Lettering and Literature

The Passage

Author: Justin Cronin
Series: The Passage (Book 1)
Paperback: 766 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (June 8th 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345504968
ISBN-13: 9780345504968


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. Wolgast 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–toward the time an 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, masterly prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

What I thought: This book is a mix of vampires, The Walking Dead, and Stephen King’s The Stand. While this book is NOT for light reading, I flew through the adventure and was left wanting more. There is a television show out at the moment by FOX and frankly, it is going too slow for me. While there is a lot to be said about the father/daughter relationship between Wolgast and Amy – I can’t wait until shit finally hits the fan and we are transported far into the future (where Amy is even more of a fucking badass). While a lot of what happens in the beginning is important – my favorite part of the story was seeing the future where humans have to adapt to the new way of life fighting against the virals (or “flyers”).

The Quote: We live. We die. Somewhere along the way, if we’re lucky, we may find someone to help lighten the load.

Why I chose it: In a post-apocalyptic America – it’s important to try to appreciate the little things like human connection. Especially in the face of such monsters terrorizing our heroes.

About the Author:


In 2010, Justin Cronin’s The Passage was a phenomenon. The unforgettable tale that critics and readers compared to the novels of Cormac McCarthy, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, and Margaret Atwood became a runaway bestseller and enchanted readers around the globe. It spent 3 months on The New York Times bestseller list. It was featured on more than a dozen “Best of the Year” lists, including Time’s “Top 10 Fiction of 2010,” NPR’s “Year’s Most Transporting Books,” and Esquire’s “Best & Brightest of 2010.” It was a #1 Indie Next Selection. It sold in over 40 countries and became a bestseller in many of them. Stephen King called The Passage “enthralling… read this book and the ordinary world disappears.” Now, PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Justin Cronin bring us the conclusion to his epic trilogy with The City of Mirrors. For the last time, Amy—the Girl from Nowhere, who lived a thousand years—will join her friends and face down the demons that threaten the last of humanity. Justin Cronin is also the author of Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer’s Award. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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