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Three hundred years ago, something terrifying 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. When they discover that their water supply is being poisoned Down Below, an expedition, including seventeen year-old girlThree hundred years ago, something terrifying 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. When they discover that their water supply is being poisoned Down Below, an expedition, including seventeen year-old girl Icelyn Brathius, must descend and face the monsters, the Threat Below, that wiped out civilization centuries ago. Icelyn quickly learns that all is not what it seems as she uncovers secrets hundreds of years old and struggles to stay alive in a world where no human is fit to survive....

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Number of Pages : 508 Pages
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The Threat Below Reviews

  • Melissa
    2019-03-03 14:51

    What a fantastic surprise! What an ABSOLUTELY AWESOME book! When I first saw The Threat Below, I was apprehensive. There are SO many YA dystopian books out there. I wasn't sure that this one was going to be much different than the rest. But with a whole lot of positive reviews, and thankfully a bit of time on my hands, I decided to give it a go. And I'm SO GLAD that I did! I had already decided on my top 5 books of the year, a list compiled in my head - awaiting December for me to put it together and blog it, not expecting the next month and a half to bring me anything worthy... Now its going to have to be changed! Yes, this book was THAT GOOD!!Set in the distant future, Icelyn is the heir to Mountaintop, a place where the remaining existence of humanity lives high up on a mountain, separated from the world below. They are separated by a wall, and further below is a thick cloud covering that makes visualising the world below impossible. They have lived this way for hundreds of years. But now their water supply has been tainted, and people are dying. Someone has to go down below to save them all...This wasn't your typical YA dystopian book. It was EPIC. But so easy to read! Think The Silo Series by Hugh Howey, meets A Game of Thrones with a touch of The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes and a sprinkle of The Sparrow rolled into a fantastic YA read. But I don't think this is just a YA Book! Even though the central characters are young, I am sure this book will be enjoyed by just about anyone!This book captured me from the first chapter! What a fantastic premise! It has EVERYTHING! Excitement, action, adventure, un-worldly creatures, romance, power, betrayal, love, hate, violence, BEARS!! IT HAS BEARS!!! I could keep going!The characters are FANTASTIC! Every one of them, from the dickheads up on Mountaintop, attempting to out play and our power each other... To the young ones stuck below cloudline. Each character brings a unique energy to the book. Usually quite a lot of characters in a book annoys me, mostly because I can't keep up because I read so fast! I get confused with names and who is who when there is an abundance of characters. The only thing I got confused about at the beginning of this one was the difference between Torrain, Tranton and the Tarlinius, (All the T's) but after it got going it didn't take long at all to become engaged with EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER!The book doesn't go any way you expect it to and I love that. You have no idea what is waiting around the corner, all you know is that HAVE to see what's waiting there!The only thing I almost don't like about this book, is the strange little almost love triangle thing that Icelyn has got between Ad and Torrain. I get that love triangles are often pivotal in most YA books... I understand why they appeal to younger audiences, what is more young adult than the perils of love?... And in this book it wasn't too bad. Its just love triangles in general piss me off but I didn't hate it enough to deduct stars from it, so that's saying something.Another thing that I feel doesn't quite do the book justice is the cover. It just doesn't really grab your attention. Honestly if it was based on the cover alone I wouldn't have read it. I would hate to think that others are missing out on such a fantastic book because of it. Don't get me wrong, its not a "bad" cover... It just lacks something for me. I know that when I first look at a book I only really take a quick glance at the cover. My initial feeling about this cover was "Meh...". Also because the authors name is so big down the bottom (in plain font that again, doesn't do the book justice) I didn't even really look at what was behind it. I didn't realise that there was a monster down there. It wasn't until I read reviews and considered reading the book that I looked closer and realised that there was a monster down there and that were thick clouds below the mountain, not water or some kind of red sea. The cover can make or break a book, and this one doesn't do it for me. However I loved the small illustrations at the start of each chapter that made it clear where the chapter was set.Nevertheless, once you start the book you CANNOT stop. Or at least, I couldn't. Thought it was absolutely fantastic! Loved the complex story and the relationships between all the characters and creatures. I thought it was truly original and undeniably worthy the whole 5 stars!Would I recommend it?ABSOLUTELY! Read it and tell me what you think of it! I'm DYING to discuss it with someone!"Life is exactly what it is, and nothing more."Many thanks to author Jason Latshaw via WordSlinger for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.For more reviews visit my blogwww.booksbabiesbeing.comFollow me on twitterwww.twitter.com/BBB_Mel

