Book Review: The Three by Sarah Lotz

I was first alerted to this book by one of my former students when they pointed out that my own book Dealing with Disaster in Japan: Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash was referred to in the acknowledgements.

Reading such a comment means so much to me, particularly about a book which I put so much into (see also my post Post 123). I’m particularly excited to see my book reaching beyond the academic community and helping to inspire such a great novel as The Three. I wish more writers would get in touch while they’re still writing the book too so I can help more, or drop me a line when they’ve written a book which used some of my work rather than leaving me to find out by chance.

The Three is written as though you are reading another book. Once you get your head around this style, the next thing to contend with is that it jumps around people and the various events discussed in the book. I’m usually bad at remembering names & characters, so expected to be confused, but thanks to the way it was written, I didn’t have any problems at all. What is particularly impressive is the way that the style of each entry is done in a way you could imagine each person speaking/writing. Although I spotted a few minor errors, they really didn’t distract from an excellent read.

Of course, I was particularly intrigued to see how the isho aspect came into the book, but was equally interested in how it handled the story in Japan and its usage of Aokigahara (which features in both my book Japan: The Basics and my novel Tokyo 20/20 Vision). Overall I found this well handled and effective to the whole book.

The book has given me further food for thought about how I plan my future novels – particularly one that will feature a plane crash.

Click here to get more information about the book on Amazon.

Also see my review of “Day Four” by Sarah Lotz

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