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Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. So when I saw he raved about The Three I decided to read it. Why not? The Three had been on my to-read list for a while already anyway. Also, the last novel I read that Stephen King raved about was The Troop by Nick Cutter. Which turned out to be absolutely amazing. The Deep by Nick Cutter is also an extremely good read. Well I definitely will have to look up some more novels Mr. King recommends because he knows what he is talking about.
The Three starts off with four plane crashes within hours of each other. All of the crashes occurred on different continents. Out of the four plane crashes there are three survivors (one from each of the plane crashes, except one that had none), all of them children. A religious nutter claims that the children are the horsemen of the apocalypse and that a fourth child will be found from the fourth wreckage. The surviving children all begin to exhibit bizarre behavior and even those closest to them begin to have questions...
The book is written in documentary style. It's set up as if you are reading real interviews, chat transcripts, articles, and such piled together for a novel. It kind of reminded me of how World War Z was set up, but done a lot better. I wasn't sure I would like that at first, but it really did add to the story.
I'm not sure I would count The Three as a horror novel even though it seems to be marketed that way. It's more of a mystery/thriller with a few spots of creepiness. Overall The Three was very good, but there are some parts that were a bit dull. There is a lot going on that is more about what is said/not said and the book does not rely on action. This is NOT an action packed book, although there is some, it's a book where you have to think. Let your imagination fill in the blanks and wonder, what if this was real? It's a book where there are no real answers at the end and you have to decided what you believe.
The Three is a great book if you can get past a few boring parts. I enjoyed it and I can't wait to read the next in the series, Day Four. Which Mr. King has also recommended. Perhaps some answers will be given to us in that book.
I recommend The Three for people interested in the apocalypse, creepy children, books without definite answers, and fans of thrillers.