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An epic novel to get lost in,
This review is from: The Passage (Hardcover)The Passage is a huge book which demands the reader's full attention. If you are not concentrating early on in the story you will be completely lost later. Cronin's narrative is sprawling and wordy but I found myself completely engrossed in the story. The book has been marketed as a vampire novel but there is nothing supernatural about the monsters here, they are created by humans. The story begins with a scientist trying to find a cure for just about everything, he thinks he is on the brink of success. The military see his discovery as a way of creating an invincible army and takes over his project. The only thing is they need real human beings to test their findings on. This is a story about human nature from the best to the worst. It has strong echoes of "I am Legend" and "The Road".
The tale is clearly split into two parts and I much preferred to first part which is set in the near-future. The character of six year old Amy is intriguing and I still don't fully understand all of the early events in the book. I am unclear about how such a young child had such a strong sense of her destiny. I think I may need to re-read it. The relationships between Amy, the FBI agent sent to find her and a sweet nun are very moving. They are all people damaged by loss or violence.
One thing I didn't like was that, just as I was really absorbed in the first part of the story, the tale moves forward by ninety years and it is almost as if another author has penned this part. The latter part of the book is story about human survival against all the odds and about bravery,loyalty and friendship. I think that this part could have been pared down somewhat as it is overly long and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. There are some gruesome moments and strong language as you would expect from this genre.
I am sure that this would make a spectacular film, especially as vampires are so in vogue at the moment. If you haven't time to read such a huge book I would really recommend the audio book version. Narrated by Scott Brick it is 36 hours long and would fill plenty of long train journeys.
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Initial post: 18 Sep 2011 20:18:56 BDT
C. Taylor says:
does this novel stand alone, or is it part of an intended series?
Posted on 13 Oct 2011 22:10:30 BDT
I totally agree with you, I felt the same about the first part and the rest. It seemed to me like the author had a brilliant idea and was inspired but then sort of run out of steam. the end of that first part feels abrupt and it is a real shame that the stories of Wolgast and Carter are just dropped like that (I hope they get picked up again in the sequels) and replaced by an array of characters I felt no interest in, at least when they are introduced. Some of them kind of grew on me, but like you I found that middle bit of the novel unnecessarily long and a bit dull. The third part gets better, but I also did not fully understand what exactly made Amy special in the first place (before she got given the virus). I am thinking of the zoo sequence. What made her a special child? Maybe I missed something.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2011 22:11:21 BDT
Cronin is writing two more books, the next one is called "The twelve" and should be published next year
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 22:17:03 GMT
Ms A. MacKenzie says:
just finished reading the passage after having a long break from it did take a it of jolting the memory to remember what happened in the beginning and the same question as you...why was Amy special from the start? i also think this would make an awesome film if kept to the storyline including Sara's diary
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