  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    2019-03-06 18:32

    You can find my review on our blog by clicking here.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. In fact, the whole novel is built upon solid and well-documented premises for a dystopia. Because the chapters were extremely short, but numerous, it was nearly impossible to avoid pointing out all the ideas one by one. From a restricted and controlled allocation of resources for survival to the division of the people in different factions (this book preferred to split the humans in Veritas and Cognates), you’re bound to feel the heavy density of the high altitudes. Although Jason Latshaw didn’t hide his various attempts in building the perfect world for his story, the themes discussed are intriguing.The best part of this novel lies in the world-building. Humanity is restrained to live their lives on the tip of a mountain, and if that wasn’t obvious enough, the privileges they have are stripped down to a need-to-survive basis. While the Cognates are seen as intellectually superior, their faction has evolved without pleasures as we know them (music, art, freedom to love whom we wish, etc.). The Veritas, obeying the orders of the Cognates in order to maintain the harmony in the society, have a much more similar culture and beliefs as their common ancestors before The Great Death happened. While the two factions live their lives with the sole intention to survive and perpetuate the existence of humans, the story leads readers to discover all the thing they take for granted in our current age and time; yes, of course, I’m talking about our age and time, my friend. As Icelyn and friends discover the secrets of the past, they also question some fundamental existential questions (sometimes weakly approached) and make this novel a fascinating read (and sometimes a poor one).My biggest downsides to Jason Latshaw’s debut novel is the ensemble of characters and the narration. As much as I enjoyed the succulent ideas implemented in the novel, I fear the characters (especially our dear protagonist) ruined it all for me. Icelyn’s thought processes and decision-making is dumbfounding; especially when she’s the main narrator for most of the novel. Her character simply annoyed me too much. From the moment she was introduced, I knew there was no way she was going to evolve into someone more likable or realistic. Her tone, her reactions, her attitude, there’s nothing satisfying in her presence. To top it off, her adventure unveils some really big twists, but her adaptation to these events was really outlandish, impossible to understand and beyond reason.It also didn’t help that there was a ridiculous love triangle in the mix. I understand that Icelyn (a Cognate) hasn’t known physical contact or learned the depths of love in her life, but the love triangle that was implemented in The Threat Below was just awkward and unnecessary. At least Icelyn’s sidekicks had some more interesting aspects to their personas; although the whole cast were a burden to carry around the adventure. I really think that if it weren’t for the world-building and the various themes that were tackled upon, this book would’ve flopped. With weak characters that tried too hard to be something, a porous narration was all that was needed to drag this down. And that’s what we get. With the innumerable transitions, there was no way I was going to get hooked to the characters. As much as having 1st class seats into the mind of the protagonist should give great insight, this narration did nothing more than showcase flaws, after flaws, after flaws.Although the ending was easily predictable, The Threat Below is filled with potential. It explores themes from love, religion to creativity, and never seizes to find an interesting angle to explore. The characters and the narration might have dragged the experience to something borderline enjoyable, I still thought this novel is quite an adventure and could deliver a strong sequel. There might have been some major plot holes and some rushing through events, here and then, but the overall experience leads me conclude that The Threat Below is worth a short. Compared to various other dystopian tales, this young adult novel has an interesting vision and Jason Latshaw doesn’t shy from diving into some controversial themes thanks to his unique world-building. In fact, there are a thing or two we can learn from this. Hopefully, the next installment will deliver on all fronts.Yours truly,LashaanLashaan & Trang | Bloggers and Book ReviewersOfficial blog: http://bookidote.wordpress.com_____________________________There's some really interesting ideas scattered around the story. I enjoyed how it flipped the way we see the world thanks to the world-building. In fact, by making the main character's world look primitive helped enormously in making all her discoveries more fascinating (even if this is a post--apocalyptic future). However, the characters are very annoying. They're filled with flaws and are utterly incoherent. The protagonist showcases this the most. The narration is also one to add headaches. The constant flipping between point of views and the annoying voice of Icelyn (the main character) made the adventure something I wanted to end as soon as possible. Sadly, the obvious ending didn't help in making this novel a better debut novel.P.S. A full review to come very soon.Yours truly,LashaanLashaan & Trang | Bloggers and Book ReviewersOfficial blog: http://bookidote.wordpress.com

  • Patrick Hodges
    2019-02-24 21:30

    When faced with the daunting prospect of reading The Threat Below, an epic dystopian story of over 500 pages, my biggest worry was that the story would feel overlong and end up losing my interest before I reached the end.I needn't have worried.One of the reason for this was the unique way Mr. Latshaw wrote the story. Telling it in not only first-person but third-person, and keeping the chapters nice and short so we don't lose focus (except for one whopping big chapter in the middle - which I'm not going to say jack about, read the book yourself), The Threat Below is a surprisingly quick read for its length.Young Icelyn, a young woman born to what passes for privilege in the last remaining human colony, a society of 100 people that is divided into the Cognates (politicians) and the Veritas (working schlubs), must venture below the Cloudline when their society is threatened with extinction. What she discovers at ground level, as the myths and legends surrounding the decimation of mankind and the reason for their ancestors settling on Mountaintop in the first place are revealed, rocks her world to its foundation. The character of Icelyn is an interesting mixture, as most teenage girls are - she's headstrong, petulant, sometimes whiny and unsympathetic, but in the end, she possesses an inner strength that she must use to carry the story through to its conclusion.The book is fast-paced, well-edited, and entertaining as hell. I have to give massive kudos to Jason Latshaw for swinging for the fences in his literary debut. I can only guess how the next chapter in this saga is going to go. (But please, Jason, keep it under 1000 pages... my bookshelf is only so big.)

  • L.J. Higgins
    2019-03-20 22:37

    I LOVED this book, and despite its length, I didn’t once lose interest and could not put it down. It was an epic adventure unlike any I have read before. Icelynn Brathius, lives in a post-apocalyptic world on the top of a mountain, which is always surrounded in cloud, making it impossible to view the world below. The small community are the only humans that survived when the threat below began to slaughter the rest of their kind. Who and what are the threat below? No-one knows, and no-one dares to find out for themselves. That is until a situation arises where the communities lives depend on a small group who are chosen to save them all. (Sorry my description is so vague, don’t want to give anything away!)This book had me hooked from the beginning. The characters were real, they had their strengths and flaws, and each of them were products of their different upbringings. To be honest I found it hard to pick a favourite, each of them made me hate and love them at different points throughout the story, but where this would normally turn me off, it was done in a way that made me love them more. I could never have predicted where this story would go and gave up trying to work out what was going to happen next. Instead I let it take me on a journey through the world Jason Latshaw created.I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series, and have a weird desire to see a threat below! I highly recommend this book!

