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The Passage

A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
Series: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18,200 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”

Now a FOX TV series! THE PASSAGE airs Mondays at 9/8c.

Named one of the 10 best novels of the year by time and one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Esquire, U.S. News & World Report, NPR/On Point, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BookPage, and Library Journal.

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”  

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. 

Look for the entire Passage trilogy: 
 

  • The Passage
  • The Twelve
  • The City of Mirrors

Praise for The Passage

“[A] blockbuster.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Mythic storytelling.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Magnificent... Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them.... The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road: a story about human beings trying to generate new hope in a world from which all hope has long since been burnt.” (Time)

“The type of big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night.” (The Dallas Morning News)

“Addictive.” (Men’s Journal)

“Cronin’s unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind.” (Parade

©2010 Justin Cronin (P)2010 Random House

Critic Reviews

“Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.” (Stephen King)
“Magnificently unnerving . . . The Stand meets The Road.” ( Entertainment Weekly)
“Justin Cronin has written a wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel. The Passage is the literary equivalent of a unicorn: a bona fide thriller that is sharply written, deeply humane, ablaze with big ideas, and absolutely impossible to put down.” (Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad)

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A new type of vampire


The Passage is a well written novel about vampires, with a new and creative twist. I thought the first several hours laid out a good foundation to the rest of the story. Justin Cronin did a wonderful job in the introduction of all the main characters. They were well thought out and interesting. Overall the book was pretty good. I look forward to book number two.

108 of 117 people found this review helpful

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Too much blah

This book started off ok. Back and forth between certain characters to build up character development. Then the author stuck on this particular character and just went on and on and on. There was no character development, just random background that made it very hard to focus or be engaged with the story. At one point, the author attempted to connect two story lines together and it made zero sense. This was all in the first few hours of the book. I never got past the first narrator, either.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Too much brooding and too long

I really wanted to like this book, but I just could not get into it. It is WAY to long. There are long hours spent on development of characters that don't really move the plot forward, of course you don't find this out until the book abruptly ends with many questions unanswered. The author also repeated the same ideas over and over and consistently over describes people events and things. There were many interesting ideas in the book, but most of them were not brought to a satisfying conclusion, and there were a few events towards the just seem to come out of left field. The main idea and story is interesting and I think I may have liked the book a littler better if I would have read it because I could have skimmed through the tedious parts. I would not recommend this book to most people.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

I liked how the book start... gripping intro of characters, building of suspence in the first part of the book...and then everything fell flat. I kept waiting for it to pick up and I was waiting for the loose ends to be tied togethers and each ending of various branches of the story were weak and disappointing. The vampires play a very weak role in this book. It is not a book I recommend to my "vampire" book reading friends. Don't wait 2 credits... I'm glad I only had to pay 1 credit!

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Friday
  • Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • 07-29-10

I really tried

Okay. Being a big Stephen King fan, I thought this book must be good, given his blurb about it. Maybe the book is good. I couldn't get through it. After 14 hours of listening, I kept wondering, "What's the point?" I enjoyed the first part of the book, but then it just kept plodding on and on and on. I know many readers/listeners enjoyed the book. I just couldn't bear to finish it.

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Absolutely Horrible

The story could have been interesting but spiraled hopelessly into tons of subplots starting and stopping. Even though it sounds like there will be a sequel a book still needs a beginning middle and end. This story has the beginning and middle the keeps going and doesn't go anywhere except into a story that has no climax or resolution. Don't waste your time, money, or credits as I did.

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  • B. Reid
  • Camas, WA, United States
  • 01-18-19

When does anything interesting finally happen?

After 22 hours, I simply can't wait any longer. I chose this book because I enjoy the genre, and the preponderance of positive reviews coupled with rumors of a motion picture to come gave me cause to be optimistic. But I have now invested 22 hours of my time, and I'm not engaged.

There is much jumping from character to character, time to time, and place to place, making it all the more confusing to follow. But for all of that, it seems much ado about nothing. There has been nothing to grab my attention, except my continued hope that something may develop that hasn't developed yet. I'm giving up.

When I chose the book, I did so in spite of the narrator. I have listened to other books performed by Scott Brick, and I can recall thinking that I would never choose another book forcing me to listen to him again. This one has only served to reinforce that view. This man has an extremely limited set of skills with which to bring a story to life. His tiresome sing-song approach is just that - tiresome. Every phrase has the same delivery, regardless of what might be happening in the story. I am more convinced than ever that I should respect my resolve to avoid him in the future.

Simply a sad state of affairs. Just sad!

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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A strong start that descends into zombie apocalypse cliche

This book starts very strong, with an engrossing story filled with mysteries and interesting characters. About a quarter of the way through there is a time jump, and all of that is thrown out and replaced with tired zombie apocalypse cliches. While the infected in this book are not zombies, more similar to the vampire/zombie combination of I Am Legend, all of the old zombie tropes and cliches are present.

I continued to listen with the hope that some of the writing from the first quarter would show through, but that wasn’t the case. All the way to the end was a slog. The same things happened over and over again and then there was some magic mumbo-jumbo and then it ended.

This is a very poorly written book overall and I can’t imagine how two sequels were written, unless they are just the same things happening over and over again.

Scott Brick’s narration was very flat. All of the characters sounded very similar. After 30 hours of listening, I still couldn’t make out any character voices. The other narrators were excellent and filled with life, but they accounted for only a handful of minutes and couldn’t save the narration overall.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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This book was so so bad!!!! Don’t waste your money

Don’t waste your time or money, this book dragged on and on and on and on and on and on about nothing.

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  • CJ
  • Houston
  • 04-09-17

Awful… Just plain awful!

I am a major sci-fi fan… This book is just ridiculous. It was recommended by friend, and I usually trust her recommendations, however this book to me is just a laughing stock! I knew a lot of people liked it and I respect that, however I did not feel there was any cohesion between the characters; it was just a replay of apocalyptic stories that have been told before; absolutely nothing original in my opinion. I couldn't even finish it… So what does that tell you?

26 of 28 people found this review helpful