It’s always a thrill when a book lives up to the hype. I’ve been hearing about The Passage by Justin Cronin for over a year now. The publisher couldn’t stop praising it, saying that it had that special “something” and was going to be the book of the Summer and have everyone talking…blah, blah, blah… Publishers are paid to drum up interest for their new titles, and want to create “buzz”, so this kind of promotion has to be taken with a grain of salt.
This time they had it right. The Passage is a 700 page-turning monster of a book that you can’t believe is over so quickly. Cronin brings his impressive literary style (as a PEN/Hemingway Award winner) to post-apocalyptic America and a world where survivors desperately try to bring order out of chaos.
There are viral vampires (of course there are vampires!) and leaps forward in time leaving beloved characters behind only to engage you with new survivors facing the consequences of decisions by their predecessors. This first in a proposed trilogy will bring all kinds of readers together, those that loved the horror of Stephen King’s post apacoplyptic world in The Stand will find something to love as will those that were gripped by the language of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I’m sure when the year is over this title will be sitting on a number of “best of” lists. Put your copy on hold today!