Book Title: Three
Series: Legends of the Duskwalker, book one
Author: Jay Posey - JayPosey.com
Publisher: Angry Robot - Angry RobotsBooks.com
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Before you read my review, I want you to know who I am. I’m a published author named Phillip Drayer Duncan. You can find out more about me, what I write, what I read, and more of my reviews at PhillipDrayerDuncan.Com. As a writer, I’ve had the opportunity to meet numerous artistic professionals at various levels and want to remain open about who I know before I review them…
Jay Posey - I have never met or interacted with Jay Posey.
My 1 Sentence Synopsis:
Kind of like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, but there’s cyber zombies, and the guy is a total badass and so is the kid.
My 1 Sentence Review:
Slightly Longer But Still Brief Synopsis:
Think Cyber-punk goes post-apocalyptic, and you might be somewhere close to the universe Three lives in.
The comparison to The Road wasn’t completely off base. Well, maybe. Sorta. Probably. I dunno… The similarities are that it’s about a post-apocalyptic world, but The Road’s version of the apocalypse has people eating each other. Three’s post-apocalyptic world has Weir, which, as I took it, were basically cyber zombie/werewolves. Also, it’s worth noting that Three is clearly genre fiction, where The Road is considered Literary Fiction, which really just means that some of the people who enjoyed The Road would snub their noses at reading some silly genre fiction like Three. Fortunately, we aren’t them. Right? Wink, high five, wink. Did this just get weird? Anyway, instead of a father and son, Three follows a badass drifter named Three, who ends up traveling with a mother and her young son, who are on the run from super nasty bad people.
What Did I Love?
I loved the strange world it was set in, and I felt like Jay Posey did a great job sprinkling in the setting and bringing it all to life. I thought both Three and Cass were fantastic characters, but I especially liked Wren. In fact, as I’m thinking back through it, pretty much all of the characters were pretty unique and vibrant.
Three is the type of book that would also make a great movie. You know, one of those ones where it gets announced and having read the book you’re all jacked to see it. Then it finally comes out and you’re super disappointed the first time around, but like six months later you kind of appreciate it and realize they weren’t that far off so it was pretty cool… You know, if they did make a movie, they should just directly translate the book into the screen play.
It will be fine Hollywood. Just try it.
And until the do, and since we know it won’t be as good as the book anyway, I’d strongly suggest buying it. Three was definitely one of the better books I’ve read in a while.
What Didn’t I Love?
This is no way a complaint on the book, but rather a praise for Jay Posey’s ability to create imaginative and intriguing characters – I wish he’d have put another 10 – 20,000 words into showing us the world from the RushRuin characters’ perspectives. I thought they were all fascinating and unique enough they could carry their own storyline while they were hunting Three, Wren, and Cass.
As of this writing, I believe there are two more books in this series. Hoping I’ll be able to get to them before long. I liked Three quite a lot.
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