Review: Above by Isla Morley

Title: Above
Author: Isla Morley
Publish Date: March 4th, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Post Apocalyptic
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
In the bestselling vein of Room and The Lovely Bones, a stunning and harrowing novel about a Kansas teenager who is abducted and locked away in an abandoned missile silo by a survivalist who believes he is saving her from the impending destruction of the world.

Blythe focuses on finding a way to escape until she discovers that she also has to deal with crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of her captor, and the persistent temptation to give up. Nothing, however, prepares her for the burden of having to raising a child in confinement.

Out of fear, she pushes aside the truth about a world her son may never see for a myth that just might give meaning to his life underground. But when fate intervenes, Blythe and her son manage to re-emerge, only to find themselves in a world even more terrifying than the one they left behind.

Riveting and unforgettable, Above is a beautifully written and compelling tale of survival, resilience, and hope.

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Review:
The concept was a really interesting one, and one that I do enjoy more often than not. However the execution was poor and it ended up being a book that I dreaded picking up. I hate saying that but it just let me down in a big way.

Dobbs works in the library that sixteen year old Blythe visits. When he appears in his truck driving along a dirt road alongside Blythe,she thinks nothing of it. Until she accepts his offer of a ride. From that moment on everything changes.

Soon she’s being forced to shower and shave…every part of her body. Soon she’s forced to lay with him intimately.Soon after that come children. Then years pass, some quickly, some agonizingly slow. Until one day she seizes an opportunity to get herself and her son out of there.

Things aren’t the same as they were when she was taken into the silo many years ago. Where houses once sat, now there is empty and barren roads. There’s suspicion surrounding her and her son and all Blythe wants is to find her family.  

Dobbs was a creepy guy from the very beginning and that didn’t surprise me at all. Men that do this stuff are often unattractive and creepy. That’s why they abduct female teenagers. They hope that those girls understand their belief that they are trying to save them. Men like this also feel more attractive when they have a pretty young female under their grasp.

I tried my hardest to feel sympathy for Blythe but I just couldn’t. It didn’t make sense to me why she would accept his offer of a ride. He’s a freaking stranger! I don’t care how small the town was, Blythe still didn’t know him. And his excuse that her brother was in an accident and he was supposed to fetch her? I call BS on that. That is an excuse that abductors use all the time.

Most of the book was a big fat bore-fest. The end of it got really far-fetched and I couldn’t buy it at all. Too many characters were in the last 30% of it and I got confused and bored.The synopsis calls this book riveting and unforgettable? Um no, it was boring and predictable and for me, very easily forgettable. This book is getting 1.5 stars from me.

Stacking the Shelves #14

Hi, all of you awesome people. You may have noticed that I did not have a Stacking the Shelves post last Sunday. That reason was really because I had only received one book and I thought it was pointless to have a book haul post with only one book in it. This week,however NetGalley has been very kind to me. I received 5 books from NetGalley. Some of them are even early 2014 releases. Yipeee 🙂 Broken Beauty was the only book I got 2 weeks ago and yes I did already read & review it. It just felt weird not to put it in the post.
I also received an e-ARC of The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Marie Landry. I am SO excited for this one.

Don’t forget that this feature comes from Tynga’s Reviews. Don’t forget to stop by and link up your Stacking The Shelves posts/vlogs etc. As always don’t forget to let me know if you have read any of the books that I got and if you did read it, what did you think of it.


Bought

Received for Review
Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas #1) by Lizzy Ford (writing as Chloe Adams)
(e-book from Netgalley)

Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy (e-book from Netgalley)

Above by Isla Morley (e-galley from Netgalley)

Once Upon A Lie by Maggie Barbieri (e-galley from Netgalley)

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry (e-galley from Netgalley)

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Marie Landry (received e-ARC from Author)

Skin and Bones by Sherry Shahan (e-galley from Net Galley)

Won
Gifted

See you all next week. Until then, happy reading.