  • Midu Hadi
    2019-02-23 14:44

    I won this book in a giveaway and the author, Jason Latshaw, was kind enough to send the 500-paged book all the way to Pakistan. This is why, I started scribbling on the book when I started to read it, so that I did it justice.The first annotation that I added:Ten pages in and discrimination has already raised its ugly head!The only people who survive the disaster that kills everybody else are now living on top of a mountain since the rest of the world has turned hostile. Among them, the Cognates are the thinkers and thus more superior to the Veritas who are doers. The discriminatory status is quite clear right from the start. It is also very much a part of the female protagonist, Icelyn. She may have feelings for a boy who belongs to the class of Veritas but the discrimination is so deeply ingrained that it is plain to see.An ExampleWhich brings me to Icelyn's character. She is self-absorbed to such an extreme that you keep thinking she couldn't possibly be any more so. You'd be wrong! That's because the girl who already has a god complex discovers a whole sect of creatures who worship her! I could go on and on about her character flaws. Instead, I will let this highly useful post do it for me. It talks about how NOT to write teenage characters.Icelyn was not a very likeable person. She discriminated, had a superiority complex, and vacillated between feeling a child who needs her parents to protect her at certain times and takes over the Mountain and kicks her father off the throne. But most of all, she was a master manipulator. She was as good as her ancestor, who had created the monsters, had been at manipulation. She could make them believe that she loved them and then order them to their deaths! Even with all that, there is no character growth when it comes to Icelyn.The second thing I noticed was the author's penchant for adding details in parentheses. So many of these details came off as afterthoughts that they might have added during editing. It sounded like they wanted to explain away any doubts the reader have about the story.On the other hand, certain things that require explanation are lacking it. Adorane using squirrels to send messages inscribed on nuts is one instance. Where did he learn to do that? How did he train the squirrels? Why are we just hearing of this? Why is it never mentioned again?It was then while reading seventh chapter that I got to the biggest issue that I had with the book: jumping points of view (PoVs). They jump enough to give you whiplash. You had to keep guessing which character is doing the talking!In case, you have started to think that this book is not for you, these beautiful pieces of writing from it might change your mind:"I could even live in the Lost Labyrinth -- the vast unmapped mines that the Kith dug over the centuries, endlessly searching for metals and minerals. They could use a good haunting, and I could be a lost soul aimlessly wandering.""On the western side of our Mountain, a giant stretch of blue -- the ocean!-- goes on as far as I can see. This water's alive and angry in places, rising up and slapping the land where they meet, and then retreating to gather energy and do it again. Where the shore and water collide, waves explode into pure white, bursting into the sky like a celebration.""Fear is the most elegant weapon Your hands are never messy, Threatening bodily harm is crude. Work, instead on minds and beliefs, play insecurities like a piano. Be creative in approach. Force anxiety to excruciating levels or gently undermine the public confidence. Panic drives herds over cliffs. When nothing is safe, sacred, or sane, there is no respite from horror. Absolutes are quicksilver. Results are spectacular.""If I invented a god, he would carry a flare or a lamp or something more magical than a hammer. I wonder, does Ad's god tote a hammer, or some other tool? Maybe a mixer or a chopper. Never know when a god might need to mix or chop something.""No! They were machines. They had engines that drew energy from a liquid called gasoline. Believe or not, gasoline was the liquefied remains of monsters who has died millions of years ago, called Dinosaurs." Yeah, may be just a tad exaggerated but fun to read. How would we describe our technology to someone from the past (or a post-apocalyptic future)? Would they even believe us or act like Icelyn did:"Machines drinking the liquefied corpses of giant lizards so that they can carry people around inside, as if they're grand wheelbarrows come alive? What ever could be considered fanciful about that?"I think I found an allusion to The Hobbit in the book. Icelyn compares the many colored fishes to treasure in this words: (Apriori are the people who had been alive before the disaster took place.)"Belubus uses to read an ancient book to me, written for Apriori children, about a great hidden treasure guarded by a giant dragon."Another thing that I wanted to share was a scene that stayed with me. It described what happened after the monsters who had brought about the apocalypse had killed for the first time. They ate the woman's (Shai's) flesh and then:"Amp hangs the husk of Shai on the wall, from a hook where Mister Sean would often place his coats."After reading the description of the monsters or Threatbelows, I imagined they would look like this:Amp would be different and look like this guy:This is how I imagined Omathius would be:All of them had sharp claws and Icelyn's ice blue eyes:There are cute illustrations at the beginning of each chapter that tell you where the events are taking place: I was reading the reviews for the book on Goodreads and found an opinion that I completely agree with. It also sums my review beautifully:Also reviewed at:BLBSWPLI

  • Michelle Lynn
    2019-03-15 19:37

    Wow - there's so much I want to say about this book. When I flipped the final page on my kindle, I immediately came to goodreads to see if the second book is out yet. Alas, I will have to wait. First of all, let me say that I don't do weird. The mutts in the Hunger Games took Mockingjay down a notch for me and I would never touch a book like The Fifth Wave if Rick Yancey's commentary on humanity didn't hit me right in the feels. Well, parts of this book got weird and I was surprised that I found myself loving it. That's a testament to the quality of the writing that it can take a genre skeptic like myself and turn them into a believer. Now, onto the book. Humanity is on it's last legs. Hundreds of years ago, they retreated high up into the mountains to escape the end of their way of living that was happening below. The current residents have stories and legends about the creatures that lurk below but no one that has ventured down has ever returned so that's all they are - myths. When their water supply is poisoned from far below cloudline, an expedition into the unknown must be taken. Icelyn is a teenage girl destined to be the next leader of her people because of the name she bares. But, when she doubts her father's methods of ruling, she has a decision to make. What she finds as a result of that decision is more than she could have ever imagined. I loved every single character in this story and the world that has been created is outstanding. I could see it all so clearly and I was oddly fascinated and terrified at the same time. Sure, there were a few things I didn't particularly like (the ending comes to mind), but when I can't stop reading and finish desperate for more, that book deserves as many stars as I'm allowed to give.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-19 20:30

    So everyone seems to love this book... and while the story is good there I had some serious issues with this book including how its written, the characters and plot holes/discrepancies. The characters live by a strict and oddly inconsistent "Code" - which once the backstory of the founder of their community is revealed, becomes even more confusing because nothing is really provided to explain what the Code was designed to actually accomplish or why the rules are laid out as they are.The narration/point of view is a bit of a mess, changing mid-chapter, or even after a paragraph, with no rhyme or reason or cue to the reader.Technology is an interesting problem, where 300+ year old items seem to magically appear/be found in mostly working order and characters who would have no idea what said objects are (or do they? the descriptions of the education the characters receive varies wildly) can instantly identify, repair, and use them.The passage of time is unclear - parts that happen in a day result in the character aging up, even in appearance, and then in other points of view, the passage of a day is treated like a month.Additionally the main character's thoughts, beliefs, and behavior don't match yet the only cognitive dissonance she seems to suffer is related to her personal relationships.I think this story could actually make a really good TV show - but in order for it to be successful as a novel, it needs some work and a good editorial team.

