Justin Cronin's The Passage

One of the most sought after book's at BEA this year was The Passage by Justin Cronin.  It's a post apocalyptic thriller complete with a virus that turns people into vampire-like creatures.  According to a PW interview I read, Cronin's daughter asked him to write a story about a little girl who saves the world.  And he wrote The Passage in response.  The first of a trilogy, it's almost 800 pages.  But it lives up to the hype.

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.

There have been some comparison's to Stephen King's The Stand and with good reason.  Cronin's put together a powerful and epic tale, and despite it's length, those middle 500 pages fly by in no time.  And when I finally closed the book yesterday, I couldn't wait to discuss a few details and wonder what will happen in the next installment.  In face, the only downside to The Passage is that I have to wait two years for the next book to come out.

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brian_ohio said...

I can't wait to read this... but I have to wait. I put my name on the waiting list at the library... I'm number 76!!!! WTH!

Maybe I should go buy it.

Janet Johnson said...

Definitely sounds epic. But we have to wait?! Gahhh!

Tina said...

I've never heard of this author before. 800 pages? That's a lot to start with a book from an author I'm not familiar with. Hmmm, I'll have to search the blogs and see what everyone thinks first. It does sound riveting.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I'll look for this one. There's so many good books out.

Shelley Watters said...

Oh my goodness this looks good. I can't wait to get my hands on it. It sounds 'Resident Evil'-esque, but instead of zombies it has vampire-like people.

I can't wait to read it. So when are you going to have a contest to give this copy away? :)

Nicole said...

It sounds great! But I'll definitely have to hold off reading this as long as possible since it's part of a series. I hate it when I have to anxiously wait for a sequel!

Ally said...

Agreed - it does sound awesome. Will be heading to the top of my reading list.

And, am I hallucinating, or have I seen this book already on the shelves?

800 pages...I'd love to get a peek at a query letter for a book 800 pages long. Eeek.