The Passage- Justin Cronin
Reasons I didn’t want to read this book: My husband suggested it to me- okay, he’d been BEGGING me to read it. But my husband likes weird sci-fi books, and I don’t. He assured me that it’s not a weird sci-fi book, but I wasn’t so sure. Plus, the cover looked like it should be a historical drama novel. I heard it might be about zombies or the apocalypse or something- I hadn’t read any summaries, it’s just what I’ve heard.
Emotional Involvement: ★★★★
How to start to describe this book? It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. First of all, it took forever to read. FOREVER. Not what I would have chosen if I had known, considering I’m trying to write content for a brand new book blog! It took me a full three weeks to read- and I’m a fast reader.
As I read, I had several people ask me what my book was about. And frankly, I had a hard time telling them. There’s so much about the Passage that can’t be told, only experienced. To read a summary is to ruin the book. So I stuck with a few short descriptors. Post-Apocalyptic. Virus- but not zombies. A little girl is the main character. Set over the course of a hundred years. Deeply spiritual undertones.
Justin Cronin is a master story teller, even if he can be a bit wordy at times. Halfway through the book, I was ready to throw in the towel, but by the time I reached the last sentence, I was frantically searching Amazon for the sequel. How can a story be so outlandish and yet so true to what the human experience is? I was perplexed by my own love for this book.
The best advice I can give to someone starting this book is, stick it out. The book experiences a major shift- the story swaps from near-present day to almost a hundred years in the future, with all (but one) new characters. Those kinds of changes mid-book always throw me off, and I almost gave up. But I grew to love the second-half characters as much as I did the first-half characters, and now I’m happily into the third chapter of the sequel. The final book of the trilogy comes out in May.
To buy the Passage, check out Amazon.