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The Passage: A Novel (edition 2011)

by Justin Cronin

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Member:BBleil
Title:The Passage: A Novel
Authors:Justin Cronin
Info:Ballantine Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 800 pages
Collections:Huntingdon County Library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

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Holy cow this was a long read. It felt like I was reading three books in a series, rather than just one book. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
I finally had to put this book down because it became unbelievably boring. First third of the book was great. 2/3 of it is just a soap opera. ( )
  inasrullah64 | Sep 26, 2014 |
READ IN DUTCH

The US army has a wonderful plan to solve problems like ageing (and gaining control over the World). Use extracts of the thymus of vampires to give their (the American) soldiers a very long life. This sounds like a plan that cannot possibly go wrong, right?



Of course it does go wrong. The serum is tested on 12 death-row prisoners (great plan, if I was turning people into vampires I would definitely start with the ones who felt like killing even before being transformed) and - for story's sake - a little girl.

As was not really unexpected, the vampires escape and terrorize the world by killing almost everyone they encounter (and turning one-tenth of them into new vampires). Needless to say at this point I think, we're not talking about Twilight vampires. They don't sparkle.



After this cosy, heart warming tale, we skip forward about 100 years to a special build colony that has somehow resisted the vampire (they're called virals) attacks. And this is were the story gets a bit boring. The first part is action packed, 'I'm going to check my room just to make sure there are no virals'-thrilling, the second part is more people coping with living in this colony while planning to kill all the virals (we're talking about millions of them) after the young girl reappears.



Is this the end, you ask? No, of course not. This (in Dutch version) 960(!) pages long novel is just the first of a trilogy of which The Twelve is the second part. I haven't read The Twelve yet, but it's high on my TBR. ( )
  Floratina | Sep 25, 2014 |
wonderful! Complex and straightforward at the same time. ( )
  AKmary | Aug 19, 2014 |
First of all,I wanted to give this book a 4.5 but since there is no chance for that I gave it 5 stars.
I admit it that I was drawn into this book because it has vampires in it.I am in totally love with vampire stories and the book got mostly good reviews.So I decided to read it.But after reading the first few chapters I realized it was not the kind of vampire stories I read before.It was a science fiction after all.I couldn't expect the normal vampire romance kind of thing.
Here the vampires were not some mythical creatures but some man-made monsters who were affected by a virus during a military experiment.That military experiment went horribly wrong and all hell broke loose.The first part of the story,the pre-apocalyptic part,was well paced and exciting.There was mystery at every corner and I found myself almost holding my breath to know what would happen next.A lot of characters and events were introduced in the span of few pages but with the advancing of the story every parts and events were weaved perfectly to form the main storyline.
The second part was post apocalyptic where the world was in ruins because of the virals(the affected ones with the virus and the ones they bit).The main focus was on the first colony which was guarded by lights and walls from the outside virals attack.In this part the pace of the story was a bit slow.Author introduced a lot of characters here and the surroundings and the events of the colony.It was slow but not boring.Those details of the characters were necessary to understand them better in the later part of the novel.So I am not complaining much.
The main events began when Amy,the girl given the final stage of the virus,came to the colony after 100 years of the main catastrophe.Through Amy they became aware of the others existing outside the walls and began their quest to find them.The pace of the story never became slow again.
I loved every bit of it.The concept,the charcters,the surroundings all were perfect.I liked how the characters matured throughout the whole story.For example Peter,he was at first doubtful,then eager and then determined.The character of Amy was a bit weird but I liked it nevertheless.She was like a walking mystery,a vessel between the two world.There were small things about the characters which were so nice and touchy,like the General Vorhees.He drew pictures of his family to remeber them.That was so touchy.
And about the Dracula movie,I felt sad when Peter couldn't find out the ending of the movie and thought Meena was gonna be killed.But at the end of the story he found out and I was relieved.I don't know why it bothered me in the first place.It was totally my personal feelings but I was glad at his finding out.
So overall a wonderful read.A little slow pacing at the middle doesn't really matter.The rest of the story will certainly make it up for that. ( )
  sreeparna | Jul 27, 2014 |
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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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Epigraph
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
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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.
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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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