Title: The Three
Author: Sarah Lotz
Category: 33. Read a book from the horror genre
Date Started: September 15th 2017
Date Finished: September 17th 2017
I started this book at the airport right before getting on a three hour flight. Which is obviously a great idea. tarting a book about a plane crash right before flying. It’s become kind of a tradition though, last flight it was Departure by A G Riddle (great book by the way).
At any rate, 4 planes crash almost simultaneously in completely different parts of the world. There’s a single survivor from 3 of the crashes and none from the fourth, all 3 survivors are children and all 3 start acting weirdly once they get home. A pastor in America believes that there is a fourth child who survived the other crash and that together the 4 children are the horsemen of the apocalypse.
This is one of the stranger books I’ve read and has lead me to a new conclusion that plane crash books are largely incredibly strange. Honestly, I enjoyed the book but… really, not a lot actually happened which is surprising for such a long book and I was left feeling a little like maybe this wasn’t the horror book I was expecting. At least, right until the very end.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Title: The Girl With All the Gifts Year: 2016
Director: Colm McCarthy
Date Watched: March 3, 2017
Category: A book adaptation
Let me start off by saying that if you have not read this book then go get it right now and read it. It’s one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. Oddly enough, I picked up the book originally because I saw a trailer for the movie and thought it looked very cool. I was not disappointed by either the book or the movie.
The story is that of Melanie who lives in a post apocalyptic society, the movie doesn’t specify but from memory it begins outside of London with the group eventually travelling through London. It’s unclear exactly how old Melanie is but my guess would be around 12, and she’s never known anything outside of cell, corridor and school room that she grown up in. Her and the other children live a life full of routine, transit, school, and food in the bathroom on Sundays.
But what happens when Melanie finds herself outside? What happens when she begins to realise what she is? What happens when she tastes human blood for the first time?
That is the story that get to see here. While the film is not quite as complex as the book and some parts are omitted or altered (such as food being given in their cells rather than in the bathroom), it is still a well crafted film. While there are changes, I would argue that in this case they do not detract from the story or omit anything of too much importance.
I don’t want to ruin too much of what happens but I will say that the acting is incredible from the well established Glenn Close to the young Sennia Nanua as Melanie. It’s a bit dark and a little graphic in places but the scenery is beautiful and it’s well worth the watch if you’re at all interested in post apocalypse films.
Rating: 4/5 stars