It only took me half a year to get around to writing my first review. Sorry about that, I’ve been a bit busy with being unemployed and trying to generally sort out my life.
The Passage is a massive novel, and I don’t want to give many details and spoil it. The first part details the events that lead to the destruction of civilisation. There are two main story threads in the first half; that of Amy, a young girl who has been abandoned, and that of the government facility that experiments on test subjects they obtain from death row.
The second half of the book focuses on a colony of survivors ninety years after The End. This was my favourite part of the book. I liked the details about life in the colony and their fight against the Virals. Eventually Peter, Alicia, Michael, and a few others are forced out into the wilderness, where they have to try and survive on their own.
I won’t give many more details, as I don’t want to risk spoiling things for anyone who might want to check this book out. I definitely recommend it. The only thing that I didn’t like was the ending. Things wrapped up a bit too neatly for my liking, but otherwise it was very enjoyable. I’m looking forward to the follow up, The Twelve.
Clocking in at over 900 pages, The Passage tested my ability to finish a book in fewer than seven days (I lost). Fortunately for author Justin Cronin, I have an unlimited capacity for consuming page-turners late into the night, preferably while munching on Chex Mix. I see your gargantuan paperback, Mr. Cronin, and raise you a fistful of cheese-flavored pretzels bits. It took nine days, but I did it.
Where to begin. So The Passage centers on a government experiment being conducted on twelve willing participants (willing by virtue of the alternative: all are death row inmates) who the U.S. military hopes to turn into fast-healing, super-strong and generally un-killable soldiers. Of course, those of us familiar with a little thing called pop culture know how this ends: vampires. Continue reading
The second novel in The Passage Trilogy. Not quite as good as the first but better than many middle books in trilogies (I’m looking at you Strain trilogy); has enough forward momentum to set up the trilogy for the final part without seeming like there will be too many loose ends to wrap up. We’ll see if he actually pulls it off, though.
I didn’t want to start publishing any reviews until I got to 52 for CBR IV but now that that’s done, I’m ready to go. The first in a vampire trilogy that includes government experiments gone wrong, a post apocalyptic world, and a young girl as a possible savior. I really enjoyed it.