Review of Above by Isla Morley

Without giving anything away, I have to say that Above by Isla Morley was one of the weirdest books I've read in a while. Now that I've peaked you interest, here's the book's description:


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.

I liked Blythe from the beginning. She made a great heroine who was full of determination and hope even when things were really bleak. And things were really bleak for the majority of the book. 

It was a very dark book. I had expected that from the book's description. I didn't realize the creepy factor that would be there. Dobbs, the kidnapper, is a very dark and creepy character. He made my skin crawl when I would read about him. 

I was also very unprepared for the "rest of the story," the account of what happened to Blythe and her son when they finally came "Above."

I suppose if you can get past the creepiness, the book was well-written. I struggled with wanting to finish it after I hit the second section and it just was too weird. But, if you like the style, you may find yourself enjoying the read to the end.

I give it 3 stars and a PG-13 rating for content.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.