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I want my time back.. *spoilers ahead*,
This review is from: The Passage (The Passage Trilogy Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I picked up this book at a local Asda, just to have something to read. Personally, I totally regret it. Like many people have already mentioned, first part of the book is pretty good. But why read this and then proceed to hundreds of pages of literally nothing, is beyond me. I can't believe this is only the first book of three. What an nightmare. For the 500 or so pages, almost nothing happens. I found the main character, Amy, quite boring and actually failed to even care what happens to her throughout the story. Moreover, the constant drivel about the importance of the girl is annoying. She barely does/says anything. The whole idea with the virus itself doesn't even add up, some people become virals, others apparently can just live infected with superhuman powers (Lacey, Alicia). Others, like Zander seem to choose who and when they kill. Journey through the desert is just flat-out dull, described stop by stop and what they did there. Characters are pretty much uninteresting, and most of them get killed off anyway. Honestly, as I got closer towards the end of the book I was so sick of those Babcock-related nightmares and dreams to the point of feeling nauseous. An ending was a huge disappointment to me. So, is that what I get after plodding through hundreds of pages, some of which I had to skip plainly out of boredom? I am disappointed and will not be buying any of the further two books.
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2011 09:24:47 BDT
I, too, got very sick of the Babcock stuff. The characters in the first part were well-drawn and even though I liked the idea of shifting into the future, the characters and story didn't hold up for me. I have a feeling that women get super-powers while men just get dead, but I won't be hanging around to see. Or maybe Alicia is a descendant of Amy's mum.
Nice review, anyway. Pity I didn't see it before I bought the book!
Posted on 16 Aug 2012 09:29:57 BDT
Mr. M. A. Gaunt says:
I'm not sure where your view point is coming from, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The reason Lacey and Alicia can live with the virus and not turn into a viral is explained that the virus was perfected. Zero and the twelve where the ones that went wrong, the trial and error so to speak. Amy was the success so using her they were able to perfect the virus which in turn was given to Lacey and Alicia. Zander didn't chose who and when to kill, he was human when he told Caleb to go up the tower but knew he was turning presumable as he had been scratched or bitten when at the library. It was also explained that the turbines distorted the virals which is why they didn't attack him until he came down and made a run for the power station. Also the journey through the desert is broken down to make it quick and easier to read by journal entries from Sara, again I can't see where your step by step part is coming from? And once again I quite liked the fact the author wasn't afraid to kill off characters in the book. To many books have a happy ever after ending where all the main people survive and save the world, it's refreshing to have a book that kills people off you come to grow an attachment too. I guess each to their own, I just don't understand how you came to the viewpoints you did based on what I have put above. :S
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