  • Max Power
    2019-03-11 15:43

    In all things Dystopian, there is a part of me I have to leave at the door. That being said, this well-crafted, quite complex book with a great premise. I love the does exactly what it says on the tin title and the setting, characterisation and indeed the world that has been created here are from the mind of a clever, inventive author. It was an enjoyable read perhaps the end let me down although I am guessing this is for sequel territory. A dystopian fans delight I would suggest, lots to engage the reader. There are some magnificent characters although strangely enough perhaps the main character Icelyn is my least favourite, and the societal structures are so well thought out and planned I was quite impressed with the complexity involved in creating this book. The switch of perspectives is something I personally dislike unless it is really tight and this certainly impacted my enjoyment but it is a minor quibble for a book that has so much to offer. A feast for the Dystopian fan for sure.

  • Bill Ward
    2019-03-09 18:21

    Although this is a YA book and I'm in my sixties, I really loved the book and never felt I was reading something unsuitable for my age! I think this is mostly because of the fantastic, dystopian world, the author creates. The age of the characters was irrelevant, as the author's imagination immersed me in a futuristic, fantasy world, where the survivors of humanity have been living up a mountain for hundreds of years, never daring to venture below. When a threat to their water supply forces them to leave the mountain top, the action really hots up. The characters continually develop during the story and there are a few surprises in store for the reader. This is quite a long book but it always held my attention. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

  • Mark
    2019-03-10 14:32

    This is a post-apocalyptic tale featuring teen leads and set in a throw-back world that offers new challenges and new adventures to the people who inhabit it. As the teens do what teens do, rebelling against authority, following their curiosity into new situations—the dangers be damned—the tale opens up accordingly into forbidden realms of ever-increasing peril. Unlike many such tales, this one has a pleasant feel of adventure to it, which strikes an upbeat note against all the darkness.

  • Denise
    2019-02-25 22:32

    Couldn't seem to put this down. Characters were enjoyable and prime for growing and developing throughout the story. Interesting how our greed can destroy the world, and emotions seem to bring humanity back.

  • Madeleine Holly-Rosing
    2019-03-20 22:27

    In a post-apocalyptic future, the remnants of humanity have been driven to a place they call Mountaintop by a menace so devastating they simply refer to it as “The Threat Below.” Their rigid class structure of the elite intellectual Cognates and the worker class of the Veritas has produced a fragile society with dwindling resources. But like all human societies, politics and power replaces good sense and resentment from the lower class challenges the status quo. Especially, when they discover that their water source is being contaminated by those they thought were simply beasts.The main thrust of the story is told through the eyes of seventeen year old, Icelyn Brathius, a Cognate and the future leader of this small community. But Icelyn has a bit of the adventurer in her and is easily coerced into breaking the rules by her best friend (and secret crush), Adorane, a Veritas. It is an odd match as Cognates are atheists and consider Veritas to be their intellectual inferior who still believe in God. However, Adorane’s innate intelligence and striking good looks draw Icelyn to him. When the leaders of Mountaintop discover their water is being poisoned, it causes political strife which results in a group of Veritas men, including Adorane, being sent below what is known as the Cloudline to fix the water problem. (POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD) Icelyn follows thinking she can save Adorane, but becomes the perceived savior of those humanity fears the most—The Threat Below.Written in both the first and third person, this would normally put my teeth on edge, but it works well in this case. The story is a richly drawn world with the humans on Mountaintop considered to be living in Shangri La by those below. It reminds me a little of the Star Trek episode “The Cloud Minders” where those who lived on the surface of the planet served those who lived in the clouds and eventually revolted. Mountaintop itself is a microcosm of that dynamic while the larger world mirrors it. Little do those who live below know that most of the humans live a culturally barren existence. This is a very enjoyable and strong first novel with a nice twist to the usual “Hunger Games” and “Insurgent” knockoffs. My main nitpick would be with the character of Icelyn. She comes across as whiny, privileged and uncompromising in her beliefs until it suits her needs. Then she is willing to toss it away in order to maintain the privileged position she lost on Mountaintop. However, since this is the first book in the series, I suspect the writer is setting us up for a slow character arc and Icelyn will gradually learn that being a God comes with consequences she may not have anticipatedSince my time is very limited, I usually read before I go to bed and this was the first book in a while where I looked forward to getting to it when the house got quiet. I very much want to learn what happens in this beautiful, yet tortured world that Mr. Latshaw has created. Kuddos to him for doing such a fine job.This review was originally posted on Fanboy Comics.

