Maybe I should have paid attention to what other goodreads users had to say about this book (see above), because It SHOULD have been "my kind of book" but it missed the mark.
In the end, it was not structured well enough to win me over completely. I WILL probably read the sequel though.
I have to admit that my choice to read it now was a bit naive. A couple friends had liked it but I confused it with Freedom
when I jerked it out of an audio-book spinner rack at a Cracker Barrel during my past month of interminable back to back roadtrips!
An 800+ page audio book. You've gotta be kidding me. I don't even know how many cds were in that case? I stopped counting when it went into the double digits. Freedom
would have taken less time, that's for sure!
Supposedly the audio book is 36 hour(s) and 52 min long. I'll never know if that's accurate because I started reading ahead on the nook at night then I'd monkey around with the CDs until I found my place in the audio book, schizophrenically making my way through the story helter skelter.
I found myself daydreaming at times wondering what it would have been like if The Passage
had been ghost-wrtten by David Brin
was the first book I read that used typography in a way that actually improved the story) or Orson Scott Card
(who can make exceptional characters in small closed communities come alive like no one else) or Dave Duncan
(who an write a female fighting protagonist who is multi-dimensional and has relationships with both genders readers can actually care about).
But Cronin's book is a collaboration all its own. Cronin admits he "actually wrote "The Passage" on a dare from [his] then- eight-year-old daughter, Iris, who challenged [him] to write a book about "a girl who saves the world."
The two dreamed up the plot together while he jogged and she biked over a period of a few months. He told her "You asked for this . . . but you have to help me."
Cronin jokes that "the truth is, I had no intention of actually writing the thing. It was just a game to pass the time in the Houston heat, and maybe introduce my daughter to the family business."
I wish Cronin's editors and proofreaders had done as much work as The Passage
's marketing team. This could have been a better book . . . but these shortcomings don't seem to have hurt sales, so maybe Cronin's daughter has given the family business a push in the right direction after all?