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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite
Renee Hurteau’s Three Days Till Dawn takes us 125 years into the future, generations after a plague devastates the human race. The disease arrived at the same time as an alien species called the Therans, and with their co-operation, a hermetically sealed refuge called Sanctuary was constructed in the Antarctic, where 10,000 humans, Therans and mixed-bloods now survive. In this society, the Therans have assumed the dominant role and taken on leadership of the colony, and over time most humans have accepted this. Whilst the population now coexists in relative peace, beneath the surface festers growing unrest and discontent among some humans and “halfsies”. Population growth, discrimination, and rationing all combine to drive this unrest to a boiling point, and once this society starts to fall apart, many long thought about truths unravel. What is laid bare becomes both shocking and rallying to many from all of the species present.
As the title suggests, Three Days Till Dawn is symbolic of the dawning of truth, and I found the journey to arrive at this point most entertaining. The characters are genuine and as the story evolves, so too do many threads, which have the effect of hooking the reader into the journey this story takes. It becomes possible to feel immersed in the world of Sanctuary, and connected to the individuals tied up in the intrigue. Whilst this was a very enjoyable read, there were things which were left open to interpretation by the reader, to the point where a sequel would fit perfectly into this story arc. Questions about the “Pods”, the Geothermal facility, the gate through which the Therans arrived, and the future in general post “Dawn” left me wanting more.