  • Book
    2019-02-23 21:24

    “The Threat Below”, a debut novel written by Jason Seth Latshaw is first installment in author’s “Brathius History” series - Latshaw brought a dystopian theme so popular these days, though he told the story in a way that made his book special in the genre. The story begins 300 years after “The Great Death”, an unexplained catastrophe that wiped out almost all the human race. Those hundred that remained alive, managed to find safe haven in a place named Mountaintop, up at the top of a high mountain that together with wall and dense clouds protects them from something called “Threat Below”.The main character is called Icelyn Brathius, a 17 years old daughter of colony leader and direct descendent of the person who led people 300 years ago up the mountain to find protection. The problem will arise when water supply becomes poisoned and both our main hero and her two friends are going to descend from their safe house in the sky, trying to find out what happened meantime below…Though his fiction debut, Jason Seth Latshaw managed with the very first work to bring some fresh air into the genre and present the well-developed and intelligently crafted dystopian future. Especially interesting is the way how Latshaw through his story succeeds to speak about human nature and while we slowly learn what happened with our society 300 years ago we are also becoming aware of all the bad consequences that greed and lust for power are producing in real world. In that way the author cleverly achieved that his novel is not only another one in a series of dystopian works present all around these days.The only aspect of novel that sometimes can be confusing (but still doesn’t influence the overall experience) are shifts of narrator – though Latshaw decided to mix both first and third person perspective, it is bit unclear why he decided to introduce omniscient narrator in chapters told from Icelyn’s perspective.Still, “The Threat Below” can be fully recommended read not only for the readers that enjoy YA dystopian reads, but also all those willing to consider some fundamental questions about human existence and the beliefs that Jason Seth Latshaw with his novel raised.I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.

  • Hayley Barrett
    2019-03-15 19:45

    The Threat Below is the story of Icelyn, daughter of the Chief Cognate of a small village of one hundred people. They live at the top of a mountain because to go down below is considered dangerous. Icelyn though, ends up going below despite the danger to her life and discovers many things about the world and herself that she didn't expect.Firstly, let me say that the world building in this novel is outstanding. The author has clearly spent a lot of time and consideration on his world and it shows. The setting is delivered well and the characters understanding of their world is perfectly fitting given the history. I loved the first half of this book, absolutely loved it. Icelyn's character was great, even if she was a little unlikable some of the time (this was totally fitting for her character), and her relationships with her parents, Ad and Torrain were all perfectly written. (I'll also add here that I loved the growth in Torrain's character through the book - started off hating him, ending up liking him). The pace was also great, and made me want to read more. I also loved the premise of them being stuck up a mountain, too scared to go down, happy enough to continue the way their people always had in the past.However, for me there was a lull in the action around half way that didn't pick up again until the end. I am glad I continued reading because I did enjoy the last part of the book. The other thing that bothered me - this is a personal opinion and probably won't bother others - was the switch to the omni narrator. This has nothing to do with the way it was written and is purely a personal choice.Overall, this was a really good book that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to those who enjoy young adult dystopia novels.

  • Jamie Johnson
    2019-02-21 14:29

    For fans Of Strong heroines and tales of adventure So I found this Book when I was in need of a great adventure and a strong heroine. I found it super easy to read in writing style. She is part of a upper-class called the Cognate. Her father is technically the ruler of the town. And her best friend and secret crush is Adorne. He is part of the lower-class called Veritas who are given more work,less food and are to show the Cognate full respect. They are both engaged to someone in their own class. There becomes a problem when I Icelands mother get sick and they find out there's a problem with the water. Brave Adorne wants to go down to the line master and find out why the food shortage and fix the problem with the water. They've been warned of the dangers monsters below cloud line in Iceland won't let her friend go without her she will do whatever she can to make sure they stay alive and she has something special that has happened to her that might just save their lives on the way down. Once it down they find a whole new world filled with beauty and color and realize that Iceland maybe even more important than anybody could've believed possibly even Almighty. I encourage everyone to give Iceland story I read. We all love a love story and adventure just when you think Iceland adventure is winding down it picks up intake she even further than you could ever imagine. Iceland's fiancé is determined to win her love and may even become someone worthy. I'm excited to read the next books in the series. The only other advice I give you is that there are three men in this book that start with a T. Torrin is Iceland fiancé so hopefully that helps you ,enjoy the story!

  • Wendi Wilson
    2019-02-20 17:51

    The Threat Below is a very unique and intriguing story. I can honestly say I've never read anything like it and the concept is very interesting and exciting- what's left of mankind fled to a mountain top 300 years prior. No one really knows what the "threatbelows" are, just that leaving the safety of the mountaintop means a certain and violent death. There's an expedition to the valley below to eliminate a threat that would mean a slow and agonizing death to the whole community and faces the threat below. A girl and two boys venture further and make amazing discoveries, face danger at every corner and discover the history of mankind.I liked the uniqueness of this story. My favorite character is Torrain, who slowly discovers himself and grows monumentally throughout the book- going from a sullen, spoiled brat to a man that basically saves everyone. The second half of the book was action packed and exciting and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.I did, however have a problem getting through the first half. It took me 15 days to read this 500+ page book, which is a really long time for me, and 12 of those days were just getting to 60%. I felt like there was too much- too much going off into tangents that I didn't feel were necessary, too much description. The story just seemed to drag. I'm glad I got through it though. The second half was worth it.Just a warning, this book alternates between first and third person. First person is always the same character, though, so it's not hard to keep track. Overall, I give it a solid 3-3.5 stars.

  • May Panayi
    2019-03-21 14:38

    It takes a special kind of talent to create a whole new world, summoning to mind the likes of Tolkein and books like Dragonlance Chronicles, but Latshaw has done it with this epic saga.Every time I put my kindle down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again and see what the characters were up to now. A new adventure at every turn. Death and danger and the unknown, mixed with romance. I don't feel I can say anything about the story without giving things away about the Threat below and Icelyn and Adorane's quest. But you will find yourself immersed in this story and glad to be.

  • Jonathan Maas
    2019-02-25 17:39

    5 Stars for this Innovative Tale that Brings You to Another WorldGot done with this one awhile ago - getting to the review just now! Great tale, a lot of fun - just takes you out of your own world and brings you to another one.Probably only thing I could say how it could be improved is that we need another one! Jason Latshaw - looking forward to Brathius History #2

  • Doris Marcantel
    2019-02-23 18:39

    Good book!I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading g more books from this author!!! Great job to the author!

