Summary (from Goodreads):
“I am a secret no one is able to tell.
Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she is abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an abandoned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. At first, she focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in—the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from the end of the world, and the persistent temptation to give up. But nothing prepares Blythe for the burden of raising a child in confinement. Determined to give the boy everything she has lost, she pushes aside the truth about a world he may never see for a myth that just might give meaning to their lives below ground. Years later, their lives are ambushed by an event at once promising and devastating. As Blythe’s dream of going home hangs in the balance, she faces the ultimate choice—between survival and freedom.”
This book is so similar to Room, except it’s told from Ma’s perspective. (And in this one, we know her name, which is awesome.)
The biggest downside for this book is the fact that in the e-galley I read, the timeline was sometimes hard to gauge. Time tended to fly by and so I was never really sure when things were happening. I think that may have been done on purpose, though, to illustrate how fluid time is when you’re basically a prisoner. (It’s genius, if so; it just confused me a bit.)
Like Room, this book was nearly impossible to put down and I was so interested in learning if Blythe (and, later, her son) would be able to escape. (And, if so, how.)
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what Isla Morley writes next.