“ Genre: Crime / Thriller / Author: Abel Keogh / Paperback / 272 Pages / Book is published 2011-04-08 by Bonneville „
The Third by Abel Keogh
When Ransom Lawe, a recycler in the Pacific Northwest, finds out his wife is pregnant with their third--and therefore illegal--child, he's forced to choose between the government who proclaims a desire to save the planet and his hope for a place where his family can live in freedom. But with the Census Bureau Sentinels closing in on his wife and unborn child, Ransom's choice will either save his family or tear them apart forever.
Abel Keogh offers a stark and haunting look at a not-so-distant future in this chilling new novel. Crossing lines between good and evil, freedom and oppression, and political and environmental responsibility, The Third is a gut-wrenching tale of intense loyalty and unconditional love.
After reading a few excellent dystopian YA books I was quite intrigued to read an adult dystopian novel and I was definitely not disappointed in this one. The Third is set around the lives of the two main characters Ransom and Teya, who are a married couple doing their best to survive with two young boys in a struggling society where food and other necessities are in very, very short supply. The world that Abel Keogh has created is definitely not one that I would want to be living in, where things even as basic as hot water to shower in or a cool drink of clean water aren't daily essentials, but they are prized, special occasion events. The future the characters live in doesn't have the resources to cater for the ever growing population, therefore the two child rule and the need to recycle everything is paramount, it is a bleak future but not one without hope or love.
I enjoyed the pace and flow of the story, but I also enjoyed the changing perspectives as the novel changed between Ransom and Teya's lives. They were both brilliant characters and their plight was at times heartbreaking. I also liked the realistic feel of their relationship, it wasn't perfect but it was something that they both fought to keep alive and loving.
When I was reading this it was clear that Abel Keogh has done his home work and he successfully created a realistic although bleak outlook on the not so far away future of our world. I found myself interested in all the small details of the world he created and I would have happily read much more. When I was reading this I couldn't help but think about a connection to China's one child rule policy, something I admittedly know hardly anything about but I wonder if it had been some sort of catalyst for the idea behind this book.
Although this felt like quite a short book, maybe because I read it in only two sittings it certainly didn't scrimp on plot or story. From the moment I started this I just wanted to read more and find what was going to happen. Although this novel does work well as a standalone I do secretly hope that it might be part of a series, as I would love to know what happens to the characters after the ending of this story.
I love the cover of this book, isn't it striking and a bit intriguing? It is definitely a book cover that would make me stop and pick it up from a shelf.
I highly recommend this book and Abel Keogh is definitely an author that I will look out for in the future. It was hard to imagine that some of the atrocities that happen in this book could ever actually occur out with a fictional setting, it certainly wouldn't be a place that I would want to live. If you are interested in reading some adult dystopian fiction then this would be a great place to start.
Five out of five stars
Genre - Adult, Dystopian
Published by Bonneville (8th April 2011)
Paperback - 272 pages (£10.28)
I received a copy of The Third by Abel Keogh in exchange for an honest review.