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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. Above is a riveting tale of resilience in which "stunning" (Daily Beast) new literary voice Isla Morley compels us to imagine what we would do if everything we had ever known was taken away. Like the bestselling authors of Room and The Lovely Bones before her, Morley explores the unthinkable with haunting detail and tenderly depicts our boundless capacity for hope.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster, 2014.
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476731520
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 25, 2017

Not a bad book- there were a lot of realistic twists, but it was WAY too similar to "Room" by Emma Donoghue, which is one of my all-time favourite novels. I could not even finish this book because of how it just kept reminding me of a weaker version of "Room."

Jun 01, 2015

This. Book. It was twisted, but it hooked me and I couldn't put it down - the first half especially. Throughout the second half, it seemed like there was more going on than I could keep up with, but some may find the multiple plot lines interesting and exciting!

Feb 24, 2015

I really enjoyed this book but thought the ending was a bit weak. Still well worth reading.

Jul 04, 2014

Honeslty I didn't expect to like it that much, but I was slightly less interested towards the end. I guess I was more interested in the whole being held captive part :)

Feb 01, 2014

I received this book as a Goodreads first-reads selection and I am glad I did. I really enjoyed this book. It took me only a few days to read as it truly kept you engrossed. The story is that of 16 year old Blythe whom one night is abducted by the school librarian and is taken to an abandoned silo. The librarian, Dobbs, can talk of nothing else but the apocalypse and how he is protecting Blythe from the chaos which will ensue. Blythe is kept underground in the silo for nearly 17 years; a time in which she gives birth to a still-born, becomes the surrogate mother to another child Dobbs takes and lastly gives birth to her son Adam.
Fast forward 15 years when Blythe and her son Adam escape the silo only to go above ground and find that Dobbs wasn't crazy after all, the world did nearly come to an end and Blythe and Adam are not as equipped as they thought they would be to deal with the changes this brings to their lives.
The book was riveting and written with such beautiful prose that it was impossible to put down. I only have two criticisms regarding the book. The first was when I opened my package with the book inside I was surprised to find a different cover of a farm landscape which I did not find as appealing as the one with the one with the vibrant colors on it. From a marketing standpoint I'm not sure I would have picked the cover I received, but that is just me. I'm always attracted to the cover first, the book second. Lastly, it was mentioned that it was reminiscent of the book Room, which other than both protagonists being kidnapped and giving birth to their captures children I found little if anything similar between the two books.


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