but I'm a little bored. I'm betting this wasn't a great choice for audio because it seems the book is deliberately set up as a collection of interviews and snippets of media coverage compiled into a documentary-s ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
The blurb for The Three hooked me in as soon as I read it: four plane crashes? Three surviving children, all behaving strangely? Conspiracies? It sounded endlessly intriguing, and the book itself does not disappoint.

I can see why it would be polarizing, though - it's comprised of short chapters from the perspective of a large variety of characters (some frequently recurring, some that we never hear from again) and is essentially a book within a book - each chapter is an interview, transcipt, or
Paul Nelson
May 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-books-read
I had high expectations with The Three after seeing some of the reviews but in the end was left feeling well, absolutely nothing. The story didn’t hold my attention in any way except the last 50 pages, by then I’d almost given up twice and was generally skipping through without any feeling of missing something vital.

On Black Thursday (I think that was what it was called) four commercial airlines crashed in four different continents, all at the same time, from out of the different wreckages came
Liz Barnsley
2020 reread update: Yep still love it. Going to continue my Lotz rereading....

They’re here … The boy. The boy watch the boy watch the dead people oh Lordy there’s so many … They’re coming for me now. We’re all going soon. All of us. Pastor Len warn them that the boy he’s not to­­–
The last words of Pamela May Donald (1961 – 2012)

Four disasters. Three Survivors. A message to change the world…

Yes well. For those of you who were hanging out on Twitter a few days ago if I say “What Sarah Pinborough s
Those three stars up there? They're kinda wobbly. One could fall off I think about this book too hard.

Like World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, this tale is told via interviews, transcripts, excerpts, and other perspectives after an apocalpytic-ish beginning event occurs - four planes crash on the same day/time in different parts of the world and there are three survivors, all children. dun dun DUUUUUN!
The world, or, at least, North America, Europe, and Asia, change as a result. There
In the spirit of looking on the bright side, I can say that one nice thing about having a death cold take the entire family down (for a solid week now & still going strong!) is that while everyone is laying around languishing & hacking, you can get a lot of reading done. I picked this up in the morning & was done with it by the time the sun went down. This is an excellent book! Four planes crash simultaneously on different continents with a lone child survivor at three of the crashes. Are these ...more
Jun 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audible, dnf
DNF @ 48%. This is the most boring non scary horror ever. The audio narration is fantastic but even two great narrators couldn't save this disaster. ...more
I think maybe I'm just not a horror-fan. This has an interesting plot and was amusingly out together, but I just didn't connect with the story. ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, abandoned
DNF @ 71% This book was told in the blah blah blah - oops, I mean documentary style much like the not so blah blah blah World War Z. I need a cast of characters. Why can't I find a cast of characters? Google is failing me.

The Highlights:
Paul Craddock - self absorbed alcoholic and uncle to one of The Three. Honestly the only character I cared about. Oh, and he was gay, which came into the story a lot.
Yomajuri Miajima - a geologist and volunteer suicide monitor at Japan's notorious Aokigahara Fore
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I heard about this book when I saw it on a must read list of books by Stephen King. I read the synopsis and it sounded very interesting. Then I checked out the reviews. I was surprised to see so many negative reviews. I popped it on my wish list and debated the purchase. Then I came across it at my local library and figured what the hell. Am I glad I did. This book is now a perfect example of why I shouldn't take reviews to heart as they are only a matter of opinion. This book is AMAZING. I was ...more
Michele Harrod
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up, but in a very short time I was quite riveted. Wonderfully original in both style and content - this was very reminiscent to me of Stephen King's "Needful Things" in so far as it was an expose of human nature in the face of extraordinary events. We really don't do well with things we don't understand!! I loved it for reminding me of that so beautifully.

This really is a wonderful mix of humour, horror, thriller, and a rollicking good stor
May 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-kindle
An entertaining novel with a unique premise and format, however, I felt it never achieved the menace and chills it promised. The best bits were the ones with Paul and Jessica. Those were some excellent scenes. (A book written from Paul's POV could be very chilling.)

I did find the story very engaging and the thought of theocracy is terrifying.
Ellen Gail
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, kindle
Four different crashes involving three different makes of aircraft on four different continents–it was unprecedented.

Somewhere between two and three stars. The Three is full of interesting ideas and potential for real thrills and chills. Unfortunately, the narrative structure and the overall impact of the story is really lacking. The number of different POVs, including those who only appear for a single section, is overwhelming and hard to follow. It's a challenge to get invested when you ne
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

Four planes crash in different places throughout the world. Three children, one from each of three sites, are the only survivors, although there are pervasive rumors of a fourth. An American woman (the only one on a Japanese flight), Pamela May Donald, supposedly survives long enough after one of the crashes to leave a cryptic message on her phone, directed at a certain Pastor Len, that alludes to a boy and “the dead people.” This leads Pastor Len to belie
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When four planes crash on separate continents with a child being the sole survivor in each crash except one, the day becomes known as Black Thursday and the survivors become known as The Three. A woman named Pamela May Donald survives long enough to record a message on her cell phone, a warning that many go on to believe is a
Sonja Arlow
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I first heard about this author on Talk Radio 702 where they were discussing a host of SA authors.

The second reason why this novel caught my eye is that just weeks before the radio interview I found out about the eerie Suicide Forest in Japan where dozens of Japanese choose to take their own lives every year. I watched a clip on YouTube and it made for chilling viewing.

So I was thrilled to get my hands on this book as the storyline sounded excellent. 4 Planes go down at exactly the same time bu
I’m going to be honest and say I was really excited about this one.

I overlooked the negative reviews to begin with, mainly because the idea of the book caught my interest much more than I had been expecting it to. However, after getting part way through the book I decided I probably shouldn’t have overlooked what other people were saying. Don’t get me wrong, it is not as bad as some people would have you thinking… but at the same time it is very far away from being the scary read that other peo
Pat Napoleon
Hard to believe Stephen King thought this book was "hard to put down". It was disorganized and scattered with a very unsatisfying "non-ending". ...more
L. McCoy
The story and narrative are interesting, also has some darkly humorous elements but I didn’t give a shit about the characters and HOLY FUCK IT IS SLOW AND FULL OF FILLER!
So yeah, not bad but not bothered to read book 2.

3/5 (fitting)
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, Hodder, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

The Three is unlike any book I’ve ever read. It’s a fictional non-fiction book (!) comprised of eyewitness accounts, interviews, IM chats and transcripts. Focusing around an event known as ‘Black Thursday’, where four planes crashed at the same time all over the world for unknown reasons, it is a book within a book. Between the four crashes, there were only thr
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Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and novelist with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. Among other things, she writes urban horror novels under the name S.L. Grey with author Louis Greenberg; a YA pulp-fiction zombie series, Deadlands, with her daughter, Savannah, under the pseudonym Lily Herne; and quirky erotica novels with authors Helen Moffett and Paige Nick under the name Helena S. Paige. ...more

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