I first became aware of THE THREE through Amazon.com. As soon as I read the synopsis, I decided that I wanted to read it. Now that I have finished it, I found that I have struggled to try and describe it to others.
The basic plot is that one day, across the globe in different countries, four planes crash. From each plane there is a single child which survives. These are termed as The Three (the fourth one takes a little finding) by the media. At first they are seen as miracle children. But, not too long afterwards, there are some who question exactly what they are. Conspiracy theories fly around, there are some who believe that they are aliens and there are others who see them as bringers of the end of the world.
So, that is the basic plot. Lotz has used an interesting technique to tell her story. Rather than having one main narrator, instead each chapter is a different type of media. So, for instance, some of the chapters are set out as newspaper articles, or articles from the internet, whereas others are supposed to be transcripts of interviews etc. It is an interesting technique to use, and I personally think that for this book it works very well. It means that the story develops, but not in the linear way you may be used to. It also means that you are kept guessing about just which trails of thought may be true. Are the children just suffering from PTSD or is there something else, more supernatural, going on?
I really enjoyed this book. The reason I gave it only one star is due to the ending. Without giving anything away, it was a disappointment. Not to say that it was bad! Read it for yourself to see what I mean.