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December 15, 2013 / minusbar

Book Review: Three (Legends of the Duskwalker) by Jay Posey

Book Review: “Three” by Jay Posey

The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.

But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantel of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

The description is sparse; I began this book with very little idea of what to expect. I gleaned from the wording (and the amazing cover) that it was probably a post-apocalyptic setting, but with as many varieties as I have come across, it didn’t really tell me anything. What was Three, by Jay Posey? I was definitely pleased by what I found!

The first thing that caught my attention about the book was the economy of words. Nothing was there that did not absolutely need to be there. The descriptions of the scenery and the interactions between characters were at the same time effective and frugal. I was never confused by what was happening–Posey was very good about making sure that the reader had enough information to figure out the necessary facts. It was refreshing, though, to read a book that didn’t rely on extensive descriptions of the landscape to make up its content.

The characters reflected the writing. While there were occasional glimpses into the inner workings of their minds, for the most part I had to look to their actions (and interactions with others) to see what they were really thinking. This was the most true for Three, the protagonist of the story. His motives were the hardest to determine. What, you say? You didn’t know what the main character was thinking? Isn’t that rule #36 on the list of things not to do when writing a novel? It could be, but personally I really like the way that Posey handled it. The reader knows practically nothing about any of the character’s pasts (until the very end, and even then it’s iffy). Three, Cass, and Wren are being chased, but it’s not clear by whom or why. Yet the unfolding development is exciting and a bit more unpredictable than other stories. I became very attached to the trio as the book progressed.

I think that the only thing I would say about Three is that…it could have been ten times longer!!!! There was plenty of information about what was happening in the present, but what about the background? There are the Weir–some sort of mechanical zombie-like creatures that lurk in the background as an ever-present danger. Where did they come from? Then, of course, there is the past of Three. A little is explained, but I would have no problem knowing more about this. If anything, these questions prove to me that the book was engaging and intriguing. I can’t wait for the sequel, which is already scheduled for sometime next year.

Check it out here!




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