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The Passage

(The Passage #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  201,588 ratings  ·  20,291 reviews

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the
Hardcover, First Edition, 766 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Ballantine Books
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Ed G I totally agree with you. Cronin goes overboard with his descriptions and ends up killing the pace and rhythm of the book. Many of his side trips and …moreI totally agree with you. Cronin goes overboard with his descriptions and ends up killing the pace and rhythm of the book. Many of his side trips and descriptions are completely pointless to the story. When he spent pages describing Amy's nun's background, for example, made me wonder whether this character was vital to the story. It wasn't.(less)
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Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
THE PASSAGE is a lot like the month of March. It comes in like a vampire thriller and goes out like a batty soap opera. And it's big! Spreading its bat wings, it measures in at 766 pages (or at least the ARC version does). TWILIGHT this ain’t, and regular vampire fare it isn’t either. It’s a hodgepodge of Bram Stoker, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, and John Steinbeck: one if by vampires, two if by military games, three if by bloodbath, and four if by brotherly melodrama.

Overall I liked it. Honest. I
Garet Wirth
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Oh, The Passage. You promised me such wonderful things with your sparkly cover, your titillating title (a passage to WHERE??), and your massive hype. Also your sizable heft, as you are a large, obese book, full of words and things. I figured if I didn't like you, I could use you to stone evil-doers in some town square somewhere. How could I turn you down?

Your promises, though, were only partially fulfilled. While I enjoyed stoning people in the village square with you, your cover was simply too
Kristi  Siegel
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novel, sci-fi-fantasy

Later, Keith Olbermann’s words, “WORST PERSON IN THE WO-O-R-R-L-L-D!!!” would echo in my head.

The other morning, my daughter called, crying, and said, “I just did something terrible.”

I froze. As a parent, these words could mean anything. I waited.

“I hit a car. I was trying to move over because the street was narrow. I hit someone’s mirror. I panicked. I just took off. I’m late for work already. They’ll fire me if I’m late. I know I damaged the mirror. I feel awful.” This was all delivered in pie
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(3.5) This was a wild ride!

I've been going through my list of "post-apocalyptic books to read" and this one had been recommend to me so much that I had to read it. Within the last year I read The Stand by Stephen King (disease) and Swan Song by Robert McCammon (nuclear war) so it's impossible for me not to compare them.

In The Passage, the apocalypse happens though vampires (not the shiny type!). You get to see the before, during and after through the eyes of a few characters and writing-wise it
Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cronin-justin
One of the most amazing horror/fantasy novels I´ve read, combining splendid character design, very complex subplots, and amazing wordbuilding to something in the league of G R R Martin, King, and Sanderson.

That´s why professional creative writing matters
This Iowa writers workshop Cronin studied in must be a wondrous place, enabling people to write like that. Cronin is a prime example of how the perfection of writing techniques can be learned because he studied and taught creative writing and tun
Epic . . . very, very Epic!

I feel like I just read about 5 books. Not because it was long, but just because there is so much story here that changes direction so many times. I cannot believe there are still two books to go . . . I mean, I can believe it because there is more story to tell, but how much more epic can this get!?

4.5 out of 5 stars

This one lost a little for me in the middle due to a blah transition that caused me to lose interest for a period of time. Looking back after knowing what
Mark Lawrence
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
At the start of this book I was pretty sure it would be a 5* read. In the middle I was losing the will to read on and thought it would do well to wring 3* from me. By the end I give it a hearty 3* but just can't bring myself to offer 4.

So, this is a vampire book without the sparkling, the forever sexy trope, or the stalker-horror vibe.

Cronin's writing reminded me a lot of Stephen King, though with a more literary edge (which is not to say that King doesn't have a literary edge ... he does, and i
Will Byrnes
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, horror
The hype machine was working. With some terrific reviews, this was immediately one of THE BOOKS TO READ for summer 2010, a vampire tale not written by Stephanie Meyer, and not even promoted very much as vampiric. Maybe our capacity for reading vampire novels has clotted somewhat?

