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The Three

A book by Meghan O'Brien

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Didn't Love It

  • Jun 25, 2010
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 something else so was really disappointed. I was drawn to this book for two main reasons: I enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction, and it's rare to find a book dealing positively with a polyamorous relationship such as this one.

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. There was a bit more with Kael because it went slower, 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.

Kindle Note: The ebook can be purchased from the publisher on their website. It's been a bit over a month since I read it, but I don't recall any formatting problems.

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Alone in rural Indiana with only the clothes on her back, 25 year old Anna is almost ready to give up on trying to live in a world that has seen the recent slaughter of her childhood tribe and the murder, only a year later, of her best friend and only surviving tribe mate. When Anna interrupts an attack on a beautiful woman lounging by a lake, she is subsequently 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 her lover, the older, more jaded Kael, whose dark and brooding nature initially keeps Anna at bay.

While Anna and Elin fall into affectionate interaction that quickly turns romantic - with Kael's permission - Anna and Kael have a more difficult time learning to live with one another. Their mutual love for Elin sees them through a rough start, and soon they develop a tentative, but genuine, friendship.

The threesome is journeying south for the winter season when an unexpected accident leaves Elin severely injured and unable to defend herself from the constant threat of attack that is a part of their everyday lives. Making the decision to nurse Elin back to health in the relative safety of a city, Kael and Anna soon find that tensions rise as their relationship is strained by their concern over Elin's condition and Kael's resulting emotional distance from Anna.

When Elin is threatened yet again, this time by a group of religious fanatics who believe that a woman's ...

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ISBN-10: 1932300511
ISBN-13: 978-1932300512
Author: Meghan O'Brien
Publisher: Quest

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