Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Release Day Review: The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

Title: The City of Mirrors
Author: Justin Cronin
Series: Book Three in the Passage Trilogy
Published By: Ballantine Books (May 24, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Fantasy/Dystopian
My Rating: 5 Stars!



Book Description:
In "The Passage" and "The Twelve", Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity s desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon but does silence promise the nightmare s end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.

"The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?"

The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy – humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.


One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate. 











This review is probably the hardest one I've ever written. Ever had to contemplate, compose, and try to convey just how great the story was and not just this book, this book of genius, but the whole trilogy as a whole. 

Cronin is truly talented. I know I've said it before but the man is brilliant, hand downs a master at his craft. 

Words, my words, my simple non masterful words, can not do this series, this book justice. 

Honestly, I don't even know where to begin. So much was woven together, carefully plotted, planned, and executed and it showed in every single sentence, paragraph, and page. 

This book was like a magical journey to another time and place that you get so immersed in, so caught up in that you lose time while in it. The real world around you disappears and there is nothing but the world that he has created for you and thrown you into. 

It isn't like other books in its genre. It stands out. It's unique, creative, imaginative, and well designed and I couldn't of been happier with the way it all came together and came about. The way information, facts, and details slowly all came together, made sense, and most of all, was brilliantly laid out. 

It was both bittersweet and satisfying to have this trilogy end and one I soon won't be forgetting or recover from. 








*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

44 comments:

  1. I don't know what I'm waiting for! I seriously need to read these books; they sound utterly incredible!

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  2. I've had this trilogy on my TBR list and I really need to get around to reading it.

    Simply Angela

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    1. I hope you do, it truly is fabulous!

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  3. So glad this was an epic series for you Ali, I love when I find one like this that has me grasping for words to adequately describe it:)

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    1. Yes, they really are one of a kind. ;)

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  4. YES...when I wrote my review I kept thinking..I am not worthy to write this, to give it the recognition it deserves. I am sadden it is over, but very curious to see what he brings us next.

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  5. When a book whisk you away to another world. It's always hard to say goodbye.

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  6. Yay! I really think if I wasn't so bummed out with everything going on in my life when I read this, I probably would have given it four or five stars. Still, I rec this to everyone!

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    1. I can understand that completely. Either way, so glad you did like it. ;)

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  7. I have to add this trilogy to my TBR ASAP!! Glad you enjoyed this!

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  8. Great review and I agree with it being one of the hardest I ever wrote, now try doing it with a 150 word limit LOL - http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/city-mirrors

    Loved it too obviously!

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    1. Oh my gosh Debbie, there is no way I would have been able to do that!

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  9. Oh this is great -- I've been wanting to start this series and even purchased the first book so I'm glad to know you love it! Great review!!

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    1. It was beyond fabulous. I really hope you love it.

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  10. I love when a books is so good, it makes writing a review almost impossible.

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  11. Word! It was so hard writing a review for this. Thanks for reading them with me, so I could babble to someone as we went. lol

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    1. No seriously, thank you! There is so much I think I would have missed or not understood otherwise. It was nice having a sounding board. ;)

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  12. Oh, wow, Ali, consider me completely convinced. I've waited so long to read these books and I can't even tell you why, except that so much love for it from most of my friends is somewhat intimidating. I will be reading it soon, though.

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    1. The best part is that they are all out now so you don't have to wait. I really hope you love them Maja!

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  13. I just got done reading my second review for this book. Yet, another glowing review! Glad you loved this one!

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  14. Oooh a magical journey! I need to rewatch Narnia!! Also, I love the color of your post :D

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    1. LOL, I love that movie and, thanks Lola. ;)

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  15. I didn´t know this was the third book xD bad for me!
    Great review
    xx

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    1. Yep the final book, definitely bittersweet. ;)

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  16. It's amazing finding a book or author that stands out in the crowd like that. Yay!

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  17. I know just how it is to hard it is to review a book like this. I'm glad you liked this one. I can't wait to read it and see what happens. I need ANSWERS.

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  18. Ali, I've read all your reviews on this series and picked them up from the library because you convinced me how awesome they sound. I'm actually handing book one off to my hubby (hard to please reader) first. So far he's really intrigued. So glad you loved the writing and world. It may be awhile but plan on getting to these :)

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    1. OH I'm so happy to hear that Kim! I hope he and you both like them!!

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  19. Oh you make me wonder about these. I have read reviews on all of them of course but to say you aren't worthy? Wow. I am completely intrigued now. Thanks!

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    1. Trust me, he is a genius, my review so doesn't do the trilogy justice.

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  20. This series looks really great. I have no idea how I missed it up until now. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Thanks Melanie! I remember hearing about it when it first came out but not giving it any thought until (literally) years later. I'm so glad I did though, it was worth it!

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  21. This series has gotten so many great reviews!! I can't wait until I can actually read it!!

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    1. I really hope you do read it and that you love it too. It really is so unique. ;)

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