Category Dystopian fiction

Three cheers for ABOVE, the brilliant (and brilliantly scary) new novel by Come Sunday author Isla Morley. A chilling novel of survival and hope and heart-stopping plot twists, it tells the story of Blythe, a sixteen-year-old Kansas schoolgirl who is abducted and kept in an abandoned silo by a survivalist who is convinced that the world is about to end.

But don’t be fooled: Above is like nothing you’ve read before.

Twitter is completely abuzz with readers praising the book’s unexpected twists, and in-house excitement is through the roof:

Our lovely intern Gillian is a massive fan and she’s volunteered to write a quick review of the book:

‘Gripping’ is the first word that comes to mind when describing Above: however clichéd it may sound, this book really is impossible to put down. At first, this novel could seem comparable to Room and The Lovely Bones, however, this book is truly unique and totally unpredictable from beginning to end.

Isla Morley’s novel is set in contemporary America, specifically Kansas. We meet Blythe as she comes to terms with having been abducted by Dobbs, a survivalist who believes that the end of the world is imminent, and finding herself confined in a disused missile silo. You could be forgiven for thinking that you are sure what will happen next. However, what unfolds took me completely by surprise. Blythe narrates her isolation and does so with incredible emotion yet still maintains a necessary restraint. She dreams of escaping and one day going ‘above’ and so cannot fall apart or resign herself to her captivity.

One of Isla Morley’s great triumphs is creating a believable voice in Blythe. From the very first page, I was hooked: Blythe’s voice is honest, anguished and completely captivating. She also manages to span seventeen years of Blythe’s imprisonment with intensity and masterful pacing.

Above is like nothing I have ever read and made me an instant fan of Isla Morley. This book is thought-provoking, different and completely addictive.

Convinced yet? Find out more here, and visit our Facebook page to join today’s #AboveDay celebrations!







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