Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe. There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world. The message is a warning.
Black Thursday takes place in 2012 when planes crash in the US, Japan, South Africa and off the UK coast. Once terrorism has been ruled out and environmental factors disregarded as the source, we’re pretty much left to decide for ourselves whether we believe it to a be a mere coincidence or something else entirely. In the end, the only unifying factor is the child survivor in each crash. This turns into exactly the type of fodder to encourage a charismatic evangelical minister who tries his utmost to convince his congregation and the world that the survivors are the harbingers of the apocalypse.
The Three is actually a book within a book as most of what we read are taken from From Crash To Conspiracy, written by investigative journalist Elspeth Martins. An interesting premise, and I certainly enjoyed the various viewpoints that were shared in the book, from the gossip columnist to the online chat/support group and first-responders on the various crash-sites. But, it did feel like the book was a big build-up to something more, as if it was setting the scene for the dystopian future that was set in motion by this catastrophic event. It felt like a really long prologue to a (possibly paranormal) story that was only getting started, rather than one that was actually coming to an end – also, I didn’t care much for the ambiguous ending, I much prefer well-rounded outcomes.