Above by Isla Morley review and giveaway.

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Blythe, a sixteen-year-old Kansas schoolgirl is abducted and kept in an abandoned silo by a survivalist, who is convinced that the world is about to end.

Struggling to survive, crushed by loneliness and the terrifying madness of her captor, Blythe resists the temptation to give up. Nothing, however, prepares her for the burden of having to raise a child in confinement.

Just when Blythe starts to believe that she may be confined to the silo for life, their lives are ambushed by one event that is at once promising and devastating…


Riveting and unforgettable, this is a beautifully written and compelling tale of survival, reinvention, and hope.

I was sent a proof of this a little while ago. I glanced at the cover, saw the survivalist thing and though, meh. Then I sat down and started reading.

I barely moved for hours. I couldn’t put it down. I read it in one sitting (if you disregard toilet and kettle breaks 😉 ) I haven’t reviewed it as I’d been struggling to work out how to without spoilers, but I’ve got to give it a go.

Blythe is a slightly immature teen when she’s first locked up in the silo. And in some ways she doesn’t develop much, even when she becomes a parent. It seemed right though – I guess that you would be stunted if you were kept in such a sheltered environment. There are a couple of time jumps in the narrative that I found a bit disconcerting, but overall, it hangs together well, and you get past them.

But it’s more than just a captivity book. There’s more to it than survival. So much more. I don’t want to say anything else – but it stuck with me, for days. I kept poking at it in the back of my head. And then I was sent a second paperback copy, so I decided, lucky readers that you are, that I would share it with you.

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  1. Tracey Peach says:

    I would Hide for the end of the world at my local seaside I love it there & if it really was the end of the world I would go happy looking at lovely views

  2. Liked On Facebook As Simon Smith (Was bullied so had to use a different name)

  3. Following @liveotherwise user name @DwarfHammyMum

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  6. Jane Willis says:

    I don’t think I’d hide at all – if the world was going to end, and all my friends and family perish, I wouldn’t want to be left to survive without them.

  7. Jane Willis says:

    I’ve tweeted @janesgrapevine

  8. Jane Willis says:

    I like you on Facebook – Jane Willis

  9. Jane Willis says:

    I follow you on Twitter @janesgrapevine

  10. Jane Willis says:

    Have shared on Google+ – Jane Willis

  11. Jane Willis says:

    Am subscribed by email

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