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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 ruled out, there doesn't appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.
Dubbed 'The Three' by the international press, the children all exhibit disturbing behavioral problems, presumably caused by the horror they lived through and the unrelenting press attention. This attention becomes more than just intrusive when a rapture cult led by a charismatic evangelical minister insists that the survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse. The Three are forced to go into hiding, but as the children's behavior becomes increasingly disturbing, even their guardians begin to question their miraculous survival...
- ISBN-13: 9781478952268
- ISBN-10: 1478952261
- Publisher: Little Brown and Company
- Publish Date: June 2014
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-07-28
- Reviewer: Staff
In Lotz’s debut as a solo novelist, four commuter planes crash nearly simultaneously on different continents, with three children as the only survivors. The international consequences of these tragedies are the subject of a book within the book. Edited by a reporter named Elspeth Martins, it is comprised of media excerpts, interviews, audio clips, debates, speeches, diary sections, and other informative scraps and pieces, many of them involving conspiracy theories. The highly inventive, cleverly satiric, and frequently chilling results provide readers Wincott and McHugh with an actor’s showcase of roles. Among them are a righteous Bible-thumper preaching that the end is nigh, a Brooklyn-accented grandmother of one of the survivors, a Japanese witness to the crash, and a gruff, duplicitous old Southern blogger, along with the intrepid, brittle-voiced Martins, with her final jaw-dropping interview with one of the eponymous Three. The performances add up to a mesmerizing audio production. A Little, Brown hardcover. (June)