Book Review: Above by: Isla Morley

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: I am a secret no one is able to tell.

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.

Review: When Blythe Hallowell is kidnapped she thinks, at first, all her kidnapper wants is to hurt her. When Dobbs tells her she was taken to be kept safe from the coming apocalypse, she’s scornful. She just wants to go home to her parents, siblings, and the boy she loves. As the months and years go by, she’s slowly given up hope of ever leaving the missile silo in which she’s held. After seventeen years Below, Blythe and her 15 year old son, Adam, finally have a way out. When they go Above, it is nothing like Blythe remembers and it appears Dobbs was right about the end of the world. Now Blythe and Adam face new dangers on their road to Blythe’s old hometown. Can their time Below save them from the horrors of Above?

ABOVE is a heartbreaking post-apocalyptic novel. When Blythe is trapped below, the author has a way of making it appear as if time is standing still for her and effortlessly shows the effects of the mental and physical torture she endures. The first half of the book, set Below, is a tribute to human endurance and the knife’s edge of madness one in Blythe’s situation will teeter upon. The second half of the book, set Above, was a little more odd as Blythe and Adam had to navigate a wholly unknown and terrifying world. It was definitely interesting experiencing their “firsts” along with them. The second half of the book was a little more difficult to wrap my head around, but all together ABOVE is an enticing and haunting story.

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