The Passage (The Passage, #1) by Justin Cronin
Published June 8th 2010 by Ballantine Books
“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
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. He 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—towards the time and 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, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction. – Goodreads
My Opinion: I think that this book is definitely something that takes time because of how long it is. Even if you listen to it on CD like I did. The plot was something to be reckoned with. The book starts with Amy’s mother and ends with massacre. There are many locations and it multiple perspectives. We see the perspective of Amy’s mother, Lesley, Peter, Amy, and many others. I thought that added to the story because we see more things of the setting and we see things that other characters don’t see.I also like the unique view of how the monsters were created.
Some of the character were really awesome. I think my favorite was Amy. Even though she doesn’t talk in almost 99% of the novel, she observe everyone and makes a decision for them. Plus the whole because of who she is she can save everyone. Lisha is also really awesome. I love female protagonists that are self sufficient and reliable and can protect and handle themselves.
Something that I didn’t like about the audiobook was that sometimes it was difficult to distinguish when a new location/ character’s perspective started. in the book there are probably spaces or other paragraphs that distinguish it but in the audiobook… there was nothing.
This was a great novel and I can’t wait for the next one to come out. I would definitely recommend it.
Overall: 4 out of 5
The second novel in the series called The Twelve and it will come out on in 2012