Publisher: Regal Crest
Twenty-five-year-old Anna is ready to give up on living in a post-apocalyptic world where unchecked sickness and slaughter have killed off her childhood tribe, family, and best friend. But when Anna unexpectedly interrupts an attack on a beautiful woman lounging by a lake, she is drawn into the relationship of two other survivors of the sickness: young, idealistic Elin, who welcomes Anna into their makeshift family with open arms, and Elin’s lover, the older, more jaded Kael, whose dark and brooding nature initially keeps Anna at bay.
The threesome journeys south for the winter season but is beset by accidents, relationship strain, and an attack upon Elin by a group of religious fanatics who believe that a woman’s duty in the post-apocalyptic world is to bear children and repopulate the earth. Kael and Anna’s fragile connection will be tested repeatedly. Will they find a way to work together to save the woman they both love?
Intense, exciting, and sexually provocative, The Three is one book you do not want to miss.
[Originally posted on Amazon 6/25/10]
For those who like “romance” with absolutely no build-up, lots of sex, and no extensive plotting, then this may be exactly what you’re looking for and you’ll consider it a good read.
The problem with The Three for me is that I was expecting a lot more. I was drawn to this book for two main reasons: I enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction, and it’s rare to find novels dealing positively with polyamorous relationships.
The post-apocalyptic aspect of the book is thin and seems mostly just an excuse for why the three characters are together on a long, dangerous trip on foot. While the idea of an emerging society of zealots dedicated to repopulating humanity is a good one, it felt to me as if it was just thrown in as convenient a plot device to provide conflict and a change of pace from sex. I wanted to know more about the illness and what had happened in the intervening years. I wanted to know how people were surviving and why and how the different cultures had come to be. I also felt that quite a bit of what was leftover seemed questionable, such as walking into a sporting goods store 60 years after society collapsed and still finding an adequate supply of backpacks, clothing, weapons, and sleeping bags.
The other major disappointment (aside from a general lack of good writing) was the lack of development for the relationships between the three characters. Anna and Elin meet, and then declare their undying love two days later. It’s not uncommon for there to be a love at first sight aspect to romances, but it’s how it’s handled that is important. There still needs to be a recognizable path between “I’m attracted to you”, to “I have strong feelings for you” and finally “I love you unconditionally and plan to spend forever with you”. But in The Three it was just boom, with no bing or bang. It went a little slower with Kael, that took all of a week, maybe two.
If you’re like me and want more from a book then skip The Three or you’ll be just as disappointed as I was. If those issues don’t matter to you, if you aren’t picky about quality of writing, and you want a steamy novel in an unusual setting, then you may enjoy it as much as the other reviewers apparently did.