Friday 21 February 2014

Book Review: Above by Isla Morley

Title: Above
Author: Isla Morley
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 4 March 2014
Pages: 386
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Fiction - Dystopia
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she is abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an abandoned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. At first, she focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in — the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from the end of the world, and the persistent temptation to give up. But nothing prepares Blythe for the burden of raising a child in confinement. Determined to give the boy everything she has lost, she pushes aside the truth about a world he may never see for a myth that just might give meaning to their lives below ground. Years later, their lives are ambushed by an event at once promising and devastating. As Blythe's dream of going home hangs in the balance, she faces the ultimate choice — between survival and freedom. (Goodreads Synopsis)

My main problem with Above was the fact it felt like two separate stories that didn't 100% sit together. I enjoyed the opening of the book as Blythe is kidnapped and kept underground. There was plenty of tension as she tried to escape and dealt with her new situation, but once she got above ground again I felt my attention slipping. The story suddenly began to feel more farfetched and I lost my interest in the characters and their situation.

This is a good story idea, but for me it should have been two books: one dealing with the kidnapping and incarceration and a sequel to tell the story of going back above ground after the apocalypse. I would also liked to have seen more development of Adam's character in the second part as he felt a little 'wooden'.

That said, it should be well received by fans of post-apocalyptic drama.

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