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The Passage by Justin Cronin
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Sep 21, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: horror
Read from September 18 to 21, 2010

The Passage is a literary apocalyptic novel that dwarfs almost everything I've read before and I've read my share of apocalypses. Or is it apocalypsi? I was perplexed at reading all the reviews that stated the first 300 pages of this 700+ page book was the best part. I thought the first third of this novel was well written but rather ordinary.It starts as a typical horror epic, developing the characters and setting up the end-of-the-world epidemic. Then Cronin does the unthinkable. He kills all the characters he set up. Well, not all. To say who, what, how and why would be too much of a spoiler. He then takes us 100 years into the future to a lone colony of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. There are three sections of this novel that can be loosely described as the beginning, survival and quest. The author ties into each part with masterful strokes and builds up even minor characters in three dimensional ways not common for the usual bestseller. Some have complained about the cliffhanger ending. Yes it is there but the entire story stands well on its own with the cliffhanger sitting nicely in the epilogue. Overall this was an immensely satisfying read . If Cronin continues in this way for the next three books we may be looking at a 21st century epic masterpiece.
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Reading Progress

09/18 page 55
7.0% "A little slow but there's a lot of character development going on."
09/20 page 372
48.0% "First 100 pages were a little slow then...WOW! Talk about picking up the pace!"
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