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The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage (edition 2010)

by Justin Cronin

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Title:The Passage
Authors:Justin Cronin
Info:Ballantine Books (2010), Hardcover, 784 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, american, dystopia, future, vampires, trilogy, apocalypse, post-apocalyptic, virus, read 2010

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

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Can’t Believe I Love a Vampire Story.

All the comparisons to Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic epic The Stand are completely justified. Cronin takes the story of the end of civilization in North America even farther, showing what happens a hundred and a thousand years after the virus outbreak.

There is no horror porn or mooning Byronesque bloodsucker in this story - in fact it contains surprisingly little gore for a vampire tale. Full of well-developed characters with believable back stories and complicated inner dialogue. Each part could easily be published as a separate book, but as a reader I am happy that it is all together in one jumbo tome.
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
This book started out fantastic. I loved it. I would have rated it a five. Then about half way through it just died. I could not read it any more - it became tedious and boring. Normally I get that far into a book I have to finish it so I can at least know what happens. Not this one. I just could not read any further. ( )
  mhendrix0007 | Apr 20, 2016 |
Oh what a roller coaster. The first third is slooooooow and I hated everyone. It's all set-up to no real purpose, as most of the storylines here are then dropped and have very little bearing on the main thrust of the action (to the extent that if you just started reading at The Book of Auntie about 250 pages in, I don't think you'd feel you'd missed anything and I don't think you'd struggle to understand what was going on).

The central 500 pages are solid, with engaging POVs and tense action sequences. It's a little flabby in places, but I largely enjoyed it and got far more involved with some of the peripheral characters than I expected. I also quickly warmed to Peter and adopted Lish as my favourite character. It's classic post-apocalypse, applying both post-apocalypse and vampire tropes to good effect.

But after a competent climax, the ending is protracted and consequently feels slightly - and unfairly - unsatisfying. I think it would have been a stronger novel with less in it, allowing it to have a single-minded focus on Peter's quest to get Amy to Colorado.

Interesting ideas, but overall not my apocalypse, I think. I'm not sure I'll bother with the sequels.

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  imyril | Apr 2, 2016 |
This is a roallercoaster of a book. Starts amazingly well, then it goes downhill for two hundred pages and picks up and goes down and it becomes unfocused. In summary: A mess.

The Passage could easily be a 350 pages book--too much character backstory. ( )
  Gerardo.Delgadillo | Mar 29, 2016 |
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I turned The Passage's pages feverishly to find out what happened next.
added by simon_carr | editThe Observer, Alice Fisher (Jul 18, 2010)
Cronin leaps back and forth in time, sprinkling his narrative with diaries, ­e-mail messages, maps, newspaper articles and legal documents. Sustaining such a long book is a tough endeavor, and every so often his prose slackens into inert phrases (“his mind would be tumbling like a dryer”). For the most part, though, he artfully unspools his plot’s complexities, and seemingly superfluous details come to connect in remarkable ways.

added by mks27 | editThe New York Times, Mike Peed (Jun 25, 2010)
When all's said and done, The Passage is a wonderful idea for a book that – like too many American TV series – knows how good it is and therefore outstays its welcome. There are enough human themes (hope, love, survival, friendship, the power of dreams) to raise it well above the average horror, but its internal battle between the literary and the schlock will, I
T MAY already have the Stephen King stamp of approval and the Ridley Scott movie-script treatment but American author Justin Cronin's 800-page blockbuster The Passage comes from humble beginnings.

"Every book starts somewhere and this came from a dare of a nine-year-old child," he says of his daughter Iris, who wanted a story where a young girl saves the world.

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When I have seen by Time's fell hand defac'd
the rich proud cost of outworn buried age;
When sometimes lofty towers I see down-raz'd,
And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
When I have seen the hungry ocean gain
Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
And the firm soil win of the watery main,
Increasing store with loss, and loss with store;
When I have seen such interchange of state,
Or state itself confounded to decay;
Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate
That Time will come and take my love away.

-William Shakespeare, Sonnet 64
For my children, No bad dreams.
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Before she became the Girl from Nowhere- the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years- she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy.
He stepped into the stars.
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It's called Project NOAH: a secret government experiment designed to weaponize the human body. But this experiment goes horribly awry when twelve test subjects escape, spreading a virus that turns human beings into something else-something hungrier, deadlier, and seemingly undestructible. The thirteenth test subject, a six-year-old girl named Amy, is rescued by an FBI agent. Together they flee to the mountains of Oregon, cut off from civilization as the disastrous repercussions of Project NOAH are unleashed upon the world. The Passage creates an all-too-believable world dominated by fear and the need to survive, and introduces the strange and silent girl who may hold in her hands the fate of the human race.
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A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.

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