Blog Tour: Book Review – The Third by Abel Keogh

When Ransom Lawe, a recycler in the Pacific Northwest, finds out his wife is pregnant with their third—and therefore illegal—child, he’s forced to choose between the government who proclaims a desire to save the planet and his hope for a place where his family can live in freedom. But with the Census Bureau Sentinels closing in on his wife and unborn child, Ransom’s choice will either save his family or tear them apart forever.


Abel Keogh offers a stark and haunting look at a not-so-distant future in this chilling new novel. Crossing lines between good and evil, freedom and oppression, and political and environmental responsibility, The Third is a gut-wrenching tale of intense loyalty and unconditional love.

The premise of this book reminded me of the book Among the Hidden which we recently read as a family.   The Third is a dystopian novel set 50 years in the future.  Population controls are in effect and nearly every aspect of life is controlled by the government.  Despite all that is currently wrong with our country this book made me realize how much worse it could get and how good we have things.

This book was well written and I was engaged throughout.  I connected with and cared for the characters.  A good mix of drama and adventure that I would recommend to those looking for a clean dystopian book.  One that makes you think about life, freedom and the choice we are sometimes forced to make.

Content: Clean

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Source: From author as part of a blog tour