Pabkin’s One Liner: Rich in detail but long in wind.
“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
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 stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.
Justin Cronin’ s The Passage was the start to an epic apocalyptic / post-apocalyptic trilogy. It had such in depth character development that I became very attached to several of the characters. Which made things weird for me halfway through the book. I do wish there were more development of the little girl Amy. For being the person who is much of what the story is centered around she really doesn’t get much time as the POV. Her personality didn’t stand out very strongly in my mind as compared to several of the other characters.
At almost 800 pages, The Passage told two stories, first how the whole outbreak comes about with one set of characters and the second story takes place almost 100 years later with an entirely different set of characters, and their survivor colony. (Heck it could have even been split into two books.) There were quite a few times when I almost cried because there was such sadness all throughout the book. I loved Wolgast.
In my opinion the pace through most of The Passage is extremely slow and long winded, probably all the way up to the last 40%. With the way it read I guess I would compare it to someone telling you about how the chicken crossed the road, but instead of it taking one sentence to tell me this it takes two pages. So that was my biggest gripe. I think about 300 pages could have been shaved off this book and I would have enjoyed it more. Regardless, of that I still really enjoyed it and plan to read the next one.
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