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Mike Kenny22 July 2010
I'm not generally a fan of vampire novels and have found the recent mega craze for paranormal romances (Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, etc) to be pretty annoying since it has resulted in there being even less space in bookshops for science fiction but, after seeing Justin Cronin interviewed on breakfast television, I decided to give in to the hype and read The Passage.
The story of The Passage is truly immense (as is the book itself actually) and it is only the first volume in what is apparently going to be a trilogy. I'm anxious to avoid spoilers since this is a very original story but to whet your appetite: The Passage begins in 2018 in a post apocalyptic world where the planet is overrun by vampire-like humans who have been infected by a virus. The virus began its life as an immunity-enhancing drug based on a virus carried by South American bats but it quickly mutated into a far more deadly thing. So far this probably sounds disturbingly like the plot for a Resident Evil game but The Passage quickly expands on this rather overused premise. While the first half of the book deals with the creation and spread of the virus, the second half is set one hundred years in the future and primarily follows a group of survivors living in California. A young girl named Amy takes centre stage in the story as it seems she may be the best hope for destroying the vampires and restoring humanity.
On the whole, I found The Passage to be an excellent book. The plot was complex and engaging and I quickly realised that I had done the book a great disservice by assuming that it was yet another attempt to cash in on the success of Twilight. I thought both halves of the story were very good but would say that I probably preferred the second half as that involved the more original aspects of the story and I really grew to like the characters involved. Even though The Passage is an epic novel, the story was so exciting and engrossing that it actually ended up being quite a quick read. I don't know how long it will be before the next book in the trilogy comes out, but there is also apparently a film version of this novel to look forward to in the future.
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. THE PASSAGE. Deep in the jungles of eastern Colombia Professor Jonas Lear has finally found what he's been searching for - and wishes to God he hadn't. In Memphis Tennessee a six-year-old girl called Amy is left at the convent of the Sisters of Mercy and wonders why her mother has abandoned her. In a maximum security jail in Nevada a convicted murderer called Giles Babcock has the same strange nightmare over and over again while he waits for a lethal injection. In a remote community in the California mountains a young man called Peter waits for his beloved brother to return home so he can kill him. Bound together in ways they cannot comprehend for each of them a door is about to open into a future they could not have imagined. And a journey is about to begin.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. THE PASSAGE.
An epic, awe-inspiring novel of good and evil that is already the most-talked about book of 2010 and is destined to be a global bestseller. Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole...
The Passage is Justin Cronin's epic and awe-inspiring novel about the battle between good and evil. Six year-old Amy Harper Bellafonte is the most important person in the whole world.
An epic awe-inspiring novel of good and evil that is destined to be a global bestseller
- Justin Cronin
- 24 June 2010
- Hardcover (Book)
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