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The Passage - Justin Cronin
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The Passage - Justin Cronin
Advantages: Amazing storyline, easy to get into, keeps you guessing throughout, grips you from the start!
Disadvantages: I have to wait a year for the sequel!
I went on holiday with work for a week a while ago and worked nights. Although I had taken entertainment with me, I just didn't take enough and ran out of things after one night. So during my day off, I popped over to Tesco to pick up a book. Tesco usually have a lot of books in but this store had a small selection so I just grabbed two on the two for £8 offer that jumped out at me. One of these was 'The Passage'.
** The Passage **
The Passage was published in 2010 and is written by Justin Cronin. I have never heard of him before reading this and wasn't sure that I would get into the book, as I usually go for the same author as I like their writing styles.
The Passage is set in the near future and begins by following a young woman who has recently given birth to a girl, Amy. We see Amy's mother flee a violent relationship and take Amy on the run with her. After a series of events, she leaves Amy at a convent where we first see that Amy is 'Special'.
At the same time, the story follows an FBI agent who has been given the 'special task' of visiting a series of death row inmates and offering them their lives back if they join a top secret government project, all of them agreeing.
When we get an insight into this project, it is clear that the government are researching a virus and using these inmates as subjects in their research.
I don't want to give too much of the main plot away so will leave it there with the first section.
The novel then goes into a new section, which is set further in the future and many people in the world have been killed by a deadly virus. In California, there is a colony of what is believed to be the only survivors left.
When a handful of these survivors go astray, we follow them as they begin a search for more survivors and get in insight into just how much the world has changed.
** Well worth a go! **
I don't want to give too much of the plot of this book away as it really is an amazing novel and surprises you throughout, even though you may think you have guessed what is coming.
Although I was worried about not getting into this book as first, I really enjoyed it and struggled to put it down. Unfortunately, as I have been working so much over the past month, it has taken me a month to get through the whole book (which has around 1000 pages in all) and I wish I could have read it quicker and all I wanted to do was get stuck in!
Cronin plans to write a further two novels and make this into a Trilogy. 'The Twelve' and 'The City of Mirrors' are due for release in 2012 and 2014. I am already itching to get my hands on 'The Twelve' and when I realised there was a sequel was straight on Amazon to order it, I was almost heartbroken when I realised I had to wait another year!
I have also seen on Wikepedia that movie rights to 'The Passage' have already been purchased, however, I'm not sure how true this may be.
This novel is not the kind of thing that I would usually read, again as I don't want to give away the plot I don't want to say what it would come under in genres. I usually read a lot of fiction, but things that are easy to read. Although this was easy to read, it wasn't Twilight or a girly novel.
It is quite an intense novel, Cronin goes into a lot of detail with everything and it is the kind of novel where you really have to concentrate on what is happening, if you drift away for even a few sentences you may lose the plot!
The two sections of the novel are quite different, I found that I really enjoyed the first part but struggled to get into the second as the characters and the environment changed drastically. However, once I got stuck in again, I really enjoyed the second and was gutted when it finished!
I definitely cannot wait for the sequel to be released, my boyfriend has recommended that I wait until late 2013 to read it so that I don't have to wait two years for the third instalment, but I don't think I can wait that long!
I would definitely recommend this book if you like something that gets you thinking throughout and trying to work out what will happen next. But don't read it if it upsets you when you cant guess what is coming, as it is difficult to predict what may happen next!
Summary: I haven't read anything this good for a very long time!