The world in question begins in 2022. Gas is $13 a gallon. Iranian jihadists have killed hundreds at the Mall of America. Jenna Bush is Texas guv (this is a horror story, after all). New Orleans, battered by another mons
mark monday
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
when i read horror, i'm usually looking for: (1) cheap thrills or (2) surreal and metaphysical weirdness or, best of all,
(3) an epic full of dread and melancholy .

there is plenty of the first sort and so much of it is trash. but fun can be had with trashy things and i'm no snob. the second type can be a little more hard to find, but there's a lot to be had as well, if you look in the right places, especially the past. but the third kind, that's the hardest, i've only found a few. Declare, I
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Pretty cool!! 😊💕

David Putnam
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, loved it. I highly recommend this one for those post apocalyptic fans. The world the author created was vivid and real. The characters were wonderful as was their plight.
One criticism and it might just be the author in me. I thought the outstanding train scene was so well done that it overshadowed the final climax that came later in the book. This threw off the timing of the book just a smidgen. Not a bit deal. That train scene was something else.
Tried the second book in this trilog
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Passage (The Passage, #1), Justin Cronin

The Passage is a novel by Justin Cronin, published in 2010. It is the first novel of a completed trilogy; the second book The Twelve was released in 2012, and the third book The City of Mirrors released in 2016.

The novel and its sequels were to be adapted into a film trilogy; however, they will now be written for television. The novel is broken into 11 parts of varying lengths.

The story itself is broken into two sections: The first and shorter sectio
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book, by far, was the biggest book I've read to date. And I stay away from really big books, usually, because I don't want to get to the end feeling dissatisfied. This big book left me feeling just that. The first 250 pages of this book were brilliant—left me wanting more—Initially. But, the rest of the 766 pages? Not so brilliant. By page 650, I wanted this way-too-long story to be over. I wanted to be taken off of life support and die. I had to convince myself to finish the last 100 pages ...more
Good afternoon. This is Wolf Blitzer from CNN’s The Situation Room, the program that tries to make viewers think that you’re seeing the busy hub of television journalism instead of admitting that despite our high-tech looking set and satellite feeds, you’d probably learn more about what’s actually going on in the world by looking out your window.

We turn our focus now to growing rumors that the U.S. Army is conducting secret medical experiments on American soil. The bizarre claims seem like somet
Nicholas Sparks
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cronin combines two classic and overused literary elements--vampires and the end of the world--and spins them into something entirely fresh and new. To me, it's an amazing accomplishment. ...more
Andrew Smith
I feel that I need to explain my one star rating.

Firstly, it's really not that bad, it’s just that I always award one star to any book I feel compelled to abandon before the end, and I didn't get beyond half way on this one. Secondly, most of the first half is very good but then it descended into the realms of dull, futuristic nonsense of the type that completely switches me off.

Let me clarify. I like apocalyptic tales of the end of the world as we know it. I'm interested in the different ways i
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
This book got me to the important realization that zombies are just vampires gone retarded.
The hype machine worked! With a delay. The Passage was a publishing sensation of 2010 - cleverly marketed as The Stand meeting The Road, its gorgeous cover (will you just look at these trees!) immediately caught attention of readers, and even its bulk was not discouraging - after all, who does not enjoy getting caught up in a good novel? Publishing details topped the cake: Cronin received a $5 million advance payment: $3.5 for the publishing rights to The Passage and two planned sequel (in North ...more
I haven’t read any of Justin Cronin’s books. I picked this one up solely based on an interview the New York Times did with the author. Of course, the interviewer was asking Cronin if he read Twilight (he hadn’t.) Is Twilight REALLY the be-all, end-all of vampire books? This book runs circles around that teenage sop-fest. A better comparison would be Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Actually, an even better comparison would be to the movie The Village (without the awkward twist) or George Stewart’s Earth ...more
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
When it comes to Science Fiction or Fantasy that has a literary aspect to it, I usually have to step back & ask myself:

"Mary, did you enjoy this because it was good? Or did you enjoy it because it was written well?"

Such was the case with Justin Cronin's The Passage. Did I like this book? Well. Yes and no. At times. Sort of. I guess.

This book has its really excellent moments, but it has some not so excellent moments too & that makes assessing the work as a whole difficult to say the least.

