The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more. His name is Three, a travelling gun for hire in a dying world. He has no allegiances, no family, no ties.
Against his better judgment, he accepts the mantle of protector to a sick woman on the run, and her young son. Together they set out across the plains in search of a mythic oasis, attempting to survive the forces that pursue them, and the creatures of the dark.
In these dark times, a hero may yet arise.
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Excitingly different book with good pacing
Before the last bit of the book, I would have answered the lack of information given away about the world. Enough detail is given that the world is vivid but the history remains shrouded in mystery throughout the book. But now I think I have to say that it is that I did not predict the ending. It is a rare book that weaves a narrative that can keep you guessing right up until the last few pages without just throwing out a huge twist. So basically I think the storycraft is excellent.
I think this book was actually rather unique, if I had to pick another similar book it would be "The Gunslinger" by Stephen King. The world feels similar and in many ways Three reminds me of the Gunslinger. However unlike the gunslinger this book does not suffer from pacing issues and character suppression. It feels like there are few main players and every single one was well thought out, rather than the similarly few but still too many from the Dark Tower books.
I have not previously experienced this narrators work, but this was a fine introduction. If I had one complaint it was that the small child voice goes a little awry when the dialogue becomes more screamy.
There were several moving moments in the book. Given the slow reveal of world facts, I can't say too much, but there was one scene where two warrior spirits parted ways. It was amplified by the particularities of the situation those characters were in and the parallels between our own existence. That is a scene that will stay with me for some time.
This really is an excellent book, it is rare to find a book that develops its characters and world well without drowning you in exposition while managing to maintain a swift pace. I would highly recommend it.