The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1
by Justin Cronin
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“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse. As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun. With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.
This book is incredible. Disregard the previous bad review entirely, the story may have some less than completely original pieces but the author puts his own twist on it that makes it well worth the read. The writing makes you care for the characters and feel for them through all their trials and tribulations. The book is a drug. Impossible to put down short of a serious threat to life or limb. Come to think of it, I might have been willing to sacrifice a limb if it meant I could keep reading. This is the epitome of apocalyptic fiction. The perfect read.
Ok, I have to work overtime so I can make back the money I spent on this audio abomintaion
Jesus Undead Christ!! The Passage reads like a first draft script of a bad mini-series you'd see on the SyFy network. There's not one original moment in this book! Let's see, the government unleashes a virus that wipes out 99% of the population turning most folks into savage, undead, blood-swillin' freaks.....Hmmmm....where have I seen this before?...Oh yeah!... EVERY ZOMBIE/VAMPIRE MOVIE, BOOK, AND VIDEO GAME THAT'S COME OUT IN THE LAST 30 YEARS!!! " I Am Legend," "28 days Later," " Resident Evil," "Dawn of the Dead," " The Stand" " Zombie F---ing Land," C'mon! "The Passage" is a dismal, undead, patchwork quilt sewn together with scenes from different books and films that did the end of days a hell of a lot better. A little girl who never ages! ( Interview with a Vampire.) Spooky little girl talks to the polar bear behind the glass at the zoo! ( Harry Potter had that same conversation with a snake in the " Sorcerer's Stone.") A secret government facility where everything goes wrong! ( The Stand) Blood thristy vampire mutants! ( I Am Legend.) An FBI agent travels cross country with the little girl and little girl leaves him to die alone! ( The Road.) Just when you think the " The Passage" can't get anymore cliche' and stupid, the book leaps decades into the future to a society that has to live behind huge walls, fight for their lives, and raise sheep! ( The Postman, The Road Warrior, Waterworld, Book of Eli, and any other movie that comes on HBO at 2 AM.) Hell, the only thing missing are the monkeys from "Planet of the Apes." Believe me, half way through " The Passage" I was praying for some heavily armed oranguatans to go on a killing spree. Part 3 of this book deals with teenagers who have to guard the fence from vampire attacks. It's "90210" meets the " Omega Man!" Seriously, somebody stick a screwdriver in my ear so I don't ever have to listen to this audio book again. Look, if you want a post-apocalyptic emotional kidney punch then read " The Road" or better yet, pick up a copy of " The Stand." No one has ever written the downfall of mankind with such malevolent glee as Stephen King. BTW..What the hell are you doing writing a good review for this Stephen!?!! Does Justin Cronin have naked pictures of you with Sarah Palin and a moose? Yeah, I'm a little bitter. I was really looking forward to " The Passage." $52.00 would have bought alot of online porn. Skip this.
Great Read! Looking forward to the sequel....
I literally could not put this book down! It's just one of those books that grabs you with an interesting premise, as well as the fast-moving plot, and then you're hooked. You want to know what happens to the main characters, the entire human race and even the virals. If you like apocalytptic tales, then I believe you will enjoy this story. I'm a fan of "end of the world" tales anyways, plus I enjoyed the addition of sadistic vampires as an extra challenge for the characters' survival. I think this is about 100 percent better than last summer's "The Strain", which I just finished to see how it ended. This book is what "The Strain" wishes it could be!
The Passage is more than 700 pages in length, yet the plot moves so quickly that you barely notice. I'm looking forward to when the writer publishes his second book in the triology. I'll gladly keep up with this series. (Although, I'm sad to have to wait until 2012!)