The premise behind this story is a gripping one - four plane crashes occur in which the passengers are horrifically killed and it seems that there is no possibility of any survivors; and yet, three children survive (and there is speculation that an additional child might have survived as well). These three children are largely unscathed and their survival is heralded as a miracle by some and a harbinger of evil or indication of nearing End Times by others. Those who are close to the children think they notice a difference in their behaviour, a certain unquantifiable strangeness, and gradually suspicions build up.
The book is presented as a series of pieces of evidences such as transcripts from supposed Skype conversations or recordings by witnesses. This is a clever tactic as it gives a sense of individuality to each of the supposed contributors, and the author has done well to use colloquialisms and dialects that are accurate to the regions of the contributors. For example, I recognised several of the colloquialisms used by the South African witnesses as being accurate and representative of speech trends in that country. This gives a strong sense of realism and individuality to the accounts. However, the other side of the coin, is that having multiple accounts like this does render the story-telling somewhat disruptive and denies the reader a clear protagonist and I personally missed this.
The author cleverly builds up an air of foreboding throughout the story - there are little comments every now and then that lead the reader to know that something is going to happen - and this is fantastic for building up the atmosphere. There is a sinister air around the portrayal of the children which reminded me strongly of John Wyndham's 'Midwich Cuckoos' and if you liked that book, then you might want to try this one too.
As I have already said, the concept and story were great, but I found the disjointed style a little off-putting as it meant I did not have one protagonist to support. I also found the ending a little vague and would have liked a firmer resolution of events, although it may well be that this vagueness is exactly the thing that will draw others to the book.
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