- Paperback: 800 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (17 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345504976
- ISBN-13: 978-0345504975
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 3.3 x 20.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) Paperback – 17 May 2011
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“Cronin has given us what could be the best book of the summer. Don't wait to dive into The Passage.”—USA Today
“Cronin’s unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind.”—Parade
“Great storytelling … vital, tender, and compelling”—O, The Oprah Magazine
“A blockbuster…astutely plotted and imaginative”—The New York Times Book Review
“Cronin gets it just right; the combination of attentive realism and doomsday stakes makes for a mesmerizing experience.”—Salon.com
“We’ve just found our summer escape!”—Elle, “Top 10 Summer Books for 2010”
“Magnificently unnerving . . . A The Stand-meets-The Road journey.”—Entertainment Weekly, A-
“Addictive, terrifying, and deeply satisfying. Not only is this one of the year's best thrillers; it's one of the best of the past decade—maybe one of the best ever."—Men’s Journal
“A literary richness that rivals Stephen King’s The Stand.”—Time
“Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin’s engrossingly horrific account of a postapocalyptic American overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies…manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review and “Pick of the week”)
“Literary author Cronin turns in an apocalyptic thriller in the spirit of Stephen King or Michael Crichton. . . . The young girl as heroine and role model is a nice touch.”—Kirkus
“[An] apocalyptic epic . . . Expect a lot of interest in this title.”—Booklist
“The monsters in this compulsive nail biter are the scariest in fiction since Stephen King's vampires in Salem's Lot. . . . This exceptional thriller should be one of the most popular novels this year and will draw in readers everywhere.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Meet what is likely to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer.”—People
“Imagine Michael Crichton crossbreeding Stephen King’s “The Stand” and “Salem’s Lot” in that lab on Jurassic Park, with rich infusions of Robert McCammon’s “Swan Song,” “Battlestar Galactica” and even Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.””—The Washington Post
About the Author
Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors, Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writers’ Award. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.See all Product description
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The Passage is the story of the monsters that were created by men and that of the survivors. A military program goes wrong when the test subjects break out and go rampant in the world leading to apocalypse. These monsters were once men, who were turned into vampire like creature. Once they broke free of their containment facility, their ‘virus’ spread around and almost wiped out humanity. But there were survivors who set up their own colony and set about looking for answers and solution.
The thing about this book is that it is huge. So, the author has taken enough time to set up the world the way he wanted. He has taken a great deal of care in setting it up and has provided us with many details where we get a glimpse of the pre-Apocalypse world as well as the post-Apocalyptic world. I enjoyed reading the ‘before’ and ‘after’ situations and the contrast. Readers like me who crave for minute details will be very happy with this book. Though as the down side of the detailed narration – the pace feels lagging – especially in the middle. The other thing that I liked about this book is its very unique take on Vampires and their origins. It is absolutely unique and so different from every other take that there is – it is actually refreshing to see a scientific spin on it. There is a huge cast in this book and I actually had trouble keeping track of all of them. Amy and Brad, mentioned in the blurb of the book, play a significant role but are just two of many. The many characters also help bring in various aspects of life and relationships into the story which was quite complimentary to the whole story.
But Justin Cronin seems to have created a very epic horror story in "The Passage," the first book of a trilogy that seems to be equal parts Stephen King and "The Road" -- a gloriously bleak, imaginative book. Its only problem is that at times, Cronin's story drags a bit.
It's honestly hard to summarize a book like this, since Cronin hops around between different people, different time periods, and different places. A little girl named Amy is left by her mother at a convent, only for her to be snatched away by a tormented FBI agent. At the same time, the government is attempting a new experiment that might wipe out disease completely and prolong life.
But of course, no such experiment can take place without horrifying results -- in this case, eleven insectile "vampires." Of course, something goes horribly wrong.
And over the century following that experiment, American civilization is ravaged by packs of vampires ("dracs" or "virals"), leaving the few remaining humans struggling to survive. The one hope for humanity against the vampires is none other than Amy, who is still a young child after all this time, and who shares a unique tie to the blood-drinking monsters...
"The Passage" is one of the most unique vampire books in years -- it's part military conspiracy, part post-apocalyptic tale, and part vampire horror. And best of all, it reads like a Guillermo del Toro story filtered through the genius of Stephen King -- no drippy "Twilight" romanticism or glamour.
And Cronin's formidable prose is up to the challenge of writing a hundred-year post-apocalyptic horror epic. He writes in a detailed, gritty style that sprawls over several different narratives, sprinkled with moments of poetry ("the spreading darkness, like a black wing stretching over the earth") and lots of ghastly creepiness (oh, the vampires!). The only problem is that with a book this huge, there are times when the story sags and slows down.
And as you'd expect in a true horror story, the vampires here aren't gothic hunks or sparkly bishies -- they're grotesque, glowing, insectile monsters that tear their victims apart. But they're not truly the center of the story -- Cronin uses them as the prism through which we see that mortality isn't that bad, and that the human spirit is indomitable.
"The Passage" is a rare bestselling novel -- an epic, slightly bloated expanse of horror, science and post-apocalyptic adventure that leaves you breathless. Justin Cronin just won the crown.
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