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The Threat Below (Brathius History Book 1) by [Latshaw, Jason]
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A Heart-Pounding Dystopian YA Thrill-Ride


Three hundred years ago, something arose and pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. Now, a small remnant – the ancestors of the few survivors who were able to escape the massacre below – lives above the clouds, on the top of a mountain. But there's been a change. Their water supply is being poisoned. Someone, or something down below is trying to kill them. Now an expedition, including seventeen year-old girl Icelyn Brathius, must descend and face the monsters that wiped out civilization centuries ago.



The Shocking True Nature of the Threat Below


As Icelyn faces dangers in a world humans are not meant to survive, she learns that not everything is as it seems, and uncovers an ancient revelation, then faces a choice that may change the fate of everyone above and below the clouds.  Will Icelyn be strong enough to both survive and bear the terrible secret?

Join Icelyn Brathius as she leaves everything she has ever known to journey to the place no one was ever supposed to go.

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About the Author

Jason Latshaw is a writer who lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, a lizard, and a fish.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1280 KB
  • Print Length: 508 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692463593
  • Publisher: Fernweh Books (July 29 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012ZHKNL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #243,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There was this trend in young adult books where everyone and their mothers could only write, talk and look at dystopias. Don’t act all surprised. I’m pretty sure you can name a couple hundred of series right off the top of your head. Today, we’ve got a whole new trend that focuses more on retellings. Oh, the famous modern retellings written in order to reach and please the fans and those who are oblivious to the source material. Wouldn’t it be nice to spice up our lives again with another dystopia featuring a female lead and a post-apocalyptic setting? Cue darkness. Cue spotlight. Here’s The Threat Below.

Following the Great Death that nearly eliminated humanity from the face of the Earth, the descendants of the now remaining hundred individuals live at the top of a mountain. They call this village Mountaintop and it is protected by giant wall to keep away the very creatures that pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. A thick and opaque cloud line also surrounds the mountain, right after the wall. Impossible to see what’s beyond, citizens of Mountaintop live in isolation and desire nothing more than harmony in their well-structured, yet primitive, society. Until their water source is poisoned. In search for answers, a chain of events is unleashed and 17 year-old Icelyn is off on an adventure that will unearth the buried secrets of the past and awaken a force that shouldn’t be reckoned with.

The Threat Below could make up for an interesting TV show with all the wonderful ideas that are spread throughout the book. In all honestly, Jason Latshaw had a mass of ideas to make sure this novel felt post-apocalyptic. The novel was so rich in theses ideas, I could basically smell the dystopia all over it.
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The story begins looking like a classic dystopia, complete with factions, weird laws, and the survival of humanity. Fortunately, it doesn't stay there. The author has built an incredibly complex and creative world for the story to take place in, with memorable and visual locations. I could see the setting making a great movie. The storyline is also quite creative, and when viewed as a whole, is quite compelling.

Unfortunately that storyline is unstructured and difficult to extract. There's very little 'hook' to draw you in because the exciting events of the opening chapters are buried under miles of explanation about the society, and what the characters are feeling, and their histories and why they're feeling what they're feeling. This is an issue that persists throughout the book, along with pacing issues that both slow the book down, and also confuse by jumping between story lines and perspectives. It even jumps between first person and third person.

It's a pain, because I actually was compelled to know where the heck the whole story was going. It wasn't predictable or cliche, and each location it moved into was impressive. If the whole story was pared down by a third, I think it would be quite good.
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I was tempted to rate this novel lower but remembered it is targeted to the YA audience, so I gave it some leeway.
My complaints - My first thought was 'what the heck?' Referencing 'The Wall' and the surname (Brathius) all too similar to Baratheon/ Game of Thrones - was this a rip-off story?? I found the juvenile bickering between Ice and Ad tedious, the conversations postulizing about an afterlife even more so. Scuba tanks that are still compressed/viable after sitting 300 years?? Sure maybe years or decades but centuries with no climate control? Unbelievable.....
Why did Torrain not tell a soul about the cloud eating machine he constructed? He just buried it and it was no longer mentioned. Maybe it was ignored to be introduced for some vital use in later books but it was glaringly illogical to not use the innovation when the group reascend to take over Mountaintop.
Even with my concerns the story keeps running in my mind - I love the 3 distinct settings (Mountaintop, town over grown with forest and Drowned City.) You could easily fill a novel on how each environment came to be. The detailed development of the hybrid race could make another very interesting segment.
So despite what I considered flaws, its a excellent story and I'd love to read more, both the history and future developments.
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From the moment I read about the ‘Icelyn acorns’ I was hooked. Jason Latshaw’s YA novel is well-written, imaginative and an absolute page-turner. In this dystopian future world, all the inhabitants are relegated to Mountaintop, where they are safe and live in a segregated society consisting of Cognates and Veritas. Icelyn Brathius is a very complex and likable heroine who needs to find out why the water’s been poisoned. To do so, she will break a lot of rules and carve out her own way. ‘The Threat Below’ is an epic saga. At 500 pages, it is almost two times longer than the average YA novel. But it’s worth the read because Icelyn’s world will hook you in and you’ll want to spend all the time you can being a part of her wild journey. This is one of my favorite genres to read so needless to say I’m a big fan of Latshaw’s work. He’s a new author for me and I’m definitely giving him a two thumbs up. The only thing that irked me a little was the shift in POVs. I tend to favor books that stick to one POV exclusively. I look forward to reading what he comes up with next! 5/5 stars and highly recommended.
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