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The Passage by Justin Cronin (excerpt)

The Passage by Justin Cronin (excerpt)

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["Read this book and the ordinary world disappears." - Stephen King, author of Full Dark, No Stars]

["A wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel....Deeply humane, ablaze with big ideas, and absolutely impossible to put down.” Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad]

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl—and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

http://www.enterthepassage.com
["Read this book and the ordinary world disappears." - Stephen King, author of Full Dark, No Stars]

["A wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel....Deeply humane, ablaze with big ideas, and absolutely impossible to put down.” Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad]

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl—and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

http://www.enterthepassage.com

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Publish date: May 17, 2011
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srboone reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Near great horror/sci-fi blend with a mlitary experiment gone wrong setting 13 vampires loose upon the world. A young girl, the 14th experiment, holds the key to makind's survival. A great first act of the book giives way to an episodic denuement that doesn't live up to the beginning.
debbiebspinner reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Delicious. Looking forward to the sequel.
kimjd_2 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Enjoyed the first half of this, but it he second half really should have been continued as the next installment in the series. Way too long and bogged down as a single novel.
walterqchocobo reviewed this
I really enjoyed this "end of the world through vampires" book. I can also see how people must have been put off by the later parts of the book but I liked the ending even if it really makes me want to read the next book--in 2012!!

The book starts off very strong with details about Project NOAH, an experiment conducted by the US military that goes wrong a la The Stand. Unlike The Stand's flu, our undoing here is a different kind of virus that turns some people into vampire like creatures. The middle act about the Colony was the slowest part. The author seemed to take his time telling us about the characters and the life within the Colony. Once things got going again, it was a fantastic book and kept me reading much later than I should have. And the ending--damn you Justin Cronin! I am definitely going to pick up book #2 when it is released.
erickibler reviewed this
Rated 2/5
POSSIBLE SPOILERS

Hey Cronin. Stephen King much?

Seriously, you could read this book aloud at a party and make a drinking game of calling out all the Stephen King parallels. Super-virus leading to apocalypse? Check. Metaphysical struggle between good and evil? Check. Legion of vampires led by older vampire named Barlow? (Sorry, Babcock in this book). Check. 100 year old black woman who acts as a spirit guide? Check. (Well, actually, there are TWO such "Mother Abigails" in this book). Shadowy government program that lets an awful cat out of the bag? Check.

There's even a sequence near the end where the heroes hide out in an empty, snowed-in Colorado hotel. The description leaves no doubt that we're supposed to be reminded of the Overlook Hotel from "The Shining". That's an obvious homage to King, but after ripping off the entire chunks of his oeuvre, it doesn't seem too kind.

For a little vacation from Stephen King-isms, there's a detour into Richard Adams-land, as the heroes arrive at a community of overly happy folks that are being used as a human-breeding farm for the vamps. You know, like the similar scenario used in "Watership Down".

Cronin has written a restless novel. He never spends enough time in one locale or with one character to get the reader locked in. So much is thrown at the wall that nothing sticks. Characters are given extensive back-stories and then seemingly thrown way. It's a mess, to be honest. Maybe an editor with a strong hand could have made this book stronger.

I hope I find this review in a couple years and reread it before deciding to read the next book in the series.. I may want to save myself the trouble.
akmargie reviewed this
Rated 3/5
36 hours later...that's right 36 hour audiobook. And after all that I'm conflicted. Mostly because I feel this was about 2 or 3 stories too many for one book. Some books you read and think "hey, it could have ended at this earlier point" The Passage could have ended at 7 or 8 points and still been a complete story. The marathon nature of it was exhausting when you start wondering how many times can these characters go through the in peril/magically saved cycle.
Speaking of characters, I know there's a lot of dark in the world, I get that. But I don't see how giving every character a majorly tragic back story is a good thing. And I do mean everyone had some hideous background story. Molesters, being molested, prostitution, murder, genocide, homeless, child abuse...and I could go on and on. After awhile it doesn't make the characters unique, just boring and takes a lot of impetuous off the characters. "Well they do bad things because bad things happen to them."
Oh and it was about failure. And vampires. Well, kinda vampires.
As much as I liked in the book, I was also annoyed. If you're going to start then be prepared to commit.
allyshaw_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I loved this book despite its myriad implausibilities and disappointments. When the writing was good, it blew me away.
caroline77_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
If I could give this book six stars I would. It is amazing from start to finish. I looked forward to it every day. READ THIS BOOK!
cait815 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
More like 4.5 stars. What a ride! I can't believe it will be at least 4 years until this story is resolved.

ETA: A day later I still find myself checking behind doors; I'm also hesitant to go out into the garage alone. Well played, Mr. Cronin. Well played.
melissarochelle_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Listened to from Jun 18-Jul 1, 2012Audio Review -- When I read this book back in 2010, I thought..."Well, it's an ending. I bet this is a series. That's annoying. 700 pages later and I still have to read ANOTHER book to find out what happens?" It's still a good book despite it's size. But the audiobook is even better...and while it's still LONG, it's worth it.I didn't remember a lot of the first half (and really none of the colony), but I did remember Wolgast and Amy and as I listened more came back to me. Scott Brick is an amazing narrator. He's subtle, but incredibly expressive. It was a pleasure to listen to him and he did a wonderful job of creating suspense. I found myself sitting in my car or finding excuses to listen (I'm home alone, I should listen to The Passage.) It was really difficult to read other books when I knew the next morning I would be listening to more of Cronin's wonderful novel. I especially enjoyed that female narrators were brought in for the diary entries by Sara and Ida. There are slow moments in this novel, but Brick's narration made them far more interesting. And while I did find myself picking up the novel to read a few chapters (this really only happened on Saturday/Sunday when I just had to finish!), it was only because I NEEDED to find out what happened next.Read from Jul 27-Aug 1, 2010** spoiler alert ** I'm going with 4 stars...but it's more of a 3.5 star situation. It's a really interesting story, but I didn't love the ending. I felt that the characters deserved more after all that time...and NOT in a separate book. Also, parts of the story were a little slow to develop and there was a disconnect between Wolgast's end and what happened next. I felt like I jumped into a different story and it took some time to get back around to the Amy side of things...so that's what I think.One aside to the publisher/copy editors...whoever approved the edition I got sucks! around the 270s, there were tons of misprints. The continuation from one page to the next was WAY off I missed entire pieces of fairly important information. I had to read the pages that were messed up in WalMart today to see what I missed.

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