Book Review: The Passage by Justin Cronan

July 6, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: The Passage by Justin CronanThe Passage by Justin Cronin
Published by Ballantine Books on 2010
Narrator: Abby Craden, Adenrele Ojo, Scott Brick
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 766
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND LIBRARY JOURNAL--AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post * Esquire * U.S. News & World Report * NPR/On Point * St. Louis Post-Dispatch * BookPage

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy--abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape--but he can't stop society's collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

My Thoughts

What a marvelously interesting, but extremely LONG book. This took me a full month, actually a little over, to listen to. I read it when it first came out but wanted to listen to it to get another feel of the story before I ventured into book 2, The Twelve! And I have to say, I am so glad I did.

This story has two major parts, before and after the fliers.

The basis of the first part is to introduce the few main players in this plot. Even though this spans a long time there are some people that make a huge impact on the way life goes along. Their addition to life allows certain things to happen and it is almost like watching dominoes fall. If just one person would have been prepared… !!! It is interesting, though, to get to know Amy and her mother. Sadly like many small parts her mother is not really remembered. Heck, without looking back I cannot even remember her name. She wants the best for Amy but her circumstances go from bad to worse. It is very interesting how Amy reacts to these conditions though. Watching her is the most interesting part of the story, and I am sure it is intended to be!

There were a few things that annoyed me when in the second part. It is a hundred years later but they all have new sayings and what not. This winds up making sense but did throw me a little every time someone says fliers. It’s like their new four letter word. It does not take away from the story but it is sort of a hiccup for the plot. Plus a lot of what happens is not fully explained. People disappear and there is not anyone around to know what happens. Annoying! There were so many new people that it could be a completely different book.

If you like animals be prepared for them all to die! So many people die in this but for some reason it is when an animal dies that I really get upset or frazzled. Why? Why Justin Cronan would you do this to the poor animals!? There is also a lot of vivisection, so be prepared for some blood! It is intense at times. Goes along with what is happening in the story so none of it is gratuitous or uncalled for but some portions I was thankful that I had not eaten lunch yet! 

The parts for one and two come together beautifully. The way Justin Cronan writes this the reader already knows what is happening but it is nice to see when something comes together. I like when an author is able to bring everything full circle, and he does.

In short, this very long book is worth the read. I tend to keep my books, especially audios, around 200 pages or so, but this one is really good. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good horror.

Full audio review coming to soon!

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.8 / 5



The Author

Justin Cronin is an American novelist. Awards he’s won for his fiction include the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Stephen Crane Prize, and the Whiting Writer’s Award.

Born and raised in New England, Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He currently lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas where he is Professor of English at Rice University.

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