Book Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she’s the most important person in the whole world. She is.

Anthony Carter doesn’t think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row. He’s wrong.

FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming. It is.

Unaware of each other’s existence but bound together in ways none of them could have imagined, they are about to embark on a journey. An epic journey that will take them through a world transformed by man’s darkest dreams, to the very heart of what it means to be human. And beyond.

Because something is coming. A tidal wave of darkness ready to engulf the world. And Amy is the only person who can stop it.

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My Review

I could not love this book more, I really wasn’t expecting to. The description of the book that was given to me was “a literary vampire dystopia”, and it was! That is a very good description, however, it did not prepare me for just how incredible it was going to be.

The first section is immediately engaging, I was so invested in each of the characters. Even the initial emails between Lear and Paul had me hooked! The thing I found most impressive about Cronin’s writing was his ability to switch voices, something that most people have found overwhelming about The Passage series is the sheer number of characters but the only reason this works is his ability to so firmly differentiate between the characters. The sentence structure, the vocabulary and the dialogue changes so dramatically!

Cronin draws the modern world with undercurrents of the strange, even when we are pre-apocalypse there is an underlying understanding that something extraordinary is about to happen, something tramatic but even beyond that something redeeming. It is kind of wonderful the read an apocalyse novel that allows you, even at the beginning, allows you hope. Instead of only relying of the initial shock and gore to supply the horror Cronin allows us to hope, every step of the way, and even as that hope wanes and more horror happens we are still allowed to look forward. It certainly makes for an emotional ride, the slow build of dread.

Cronin is a master of action, he understands that the worst things something only need to happen in our imaginations. He is happy to lead us to the precipice and watch us merrily hang ourselves with the human capacity for empathy.

I have no doubt fangirled in this review. I have very little to say about The Passage apart from the fact that I bloody well love it.


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