Title: 3 Days: A Passion
Author: T.M. Fairman
Genre: Dystopian Inspirational (okay … that sounded better in my head …)
Age-Range: 15+ (upper young adult adult)
Era: set in the future
Publisher: T.M. Fairman
Source: in author (in exchange for honest review)
Rating: 3/5 stars
Content: 2/5. Lots of drama (that is pretty depressing), lots of mentions of death and dying.
3 Days: A Passion by T.M. Fairman
Within the aftermath of an epidemic that has been contained through sacrifice rather than cure, a young woman discovers she has contracted the Disease.
She has three days to live.
Society has deemed her irredeemable and requires her to pass her last three days in quarantine; a sacrifice for its own preservation.
Her only link to the life she once had is her husband.
Together they must try to battle with their demons.
Together they must try to discover how their love can be expressed during separation and in the face of death
Together they must wrestle with the issues of love and loss, grief, depression and hope before finally having to say goodbye to each other.
On this sad, but beautiful journey, they are faced with the questions;
Where does the light come from in their lives?
What happens when that light goes out?
What is there beyond life itself?
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I gave this book 3/5 stars. It was okay. If I were to lean more on my personal tastes than my honest opinion of the actual book, it’d be closer to 2/5 stars.
Let’s start with the plot. It seemed a little too slowly paced to me. I understand that the author probably wanted to add to the drama with lots of description, flashbacks, etc., but I found it a bit boring. Which is odd, because I’m used to lot of description in classics, etc.
Also, the ending disappointed me a little. (Highlight to read spoilers) I wanted to see the Disease cured! What’s the point if we can’t see the disease cured? (End of spoilers)
By the end of the book, we still didn’t understand where the Disease came from, what it was, how it could be cured. I know it probably stands for something allegorical, but it bugged me.
(Highlight to read spoilers) Also, we never really learned if either of them became Christians or not, or arrived at any decision spiritually. (End of spoilers)
The characters were all vividly painted, and I got to know them very well. We never really learned any of their names, which I thought was cool. The husband sounded like a great guy, and I loved how he learned to cope towards the end. The wife was … well, I liked her, but I feel like we learned more about her from her husband than from anything else, so her character development was a little more show than tell.
There was a lot more show than tell in this book, but it didn’t really effect the book that much. It’s a style I rather appreciate. The writing of this book really reminds me of Elizabeth Goudge with maybe a dash of Charles Dickens.
I found it to be a little cheesy, too. I know, I know. I shouldn’t say that about something that’s a great tribute to married love, but … well … it just was a little too much sometimes.
Overall, this was a thoughtful novel. Although I feel like it could have ended better and the setting could have been better explained, this is a good book for people who enjoy lengthy prose and well-developed characters.