The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3)
Then, in a jungle in Bolivia, I died.
I died, and then I was brought back to life...
Prompted by a voice that lives in her blood, the fearsome warrior known as Alicia of Blades is drawn towards to one of the great cities of The Time Before. The ruined city of New York. Ruined but not empty. For this is the final refuge of Zero, the fi ...more
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Update 9/1/15 From the author's facebook page.
"To those of you wondering when that ENORMOUS pile of paper called The City of Mirrors will become a hard rectangular object for sale on the shelves of America and elsewhere: spring '16, or so they tell me. Bless you for your patience and "I think it will be worth the wait," said Justin modestly.
Yay!!!! Spring 2016!!! That's much better than December.
Update Aug 2015: This is a l ...more
Oh man, The City of Mirrors left me feeling completely humbled and awed. I was a complete blubbering mess while reading the last section; it was like this overload of emotions. Bittersweet doesn’t even begin to describe it.
I would have never guessed how huge of an impact this trilogy would have on me when I started reading The Passage. I’m extremely glad I re-read the first two books before jumping into The City of Mirrors, though. It had been so many years, and I don’t know if this ending would ...more
Alright, before I get to it, I should probably preface this review with a couple of apologizes. I’ll start with the caveat that I’m sure to have done this book a grave injustice by failing to reread the first two books, considering it’s been more than three years since I last visited this series. But in my defense, the combined page count of said books is a staggering 1,300 plus pages. O.O I fear my feeble arms (not to mention my feeble mind) just weren’t up for the challenge. And hey, if I ...more
Cronin starts us off gingerly, catching us up with the primary characters from "The Twelve". We then get a deep (and I do mean deep) dive into the backstory of Zero; the man who caused the almost-total annihilation o ...more
I was completely engaged throughout by the constant bouncing between timelines and between points of view within these timelines. The author handled it so well and there was no chance of letting my mind wander as I read. One second of concentration lost and I had to go back and ...more
The Twelve have been destroyed and humanity is tentatively setting out from behind their walls to build their lives anew. But one still remains, Zero, the first one infected, from whom the Twelve came and he is biding his time until people least expect it so he can unleash his fury on the world and bring an end to the one called Amy once and for all.
I had ...more
I'll start with a warning: if you have any sort of trauma-related emotional triggers, the first 60 pages of "The city of mirrors" will pull them, seemingly just for the fun of it. In the very first chapters of the book, we encounter (in no particular order) a stillbirth, a series of rape-related flashbacks, a ma ...more
Cronin is truly talented. I know I've said it before but the man is brilliant, hand downs a master at his craft.
Words, my words, my simple non masterful words, can not do this series, this book justice.
Honestly, I don't even know where to begin. So much was woven together, caref ...more
Guys. I think Cronin lost my interest. I forgot a lot of what happened in the first two and they are MONSTERS. I don't really want to go back and reread.
It's just been way too long.
EDIT AGAIN: 2015? 2015? Just... what? I can't even. It's LATE 2015 too.
That is just cruel
THANK YOU JESUS.A RELEASE DATE HAS BEEN SET! It's only 233 days away!!!
Ready to see some Vam ...more
Because the second book, The Twelve, came out four years ago, the author has included a clever prologue that bring ...more
(Part I reviews The City of Mirrors. Part II reviews the trilogy as a whole.)
Series authors take note: this is how you write a finale. The City of Mirrors not only ties up the trilogy well but brings it beautifully full circle. Cronin connected the third book to the other two with enough references and familiar characters but made it distinct enough that nothing feels repetitious. Twists and surprises abound; leaps in time work well, never feeling jarring; no new character ...more
Therefore I was quite curious to see what type of rabbit Cronin would pull out of the hat with the conclusion. Some of it is predictable, such as revisiting earlier events – a particular standout set-piece ...more
The City of Mirrors, being the final chapter to 'The Passage' trilogy was a great finish to what I consider one of the better series/trilogy's I have read in some time.
Following the descendants of the human race that was left over from a virus that nearly brought humankind to extinction, along with a couple of others who had been there since the beginning, the City of Mirrors tells of the reemergence of those called, "virals", and the battle for survival of the remaining group. Peter Jackson ...more
The grand finale.
And a very satisfactory ending it was, too. An exciting adventure, with plenty of romance and explosions and tragedy. And it was certainly better than the last one. I have this memory of The Twelve being kind of a slog. I remember being frustrated with the format, where every chapter seemed to be the backstory of a different character, leading up to a quick scene of action before heading into the next backstory. That format is gone here, and the backstory that we d ...more
The year is 101 A.V. and three years have passed since the elimination of the Twelve, three years since any viral has been sighted and 100 thousand people are living comfortably behind the secure walls of Kerrville, Texas. But after three years it’s easy to start thinking that they’re finally safe, that they don’t have to remain behind this wall because there’s nothing left to fear. And that’s exactly w ...more
If Cronin’s trilogy were merely genre fiction, one could say that these books were 2000 pages of “good versus evil” or a post-apocalyptic story of survival. And that would be partially correct. But the author, a literary writer from before THE PASSAGE trilogy, probes far beneath the surface of the battle between humans and virals. THE CITY OF MIRRORS is also the exploration of what it means to be human, literally and figurativel ...more
It took a short time to get my bearing. Since last book, the war with Virals is over and humanity is just starting to crawl out from the rock it has lived under for the last 100 years. All the old gang is here but a little older. And in some cases a little bit different. (Cryptic comment intended).
Author does a great job of getting us caught up.
Are the Virals gone? What do you think?
We learn about Zero. I didn't see this coming. I had kind of figured he would be center stage but I didn't reali ...more
The Twelve are gone, but ...more
In "The Passage" and "The Twelve", Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity's desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon but does silence promise the nightmare's end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.
"The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?"
The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world h ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review!
Sorry if this review is all over the place. It was really up and down for me and that made it a little difficult to review. I really LOVED the first book in the series, The Passage, and how stunning and different it was. When I read The Twelve I was a bit disappointed because it wasn't as good for me. I was really hoping that The City of Mirrors would ...more
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