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The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3)

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In life I was a scientist called Fanning.

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
Hardcover, 598 pages
Published June 16th 2016 by Orion (UK) (first published March 24th 2016)
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    Rick Riordan
    Jul 10, 2016 Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I love Cronin’s epic story about a world destroyed by a virus that creates vampires. This is the third and final volume of his trilogy, so I won’t say much except that it is a worthy conclusion that still leaves possible room for further adventures in this universe. Spanning over a thousand years, the novel takes us back to the origins of the viral outbreak and the man who will become Patient Zero, the first vampire, then zooms forward centuries to the human settlements that have formed after th ...more
    Michele May
    Mar 03, 2013 Michele May rated it really liked it
    How can it be rated?!? Seriously? Simmer down folks.

    After waiting for years, I can say this was a fitting end and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
    Lynne Thomas
    May 03, 2012 Lynne Thomas is currently reading it
    2014!!!!! What, you are kidding, right?! Forget about movie making and give us what we want... The feel of a book in our hands. You already have the outline, so sit down and write,write,write.
    11/17/15 We have a cover!!!! I can see light at the end of the tunnel!!!

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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
    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    I have no clue why I read these over-long dang books. Yes, I do. I'm totally blaming Edward Lorn..he started these chunky books and started posting status updates. I had them sitting on my bookshelf and then he kept making me want to know what was going on. So I dived in. I sorta liked the first book even though Justin Cronin is the writingnest muttha ever. The man loves to make some words. Once I started this series, I liked it. I didn't love it, but there was something about the whole thing th ...more
    Christy LoveOfBooks

    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
    Ɗắɳ  2.✽

    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
    Nov 19, 2015 Cody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Justin Cronin deserves a big congratulations for this fantastic conclusion of "The Passage" trilogy. I've been waiting so long for this book that I was worried that the anticipation would only lead to disappointment once I finally got my hands on it. Thankfully this is not the case.

    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
    Margaret Small
    Give the guy a break, he's writing a huge book no doubt, and I'd rather he got it right than finished it early. Patience, children, patience.
    Feb 28, 2017 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I devoured The Passage, soon after I inhaled The Twelve and held my breath till the end of The City of Mirrors. 2000 pages of dark joy, and expanding over 1000 years this trilogy has come to a rewarding end for me. I loved every moment of tension in this compelling and terrifying plot. What made this such a great trilogy for me was how Cronin was able to draw me into the story with such a large cast of characters, and had me emotionally engaged, caring for them and rooting for their survival.

    Jun 13, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    A brilliant ending to a thoroughly enjoyable trilogy. All of the loose ends were tied up, every character's story was concluded (some not as happily as others) and this reader was left with a feeling of total satisfaction.
    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
    Jun 22, 2013 Kaora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: good-horror
    Nine and one. Nine are yours but one is mine, as you are mine. Into the tenth shall be planted the seed so that we will be Many, millions-fold.

    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
    Grigory Lukin
    Justin Cronin's "The Passage" trilogy reminds me of DC's comic book movies: the premise is great, but each new installment is grittier, darker and makes less sense than the one before it.

    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
    Liz Barnsley
    City of Mirrors is going to be an incredibly hard book to review with any sense of professionalism, such was its impact and indeed the impact of this entire trilogy on me as a reader. I have loved every moment of it, the writing is truly sublime, the epic and sprawling story utterly convincing and completely addictive every step of the way and probably the most important thing to say is that if you are a fan and have been worried that Justin Cronin could not POSSIBLY pull off a perfect and kille ...more
    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    This review is probably the hardest one I've ever written. Ever had to contemplate, compose, and try to convey just how great the story was and not just this book, this book of genius, but the whole trilogy as a whole.

    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
    Leeann Meyer
    Sep 08, 2013 Leeann Meyer marked it as to-read
    Shelves: come-out-now
    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
    The last in an incredible trilogy, The City of Mirrors reads like the complex and beautifully written novel that it is—only it is about a mutant virus gone horribly wrong that leaves the world almost bereft of humans. Who would think a novel with such gorgeous imagery and fully developed characters was about mankind trying to survive a world full of homicidal vampire-like creatures.

    Because the second book, The Twelve, came out four years ago, the author has included a clever prologue that bring
    ***NO SPOILERS***

    (Part I reviews The City of Mirrors. Part II reviews the trilogy as a whole.)

    Part I
    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
    May 04, 2014 Gerhard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites, 2016
    It is fitting that Justin Cronin calls it The City of Mirrors, for the concluding volume of The Passage trilogy is very much an act of smoke and mirrors. This is because the story essentially culminated at the end of the last one, with the destruction of The Twelve and the disappearance of Amy.

    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
    My anticipation deserves five stars!
    Susie DelMa
    Nov 08, 2016 Susie DelMa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Ich liebe die Story einfach ❤...Aber der schreibstil ist immer noch krass
    Wayne Barrett


    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
    The grand finale.
    The End.

    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
    “City of memories, city of mirrors. Am I alone? Yes and no. I am a man of many descendants.”

    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
    switterbug (Betsey)
    Mar 19, 2016 switterbug (Betsey) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites
    “You might ask yourself the same thing. What it means, to be human.”

    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
    Apr 20, 2016 Banner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: sci-fi, horror

    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
    Thrilling! Epic! Bittersweet! Justin Cronin’s trilogy has come to its conclusion and it ended as brilliantly daring as it started. The City of Mirrors brings closure of sorts to a tale of a world devastated and decimated by an apocalypse that made flesh eating monsters of the masses as easily as it made monsters of those seeking to hold power and sway over a world divided and drifting rudderless, hoping only to survive long enough to see a new beginning filled with hope.

    The Twelve are gone, but
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    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
    Angel Erin

    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
    May 31, 2016 Efka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fantasy, dystopian
    My relations with “The passage” trilogy are complicated at best. I had not been awed by the first book, and, as I `rated it only two stars, meaning that it was "ok", which in my own perception translates roughly as “meh”, the perspective of reading the whole series at that moment seemed uncertain and unlikely. Still, after finding “The twelve” in my library, I’ve decided this series sort of deserves a second chance, took the book home, and, as they say, the rest is history. “The twelve” got four ...more
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