Author: Justin Cronin
Series: Book One in the Passage Trilogy
Published By: Ballantine (June 8, 2010)
My Rating: 5 Stars!
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.
I will be brutally honest, I wasn't quite sure about this read. At only ten percent in, I was ready to call it quits. It was detail oriented, confusing, and I just wasn't sure if I had the patience for it nor if I wanted to waste the time on a book so rich in detail that I feared would be hard to follow and understand.
I love it when I decide to give books just another chapter, just a few more pages, because if I hadn't, I would have missed out on a truly unique, truly complex, complicated, but oh so good, read. One that kept my mind spinning, thinking, and most importantly, turning the pages.
Cronin is the master at weaving threads, tangling them together and having them lead to something entirely other.
Dark, sinister, and riddled with the what ifs of what could be out there and what truly happened and what was, this was such a fantastic read that was hard to put down, and with it being close to 900 pages (paperback), that is saying something.
Rich in detail, mystery, and the unknown, this truly was an unforgettable read.