Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Above by Isla Morley Book Review

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published Date: March 14th, 2014
Edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Source: Gallery Books

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.
 This is a difficult book to review because it was a difficult book to read. Not because it was really bad or anything but because of the subject matter and the changes in age.

In the first half it was perfectly fitting to the YA genre and then it delved into the adult genre a bit. The story follows the character from teenage years to adulthood.

Blythe on her way to meeting a crush is tricked into leaving with a stranger. This stranger kidnaps her and keeps her below ground in a weird museum, post apocalyptic style war home.

She is kept there and forced to live her life from a child to an adult. This man consistently tells her the world is going to end and despite how zealous he is she doesn't believe him. In the course of her staying there she gives birth to a son named Adam. Adam is ever curious and is constantly wanting to leave.

In a weird change of events many years later Blythe and her son Adam reach the outside (above). It is then that they learn maybe the man wasn't so wrong after all.

It almost felt like you're reading two different novels. I'm still unsure how I feel about that aspect but on a positive note this book was written really well. The writing is perfectly descriptive and it was easy to picture much of what the author painted in my mind.

It is by no means a happy read. It's a very in depth realistic read about a post-apocalyptic world rife with debilitating diseases,kidnapping, and harsh realities.

If you go in expecting to read something like this, wanting to read something like this, you'll enjoy it. But, unlike myself this book threw me for a loop, at times it was good, and at times it was just plain shocking.

With the way it's written it's easy to enjoy but boy is the subject matter rough. Proceed with caution.


  1. this sounds like an interesting read... and I'm always ready to try on difficult. they're a bit annoying but I kind of like the challenge of thinking a lot.. I'm definitely keeping your words in mind.. I'll add this to my tbr :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  2. This is a strange sounding book. Sounds like something I'd enjoy when I'm in the mood for more heavy reads.

  3. This actually sounds really, really similar to ROOM by Emma Donoghue. But nice review either way! I don't think I could read another book like this haha!