Jul 07, 2017 marked it as to-read
All three books (Kindle edition) in the trilogy (The Passage #1, The Twelve # 2 and City of Mirrors #3) are currently on offer: 0.99p in the UK and $0.99 (I think) in the US. No idea how long for. I bought the first two novels, awhile back, when they were on offer; and now, I've finally got the third book, uber cheap. Hope they're good. I might get around to reading them, someday. I hope. ...more
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Thank you, GoodReads for this Advance Reader's Edition. So hard to rate. Act I is simply superb - brilliantly written, suspenseful, beautiful, a full 5. Act II is cluttered, (too) many actors moving on and off stage, rarely doing anything of consequence while they are there. Act III is a combination screenplay, set-up for a sequel, exciting in a dystopian, end-of-days sort of way, (with a ray or two of hope). ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-loved
I already know I'm not going to be able to fully convey how much I enjoyed reading this book - I suppose that's always true to some extent, but when it comes to a story so involved and complex, a few paragraphs on my part won't really do it justice.

It took me a month to read, which is fairly slow for me. There were two reasons for this: I was simultaneously rereading a pile of Saddle Club books, and got completely lost in childhood nostalgia and a much-loved familiar world. I also found that I
Three and a half stars. It was an enjoyable read, enough to keep me reading all day--as in eat-dinner-while-reading kind of day. It is not particularly original (must the vampires glow) and by the end, I was struck by a resemblance to Resident Evil Apocalypse. But, hey, that could be because after a while, aren't all end of the world stories kind of the same?

One possible limitation, depending upon the reader, is that an atmosphere of horror and fear isn't given the chance to grow. I have to agr
Elizabeth Sagan
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have never, ever, ever read about the world going to s*** in a more realistic way. This series has the potential of getting into my TOP 5. If not TOP 3. I understand why many people didn’t like the second half of the book; it was because the first part was so damn good that everyone wished it would never end! I wished it too. I stayed till 4AM to finish that first part and it took a while to get used to the sudden time jump. But I came to the conclusion that as it is, the story is
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I've had this book and the second of it's series for awhile. They set on my bookshelf and just look pretty. I would have read them one day...and then the third one came up on Netgalley. I have a Netgalley problem and I requested it, thinking that it would push me to read these. Yeah right.
Then my buddy Edward Lorn started reading this. He started posting updates. He teased me enough that I couldn't keep ignoring these books. Damn it.
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So this does have one of my favorite 'end-of-the-world' th
Stjepan Cobets
The book, The Passage (The Passage # 1) by Justin Cronin is a prime example of an excellently written story that the reader draws and draws to read. Although the story dark because the whole world is experiencing apocalypse enormity scale, the book tells the story about people who find themselves in these catastrophic times, who are struggling for daily survival even though the survival conditions are minimal. But in moments in the book I have too many descriptions that sometimes draw attention ...more
Jun 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favorites
A combination of King's The Stand, McCarthy's The Road, and the movie I Am Legend.

Very engrossing; the first third reads like sci-fi thriller, thoroughly setting up the scenarios of the plague that alters the world. I enjoyed the small details of the future world; no spoilers, but look for the name of the Texas governor and certain details about evacuation plans and state secessions.

Unlike others, I enjoyed the second third the best. I found the society and government established to precariously
Helene Jeppesen
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished it! 1000 pages set in a dystopian setting in which people all around America start getting a horrendous virus that makes them eat other people. In other words, they become modern Draculas but in an intriguing and very disturbing way (not like Edward in Twilight!).
I was in the mood for a dystopian read and I definitely got one with this book. I’m pleased to have finished it (because it is after all 1000 pages long!), but I’m also pleased that there are two more books to come since thi
I'm not what you'd call an early adapter, or a trend setter, or a tastemaker. I willingly participated in Slap Bracelets and Zubaz and New Kids on the Block, but alas, I waited too long, so that by the time I joined the party, these fads were already in its death throes. This has left me with roomfulls of worthless merchandise that serve only to remind me of my lagging cultural velocity.

There have been other phenomenons I have ignored so completely I have no idea what I'm missing. Chief among th
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