  • Gordon Bickerstaff
    2019-03-18 17:24

    Thoroughly enjoyable readThis is essentially an epic YA dystopian sci-fi fantasy but it will appeal to readers of any age. It centres on two human societies - those on top of the mountain and those who live below the cloud line who threaten the survival of those on the mountain top. Central character, Icelyn Brathius and a group must bravely descend below the cloud line and into the unknown to deal with the threat. I like Icelyn, she is a well-drawn and fascinating with surprising and unusual facets to her character. The fascinating world in which the story takes place is very well imagined and easy to follow. I enjoyed the story, which does have some slow flat spots and is a little too long for my personal taste but it is well written and balanced with good action/adventure and interesting characters that kept me turning the pages. Highly recommended.

  • Kathy Cunningham
    2019-03-19 16:36

    Jason Latshaw’s THE THREAT BELOW is a gripping YA post-apocalyptic adventure story set three centuries after an unexplained event (called “The Great Death”) destroyed most human life on Earth. The few remaining humans (100 in total) are living in a place called “Mountaintop,” at the top of a great mountain, protected from the enigmatic “Threat Below” by a huge Wall and a thick ring of dense clouds called the “Cloudline.” The society’s “Code” prohibits any resident of Mountaintop from venturing beyond the Wall and the Cloudline for fear of the Threat Below. The central protagonist is 17-year-old Icelyn Brathius, daughter of the colony’s leader and descendent of the man who led the survivors up the mountain in the first place. When the colony’s water supply is mysteriously poisoned, Icelyn and two of her friends end up risking everything to descend from Mountaintop and discover what’s really going on in the world Below.The first part of this novel focuses on Icelyn’s society on Mountaintop – how it works, how it’s ruled, and what life is like for Icelyn and her two potential boyfriends, Adorane (“Ah-dor-ah-nay”) and Torrain. The colony is made up of two distinct classes, the physically strong Veritas and the intellectually strong Cognate. The Cognate are the ruling class, while the Veritas are the society’s labor force. This is a claustrophobic society with limited space, even more limited resources, and few freedoms. Marriages are arranged (Torrain is Icelyn’s “Intended,” even though she feels more drawn to Adorane), and all decisions are made by the Chief Cognate, who isn’t a particularly strong leader. Because of that, things in Mountaintop begin to fall apart after the water is poisoned, especially when the Chief’s power-hungry advisor embarks on a dangerous plan to claim leadership for himself.But Icelyn’s story is the heart of the novel. Her journey down the mountain is both dangerous and exciting, and the farther she gets from the only world she has ever known, the more she learns about what really happened centuries ago . . . and why. The mystery is a compelling one, and it’s definitely what kept me reading. I wanted to know the answers – and there are answers. What Icelyn discovers is both horrifying and totally believable. Knowing this is the first of a planned series of books, I was concerned that Latshaw would leave us waiting before revealing the truth. But he doesn’t. While there is definitely plenty of room for sequels, THE THREAT BELOW has a real resolution and a satisfying conclusion in its own right. I still look forward to the second book, but not because of a frustrating cliff-hanger! The most interesting aspects of this novel are definitely its focus on philosophy and religion. There is no approved religion in Mountaintop, but that hasn’t kept the Veritas from secretly practicing ancient religious beliefs. And the creatures Icelyn and her friends encounter Below have their own form of religion, one that involves Icelyn and the Brathius family. Latshaw raises questions about whether religion (and belief in God and Heaven) is a help or a hindrance. Icelyn suspects that such magical thinking (as she sees it) is a false way of looking at the world, but Adorane (who’s a Veritas, and was raised to believe) finds it comforting. This debate is further complicated by Icelyn’s decision to play a god-like role herself with the creatures she meets Below. Is she helping them or hurting them? Additionally, the novel explores human attitudes and behavior by shining a very harsh light on how and why the world as we know it was destroyed. While Icelyn is Below discovering the truth about her own history, her little colony on Mountaintop is learning what human greed, anger, and thirst for power can produce. We’re used to stories in which humans battle monsters; this is a story about how monstrous we humans can become. I do have a few minor criticisms of this novel. First, the POV shifts can be confusing. Some chapters are narrated by Icelyn, but other chapters (and even parts of Icelyn’s chapters) are told in third person by an omniscient narrator. This can get confusing, especially when it happens within one chapter. One minute Icelyn is telling us what’s happening, and the next minute a third-person narrator is picking up her story. There are also a few consistency problems that had me scratching my head. For example, Icelyn speaks of attending school, taking essay tests, and participating in an elocution class, all of which seem ridiculous for a girl raised on an isolated mountaintop hundreds of years after the fall of humanity! With a society this small (there are only 100 citizens in Mountaintop, and only 36 of them are Cognates, most of those being adults), the whole concept of traditional school (with public speaking classes and essay tests) makes little sense. Additionally, it’s unlikely that flashlight batteries and oxygen tanks would still function after three centuries! Finally, what happens in the last few chapters happens so fast, with so little development and so little time to process, that I was left wondering why. This is such a well-crafted and thoughtful novel, but the final conflict felt oddly anticlimactic. But those are minor quibbles in what is definitely an exciting, thought-provoking, and engaging adventure story. Ultimately, THE THREAT BELOW reminds me a lot of Justin Cronin’s THE PASSAGE trilogy (there’s a similarity in plot and message), as well as the rebooted “Planet of the Apes” films (humanity’s role in the decimation of the planet is a major theme). But Latshaw’s novel is definitely his own. I highly recommend THE THREAT BELOW for both teen and adult readers. And I will definitely keep my eye out for the sequel!

