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The Passage - is it worth it??

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Initial post: 3 Sep 2010, 16:36:48 BST
EmmaH says:
I've been reading the Passage and like most readers have really enjoyed the first third of the book, plenty of excitement and an intriguing storyline. I'm now into the middle of the book which takes place in a new "colony" of survivors. It seems there are a whole host of new characters and I'm starting to wonder if I can be bothered.
Is it worth pursuing??

Posted on 3 Sep 2010, 18:58:10 BST
wooflett says:
I felt exactly the same. It seemed suddenly that you had to get used to a whole new cast of characters. Whilst this part of the book is not as riveting as the first section, it is definitely worth reading, but it's a shame the book is written in this format. I did find the ending somewhat of an anticlimax, and you are left not knowing what actually happens. You are left to surmise.

Posted on 3 Sep 2010, 19:29:57 BST
I Readalot says:
Yes it is definitely worth it. The first part is in a sense like a long prologue to explain how the 'vampires/smokes' came into existance, with the main part of the book being set in the future. It ends the way it does because The Passage is just the first part of a trilogy.

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Posted on 3 Sep 2010, 21:35:39 BST
Grindon says:
yeah i was kinda sad when the book ended, and like you i thought can i be bothered to carry on....really looking forward to the second part....

Posted on 6 Sep 2010, 13:06:54 BST
EmmaH says:
Thanks that's helpful, I actually decided this weekend to push ahead with it and I'm actually really enjoying it now I've got into the new characters a bit. I'm prepared for the disappointing ending.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2010, 19:20:07 BST
I Readalot says:
The ending isn't disappointing it is just left open for part 2.

Posted on 13 Sep 2010, 20:10:02 BST
B. Cooper says:
It is definately worth carrying on.
You are right there is a definate change of pace after 300 or so pages but once you've adjusted the new characters become just as rivetting.
The ending isnt disappointing at all, in fact there is a gut wrenching twist in the last line.
My take on it is that it wasnt planned as a trilogy but given its hugge success its easy to fill out the story with 2 more parts.
Finish it, its worth it.

Posted on 15 Sep 2010, 14:50:26 BST
I read The Passage on holiday and was rivetted. I appreciate the comments made about the new set of characters but did think they were engaging and would more than likely play a role (as history, as most ended up ex-characters) in the following books. Although I will admit that the less than conclusive ending was frustrating when you've made your way through hundreds of pages. Stick with it and wait for the second book would be my advice.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2010, 16:46:49 BST
EmmaH says:
I'm loving this now! Glad I stuck with it, particularly enjoying it now I've reached the last quarter of the book, will finish it this weekend,

Posted on 19 Sep 2010, 23:22:37 BST
ptgobo says:
Stick with this book. In general it is very well written. Yes, the middle does loose its way and several chapters are seemingly pointless which means that you are left thinking that the book could easily have been 200 - 300 pages shorter but the Passage is the first of a trilogy and some of the characters introduced in the colony will no doubt return. I am looking forward to the next book.

Posted on 26 Sep 2010, 10:54:28 BST
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