March 2019 Club

The Three – Sarah Lotz

Sarah Lotz weaves together a tale about four plane crashes and three child survivors through a series of newspaper clippings, psychologist reports, internet forums and book extracts. She recreates the way we learn about world events in a piecemeal fashion and reveals that if we dig a bit deeper, the story may have other angles and truths. There are so many viewpoints and beliefs as the people involved attempt to make sense of the events.

On January 12th 2012, reports flood in of plane crashes in Africa, Europe, Japan and USA. Miraculously, three children survive – one from each continent crash and there are rumours of a fourth child survivor from the crash in Cape Town.

An ambitious evangelical pastor in the States happens to know one of the crash victims. She attends his church in Sannah County and he convinces himself and others that the last words she recorded on her phone are proof that the End of Times are nigh and that the children who survived are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

In the midst of religious fervour and conspiracy theories which race round the world, investigative journalist Elspeth Martins is determined to get to the truth. All is not quite as it seems as creepy happenings surround the survivor children. Jessica’s uncle is haunted by night-time visitations by her dad/his brother asking him why he let “that thing” into the house, Bobby’s grandfather starts to recover from deep Alzheimer’s. Hiro chooses only to communicate via an autobot.

Even at the end of the book, the reader is left unsure as to what the truth is, who and what these children are and what their mission was. Even attempts at a rational explanation don’t add up. Perhaps not everything in this world is explicable. Or from a more cynical viewpoint, perhaps the author was setting her audience up for the second book in the series.

Colourway inspiration

Enrapture – for the semi-solid, I wanted to create an alien, otherworldly glow to the colour to represent the unknown, the guessed at, the surmised. At the end of the book, we are none the wiser as to what exactly the survivor children were and there seems no rational explanation for their existence. So I took a super vibrant spearmint green and added a coat of silver grey to create an unusual mint green-grey.

End of the World – for the variegated colourway, as there were very few colours within the pages, I wanted to convey an overall feeling of the book – a kind of plane crash/forest/unrealistic/hopeful feel. So I took a silver grey for the planes and left a little white. I speckled on some rich moss green for the suicide forest with some otherworldly spearmint with a smaller amount of bright turquoise blue for the lake that Elspeth skirts around in Japan and finished with darkest brown for the tree roots.