  • Isis
    2019-02-24 15:50

    I would like to thank Word Slinger Publicity for a copy of this book to review. Though I received this book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review. Goodreads Teaser: "Three hundred years ago, something terrifying 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. When they discover that their water supply is being poisoned Down Below, an expedition, including seventeen year-old girl Icelyn Brathius, must descend and face the monsters, the Threat Below, that wiped out civilization centuries ago. Icelyn quickly learns that all is not what it seems as she uncovers secrets hundreds of years old and struggles to stay alive in a world where no human is fit to survive."First off, let me say I'd seen no prior reviews of this book, and my only knowledge of it came from the jacket teaser. I came to this story with no preconceived ideas beyond those which the blurb provided - dystopian, adventure, obstacles to overcome, personal growth, possible romance. And it provided the dystopian future, but the closest it came for me in the obstacles to overcome area where the characters themselves. Most specifically the main protagonist, Icelyn Brathius. Icelyn is the daughter of the ruler of the remnants of humanity, or roughly 100 or so souls. Now part of her attitude isn't her fault, as she's grown up privileged in a very classist society. Of course she comes from the ruling class, those prized for their mental abilities, known as the Cognates. The Veritas are those who prize the physical; they are also the second-class citizens in this last little pocket of humanity. That's the ways it's always been and the way it'll always be. At least Icelyn thinks so, when she can be bothered to think of it at all. Sadly Icelyn is so beyond self-absorbed that it was a true struggle for me to read this book. She gets into situations that are prime opportunities for her to learn and grow as a person, yet she never does. She can see flaws in others, yet she never recognizes those same flaws in herself. She is narrow minded, and does not even contemplate change in herself. If any change is to happen it should be for her benefit. Even later in the book when it appears she's changing, she isn't really. It's still all about her. Her father, the Chief Cognate and ruler of all humans, is a weak man with no ruling abilities and less spine. But he descends from Sean Brathius, the man who saved the pitiful few humans from the Threatbelow. And as such he is automatically the ruler, as his father before him, and his daughter after him. There has never been a time when a Brathius was not the ruler of the Kith, or remaining people. But it would seem that others see the truth of this error, even if they make no move to change it. There are two teenaged boys that are also protagonists - Adorane and Torrain. Torrain is Icelyn's betrothed, and has been for many years. And though she treats him horribly he still wants to win her affection. Even levelheaded, smart Adorane is enamored of Icelyn. They were best friends when young, before their social class began separating them. Even after Adorane is betrothed to a girl of his own class they remain friends, and though Adorane hides it well, he carries a torch for Icy (one of his pet nicknames for her). So though I'd like to care about one, or both, of these characters, I can't get past their blindness to Icelyn's unending list of massive flaws. If the story centered around either of the boys I might have found more enjoyment in it, for they both undergo personal challenges and come out the better for them. They both grow and mature, and yet their constant devotion to Icelyn is inexplicable to me, leaving me unable to fathom their characters as being remotely grounded in reality. Strangely enough the characters that I did empathize with were the Anahgwins. As the truth of their history unfolds it reveals them to be the harmed victims, not humanity. They are no different than all the other species that we tried to alter, tame, or eradicate. Well, they are different in two ways - one being that we weren't able to eradicate them at all. In fact, truth be told, humans are the cause of all their own problems - as always. So as a story with a moral to be learned, this one most certainly has one. I'm not sure how many readers feel as I do, siding with the so-called antagonists, but for me their story is the one I wanted more of. As we learn the truth behind the Threat Belows and their relationship to humanity we begin to see history repeat itself, with the same deadly consequences. That is assuming you were able to make it through roughly the first 375-400 pages of non-stop annoyance. The only real action and growth takes place in the final quarter or less of the book. Getting to that point was almost physically painful for me. I hated Icelyn so much I wanted nothing to do with her story; but I'd agreed to write a review and kept holding out hope that something would click and the story would change. And though it eventually did gain some action and potentially emotional scenes for me it was a case of to little, far to late. Yet I see from the other reviews (when I grabbed the teaser to include in this review) that I am in a very small minority, with many others simply loving this book. More power to those who enjoyed it... another great example of that old adage, "to each their own." Suffice to say I will most emphatically not be reading the sequel.

  • Louise Jackson
    2019-03-06 19:21

    A great read for all ages above 12. I only say this because there are a few frightening scenes, but the action and mystery of Cloudline, and the 'Threat Below' are very beguiling. The story really pulls you in, leading you from Icelyn's and Ady's juvenile relationship into something far more intense as they attempt to conquer what's poisoning their water supply. There are many battles for power between the people and creatures in this epic fantasy adventure. Some win, some lose. Some of the descriptions are graphic, adding a macabre feeling that sets the mysterious tone throughout. All in all it's a great read and I am looking forward to the next books in the series.

  • C.A. King
    2019-03-14 14:40

    The Threat Bellow is one of those books you'll either love or hate, there is no inbetween. As I am rating it 5/5 stars, you can guess which side of the fence I landed on. First let me say this is a very long book. I normally prefer books I can plow through in one sitting. Even having to take a few days to finish this one, it was worth the time.The threat below is a young adult dystopian novel in which the human population was forced to move to the mountain tops in order to avoid certain death awaiting anyone who descends. When their water supply is threatened there is no choice - a group must venture down. What awaits them isn't what everyone anticipated.Wonderful plot, interesting characters and well written. I can't wait for a sequel!

  • Stacey
    2019-03-15 20:42

    The Threat Below is a great book. I read a lot of dystopian novels and this is one of the most unique stories I have come across. In so many books you start to get the gist of whats going on, how things are probably going to unfold. I had NO idea what was going to happen in this book....and that was a welcomed change. The world building was fascinating and characters were believable and fully fleshed out. When they made decisions I could see how they came to it. Was nice to have characters not have all the answers and always do the "right" thing. I can't wait for another book in this series. 5/5

  • Susie Prater
    2019-03-08 14:42

    Icy Blue EyesWow! Exciting action, faith, profound love, terrible loss. This series brings to vivid life several complex characters who love, struggle, and grow in interesting environments. Suitable for ages twelve to eighty.

