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“The Threat Below” by Jason Latshaw

Hey everyone! I’ve been bad about writing and posting reviews lately as I’ve been dealing with lots of college assignments. I’m finally posting another review today! This book was what I call a hidden gem–aka it blew me away and I was not expecting it! I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 for a few reasons mentioned below, but the story itself was a solid 5.

4/5 stars

Thank you to the author for gifting me a copy of this book! I am leaving this honest review completely voluntarily!

               Humanity was almost wiped out a few hundred years ago; however, the remaining survivors fled up to Mountaintop, surrounded by a wall that protected them from The Threat Below. Having grown used to the peaceful and boring life on the mountain, humanity is suddenly faced with a crisis unlike anything they’ve experienced since they fled to safety so many years ago. Their water source is being poisoned, by something Down Below, and the only option for survival is to figure out what it is and put a stop to it. Icelyn Brathius ends up joining the expedition and quickly realizes how dangerous things are on the outside of the wall. Soon she ends up learning all kinds of secrets, ones that will forever alter how she sees the world and everything in it.

               Wow, this book was so unexpectedly amazing! I’m don’t often read dystopian books, and I’m very picky about the ones I read. This one was definitely worth it! I struggled to get into it a bit at first—there are multiple POVs in both first and third person, the writing style is very unique, and the beginning was a bit slow to start. I ended up really loving the writing style as it added so much to the experience of reading this book and the multiple POVs do an excellent job of letting the reader experience the plot from the viewpoint of all kinds of characters. The beginning was a bit tedious, but I did appreciate learning more about the fascinating lifestyle of the descendants of the survivors on the mountain.

               Icelyn is the main character; the reader gets to hear her viewpoint the most often. The reader listens to a lot of her thoughts as the story progresses. I liked her a lot more at the beginning than I did at the end, but I’m still very curious about where book two will take us. The other characters have viewpoints here and there which all contribute to the story. I ended up being extremely intrigued by the mystery and all the secrets about the truth behind the near-extinction of humanity and the current state of the world. The middle of the story progressed faster than the beginning, so I rushed onward to the end, hoping to get some answers. The journey this book took me on was remarkable, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The end left me anxious for more, so I can’t wait to get started reading it as well!

               This book is perfect for anyone who likes dystopian, fantasy, or apocalyptic books! I would definitely recommend it to middle grade, YA, or even adult readers! (Just a heads up, this is what I would consider a clean read, but the violence might be a bit much for some readers.) Do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy of this book!


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