Monday, 14 April 2014

Book Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin

My Copy of The Passage

Publication Date: January 1st 2011
Genre: Adult Fiction,Science Fiction,Mystery
Pages: 963
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
My Copy: Bought (Paperback)
Goodreads Summary: 

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 Views:

This book is a beast and i was intimated by it for a long time. It sat on the shelf collecting dust for over an year but once i started it, it was hard to put it down. It is a first part of a trilogy and in that context it reads like an origin story. A government experiment gone bad which results in the collapse of the world as we know it. 

The books starts and you are hooked within the first fifty pages. You connect with the characters and are interested in knowing what happens to them. Then something happens which threw you off completely. Personally, it took me sometime to get used to the change in story but once you get past the initial shock and the story moves forward it becomes this page turning epic survival saga. 
It's essentially a vampire novel and before that puts you off, trust me it's one of the good ones. I enjoyed every bit of it. Justin Cronin's writing is exquisite. The characters are multi layered and the story is fast paced. The book is very intense at times and has been compared to The Road by Cormac McCarthy (I haven't read that one) and Stephen Kings works.
The amazing thing about this books is that even after reading almost 1000 pages and still wanted more by the end. It was that interesting. I loved the start, there were some hiccups in the middle but the end made up for it. I would definitely will be picking up the next books in the series. Give this book a read, i promise you won't regret it.

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