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The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The…

The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) (edition 2011)

by Justin Cronin (Author)

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Title:The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
Authors:Justin Cronin (Author)
Info:Ballantine Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 785 pages
Collections:Kindle, Your library

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

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A 5 star, addictive book for over 750 pages, until a few confusing, cursory-feeling scenes at the end. Still, I'm looking forward to volume 2 of the trilogy. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
If you read this novel, don't blame me. I warned you. It was an experience well beyond the painful. It was a muddy field of bad writing, horrible plot devices and an enormous narrative leap which I found humiliating to endure. What is my excuse? I wish I could answer that. I was going to Miami and felt that I could coast through such while banking on Balzac for the more serious moments. That isn't sufficnt. Don't follow my error. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
A black-hole weekend novel to be sure, 'The Passage' is an apocalyptic novel that might surpass 'The Stand' in scope. The ultimate time-line looks like a thousand years. It's certainly imaginative.

There were a couple issues: it took a while for the story to pick up after the jump to Part IV (I think the journal entries were effective, if not ideal, bridges. Cronin came to depend on them too much I think.).

There were also quite a few Goosebumps-esque cliff-hanger chapter endings, which say a character is in mortal danger, or implied to have been killed, only to have everything turn out fine a few chapters later. Build some suspense, sure, but don't do it in a way that wears out any impact such situations can have.

But, despite this being more 'literate,' whatever, than your average apocalyptic novel, the bottom line is it was a lot of fun to read and the virals are a good build-off of the whole zombie/vampire explosion of the last few years. I'll definitely check out the next book when it appears.

Passage Trilogy

Next: 'The Twelve' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Wow!! I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this trilogy and now it’s a TV series. That’s why I chose to read it. The TV trailer intrigued me, and when I started reading I couldn’t stop until 800+ pages later. Book 2 here I come.

"What we’re doing here is perfectly legal–hell, it may be the most important piece of medical research in the history of mankind. But it could be easily misunderstood."

The government’s Project NOAH is out of control. They were using a virus on insignificant people, but when those subjects–later called virals–got loose, the government realized their mistake which was too late for the human race.

"There’s safe and then there’s safe. I won’t lie to you. There are risks. But we’ll do everything we can to minimize them."

A young girl named Amy who was part of the experiment has the power to stop the carnage, and many brave heroes risk their lives to make sure she keeps hers.

A fantastic post-apocalyptic suspense thriller that deals with an immediate viral outbreak and continues many years later. Mr. Cronin is an incredible writer who makes you feel like you are in the thick of the chaos and mayhem of those who have little to no chance of surviving a viral menace. His characters give you hope, apprehension, horror, and belief all at the same time.

It’s a book that pushes you to read well past your bedtime while you make sure to lock your doors and windows before you go to sleep. Highly recommend. ( )
  theeclecticreview | Feb 12, 2019 |
It's just like the government to create a virus to make a better soldier and test it on a 6 year old then let it get out of hand and destroy the world. I really enjoyed this book I can't wait to read the next ( )
  StarKnits | Feb 6, 2019 |
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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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Experiments run
On hardened criminals; what
could ever go wrong?

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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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