  • Dawn Dolly
    2019-02-20 21:40

    It was recommended to me that I read this book with my teen book club at my local Boys and Girls Club. At first I was a little skeptical, because it wasn't a mainstream book. But I took a gamble and I am pleased to say that the teens and I both thoroughly enjoyed this read.The Threat Below follows the story of a teenage girl named Icelyn. Icelyn lives in the future, at a time when almost all of the human population has been wiped out. The few people remaining live atop a desolate mountain, where they survive above the clouds. When their resources on top of the mountain begin to be affected from below, an expedition takes place to figure out why their water is being poisoned. Icelyn is one of the people who must go on the expedition, and so she must travel down from the safety of her mountain home to a place of dangers unimaginable below.Because the few survivors of the massacre had fled to the top of the mountain, it's the only known place of safety. Leaving that place puts Icelyn in great danger, and she must battle through unfamiliar terrain and face monsters in an attempt to save the people waiting above. As Icelyn ventures beyond her home she learns more than she bargained for and is thrust into a world far from safe for a teenage girl. She must battle to survive, while also trying to uncover the mysteries that are affecting the survivors she left behind.This book was very well-written and a story that can appeal to both boys and girls. It's rare that we read a book as a group that all kids in the group can agree upon liking. This was one of those books. Icelyn appealed to the girls with her feminine side, but didn't leave out the boys- because she's a strong feminine character. She's not only a 'girl', but she's a girl with wit, determination, and the ability to overcome major obstacles. This book is a bit of everything. An adventure, a mystery, a moving tale that keeps you peeling from page to page (even though you promised you wouldn't read ahead between book club meetings- lets face it, you couldn't help it). It's just a genuinely very entertaining book with a unique storyline that takes you through an entirely different world. Action packed and well worth delving into- I see this particular tale growing into a widely loved teen phenomenon.

  • Kristen Iten
    2019-02-26 19:27

    Let me begin by saying the was an excellent and engaging read! The writing style was fantastic; although a tiny bit jarring at times as the point of view shifted surprisingly in a few places. The author did a superb job of building a very substantial and believable new world for the reader to explore. It is easy to see that A LOT of thought went into the creation of this book!This was a much longer book than I've read in quite a while, but it easily held my attention throughout. I enjoyed the mysterious nature of the beginning of the book. I had no idea what in the world was going on "down below" and I REALLY liked that! I did have an issue with a pretty main plot point. One of the main pillars of society on Mountain Top was that a strict atheistic view of the world was required of the inhabitants. Everything about the world was viewed through the eyes of "the code". Society had been this way for 300 years. I have no problem with that.Where I began to have difficulty was when the main character, that had been very vocal about her belief in the code and her atheistic views, suddenly sees herself as a god. She believed herself to be the god of the creatures below, while continuing to ridicule her childhood friend for his secret belief in his God. I had a hard time with this. When Icelyn found out about her connection with these creatures, I would have found it to be more believable for her to have understood it in light of science. She and the creatures were more like distant relations than creation and god-like creator. Her god complex did not help the story for me. However, as I said earlier, the writing was wonderful and the story was very gripping. I sincerely hope that Icelyn sees her hypocrisy (and what seemed to be near insanity at times) in the next book in the series. I would love to see her make some major personal adjustments in the future.This is a great book for lovers of dystopian young adult literature!

  • Luna Lovebooks
    2019-03-18 14:28

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. What I liked: First of all I want to mention the uniqueness of this dystopian novel. Since dystopian novels have become popular we see many stories about man vs nature or man bringing about his own destruction, but rarely do we get all of that mixed up in one epic adventure. And rarely do we feel sympathetic for the ones doing the destruction. But Latshaw created a world so different and so raw that when the way the world was destroyed is revealed it brings tears to your eyes (at least it did mine).I love the use of both first and third person and the way he blends both past and present. It is done so seamlessly that I almost didn’t notice it. I love how you think the story will go one way and ends up going in a way you wouldn’t expect.The characters are wonderfully complex. There is an interesting caste system based on knowledge (Cognates) and the ability to work (Veritas). Nicholas (the leader of the Kith and Icelyn’s father) and Tranton (Nicholas’ advisor as well as a villain) and the people of the Kith make up one story, while Icelyn and her best friend Adorane and her Intended (?) Torrain and the Threatbelows make up another plot; but they are all woven together beautifully.What I didn’t like: There are too many T names. There is a small section in the book where Tranton and Torrain and the Tarlinius are all together. You can see where it might get confusing. Also, to tell this story well, it has to be long; but there are parts, as with any epic tale, that can drag out.Other than these issues, I loved this book and am eagerly awaiting Latshaw to finish the second one! I give it a 5!If you like this book you might try Human Sister by Jim Brainbridge, The White Mountain by Ernie Lindsey, The Leviathan Chronicles by Christof Laputka.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-25 19:42

    I LOVE The Threat Below by Jason Latshaw. I think there was just a tone of something really great and magical about this book right from the beginning, with the introduction of Icelyn and Adorane. Though at the very beginning, I didn't know exactly what was going on or the context of where and when the events are happening, but it was intriguing--and thankfully the details were revealed to us rather quickly in the book too. The book starts when Adorane showed Icelyn some acorns with her name carved on it, and then proceeding to persuade her to go down the mountain--something that was forbidden. It was quickly revealed to us then, why this is a dystopian novel. It's obviously in the future, something has happened, and the world as we know it isn't there anymore. Yet, there is definitely something different about this book that sets it apart from the other dystopian novels that I've read. Perhaps it's just the author's world building capabilities, or just the numerous proper nouns and names (Kith, Veritas, and Cognate, for example), but this book was definitely multi-dimensional and there was really a lot more than just the "main plot" that went on.Icelyn is lively. I love her as a character, as a heroine, and I thought she was just perfect. The story is partially written in her first person point of view and partially written in Nicholas's (her father's) third person point of view. Though I enjoyed both, I found Icelyn to be perfectly captivating and just SUCH an interesting character. Her thoughts and dialogue truly came to life for me, and I really just wanted more of her (even after finishing this book!)I also thought the book was paced quite well, and adding that on top of an interesting backdrop/setting, and a fantastic cast of characters, the author really has something amazing going on here. I love this book, and I'm sure you will too!