Review: Three by Jay Posey
Three is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure novel. It follows a strong lone gunman type protagonist named Three, though gunman is probably not the right word as ammunition is hard to come by and he dispatches foes with is sword more often than not. In the beginning of the story he is a bounty hunter that enjoys his solitary lifestyle until one day he finds a woman and her son in need of help. To him there just more beggars amongst many that are starving, scared and in need of help. He doesn’t really help strangers without it profiting himself in some way, but for reasons he can’t explain, he wants to help these people and changes, for the better, in the process.
Before I go into the rest of the book let me first say that there is a lot in this book that the reader is left to assume, which the author did intentionally. There are some big ideas that are not fully explained, but there is enough outlying details that, if you have a good imagination, you can just guess. But if you don’t, well don’t worry. The author promises to reveal more of the world and the Weir in the following books of the Dusk Walker series. I’ll preface my assumptions with ‘I believe’ to denote what I think happened.
The two strangers that he helps are a woman named Cass and her son named Wren who is about six years old. Cass is a ‘chemic’, which is someone that can metabolize different chemicals to augment her natural ability (which is something that is needed in this new world). Their on the run from a group of people that steal secrets from people’s heads. Their leader, Asher, is a powerful man that can not only steal secrets by reading your mind, but he can also control you, the reason for this I’ll give later. Asher and his crew, named RushRuin, which is an assemblage of similar bad to the bone people like Three, are chasing Cass and Wren because Wren is believed to have powers similar to Asher’s. Three decides to lead them out of the city and into the wasteland where the Weir roam.
The Weir are cybernetically reanimated humans with ice blue eyes with, I believe, rotting skin and the like as, I believe, they look like zombies with some electronic upgrades inside of them. Not much detail is given about the Weir, only that they come out at night, for reasons unknown, and they want to kill people, for reasons unknown.
Three takes Cass and Wren out into the wasteland and together they fight off the Weir and Asher’s crew while visiting different cities and encountering different, interesting people. It’s very much an adventure novel in this sense, but the most fascinating part of the story lies with what is unexplained.
Everyone in the world is implanted with technology at birth that lets them access satellites still orbiting the Earth to retrieve information, kind of like accessing the internet, and also lets them upload their ‘soul’ before they die to, I believe, a database sort of like heaven. If you read a book called Surface Detail by Ian M. Banks (very good book), you would get an idea of how this works. How people got these implants or how they keep installing them in people in the bleak world they now live in is not explained, but should be explored in future novels. These implants are what Asher uses to control people. He has a special connection with this technology, the satellites and the ambient ‘signal’ of people.
The world is filled with different kinds of left over technology, gene modifications, implants, chemical enhancements, even the dust that floats around is intelligently designed, which is like smartdust, again something that will, hopefully, be explained in future novels. There are even times when Three is walking through the dead world and he can see some lights on in a window of an abandoned building from technology that is still working oblivious to its own irrelevancy (yea, that’s a word).
The book does not really describe what the Weir are or why the Earth was destroyed, it will slowly be revealed through the series, but I can guess. I think that it has something to do with the Seam that the characters encounter 2/3 of the way through the book. I believe, this is a huge swath of land where, maybe, an asteroid or the like impacted the Earth. This along with the appearance of the Weir led to the downfall of humanity. I believe the Weir are a byproduct of experiments on humans that led to everyone being implanted with upgrades at birth. But this is all just conjecture. The story itself is well written. Reading was slow because I got the sense that every word was important and the story could change quickly with just a few words. The beauty of this novel lies in the nuanced detail of Three’s interactions with the world and other characters.
Published: July 30, 2013
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