Author: Justin Cronin
Series: Book Two in the Passage Trilogy
Published By: Random House (October 16, 2012)
My Rating: 5 Stars!
At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small group of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the second volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.
To do this, they must infiltrate a dozen hives, each presided over by one of the original Twelve. Their secret weapon: Alicia, transformed at the end of book one into a half human, half viral—but whose side, in the end, is she really on?
This trilogy is so hard to describe because there are so many things I love about it. While the original concept for it isn't necessarily unique, the author's imaginative way in which he created the virals, The Twelve and the characters in it, are.
Cronin is a master, hands down, in being able to tell a story riddled with detail, intricate foreshadowing, and the ability to weave a tale back and forth through time that all comes together full circle in a way that only a true writer can.
Imaginative, engaging, and completely all its own, this is not your usual tale of vampires, monsters, and an apocalyptic world where humans have to fight to survive.
There is so much more to this story. So much that intertwines and connects that at times, it truly is mind blowing.
I can't even really say too much other than Cronin is truly a gifted writer and storyteller and if you are looking for something that is like nothing else, then this is the story for you. Something that you have to dissect, and rethink, and re imagine. Something that will keep you on your toes, keep your mind working and thinking and always wondering, then this is the series for you and Cronin is the author for you.