The Passage by Justin Cronin
A Novel

80%

22 Critic Reviews

...uses a number of tropes that may be overly familiar to genre fans, but he manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND LIBRARY JOURNAL—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
 
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.
 
“Enthralling . . . You will find yourself captivated.”—Stephen King
 
“Magnificently unnerving . . . The Stand meets The Road.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Great entertainment . . . [a] big, engrossing read.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
“Mythic storytelling.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
The story of Amy continues in The Twelve, coming soon. Look for a special preview in the back of the eBook.
 

About Justin Cronin

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Born and raised in New England, Justin Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Awards for his fiction include the Stephen Crane Prize, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He is a professor of English at Rice University and lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published June 3, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 897 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Parenting & Relationships, War. Fiction
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All: 22 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Dec 22 2010

The young girl as heroine and role model is a nice touch. Otherwise a pretty ordinary production, with little that hasn’t been seen before.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jan 05 2017

...uses a number of tropes that may be overly familiar to genre fans, but he manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 06 2010

And as its moments of calm are interspersed with battle scenes, the book becomes more familiar. Its most elaborate feats of exposition are out of the way, but there remain some important unanswered questions about Amy...

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Courtney Webb on Jan 06 2017

Justin Cronin has written a blockbuster with some utterly beautiful lines. The Passage has a quality that this reviewer has never encountered before—it is such a mixture of literary parts and yet it works and flows perfectly.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Colin Corlett on Jun 21 2012

Cynically, I would say this was written for the movie, but it is a damn good image. How can I best sum it up? Long, rambling, frustrating, addictive, terrifying, all these words and more. Will I buy the follow up? You bet.

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AV Club

Above average
Reviewed by Todd VanDerWerff on Jun 03 2010

As good as it is, The Passage seems destined to have too few vampires for the vampire fans and too many of them for quality literature fans. For those who can find their way to the middle ground, though, it’s a lot of fun.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Carol Memmott on Jun 17 2010

Always simmering in the background of this frightening thriller — first in a trilogy — is a heartfelt portrayal of the human capability to fight, endure and hope for a better world. Cronin has given us what could be the best book of the summer. Don't wait to dive into The Passage.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Mark Graham on Jun 04 2010

The biggest disappointment I had after finishing The Passage, was simply that. I have to go back to reading ordinary books again. I noticed that I read more slowly near the end to make the book last, but now it is finished.

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Oregon Live

Above average
Reviewed by April Henry on Jun 19 2010

Stephen King loves "The Passage," which is no wonder because it will remind many readers of "The Stand." Nothing here is completely new, but Cronin puts it together in new ways, creating a sweeping epic that will hold your interest for days, if not weeks.

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Denver Post

Good
Reviewed by Dorman T. Shindler on Jun 17 2010

And Cronin nails the ending, leaving readers with just the right sort of tease to keep them waiting on the edges of their seats for the promised sequel in two years. Many people feel this will be the “it” book of the summer; there’s little reason to disagree.

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SFFWorld.com

Excellent
on Jun 28 2010

The Passage is the rare novel that has lived up to the prepublication hype and in many ways, exceeded it – one of the best books I’ve read in 2010.

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SFFWorld.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Yon on Mar 20 2010

This is going to be a book for 2010. Forget Twilight and all the other post-apocalyse vampire wanabees. They are but simpering children compared to this. The Passage is the real deal. Adult. Mature. Epic. Classic.

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The Ranting Dragon

Good
Reviewed by Caitrin Clewell on Jan 04 2011

If you love Michael Crichton, Stephen King or Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, I think you’ll love this vampire novel for adults. Post-apocalyptic , dark and expansive, The Passage won’t let you down.

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Crosswalk.com

Good
on Jul 13 2010

Again, this is a theme we have heard before, but it is one we never tire of. The Passage will make your summer reading memorable this year!

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Strange Horizons

Below average
Reviewed by T. S. MILLER on Jul 26 2010

...outstrips the average thriller in terms of both depth of characterization and smoothness of prose, but for me it doesn't stand out enough among the hordes of post-apocalyptic undead to justify the considerable investment it demands.

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California Literary Review

Good
Reviewed by Katherine Tomlinson on Jun 17 2010

It’s disappointing that the whole story doesn’t play out in one volume—this is a hefty book at nearly 800 pages—but Cronin has given his readers a feast here and they’ll need time to digest it before he delivers the next course.

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SciFiNow

Above average
Reviewed by James Rundle on Aug 23 2010

...as the pace changes so drastically between the time periods that you often feel as if you’re reading a different novel entirely. What rescues the tale and sustains it throughout is Cronin’s deft hand, however. He writes in a way that’s quite simply a pleasure to read...

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Daily Camera

Good
Reviewed by Clay Evans on Jun 26 2010

If that sounds like a lot, it is. But Cronin pulls it off with panache and it's never dull. It's the kind of novel that keeps you flipping pages without ever looking to see what page you're on.

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West Orlando News

Excellent
Reviewed by VICTORIA ANDREW on Jul 04 2012

I could not recommend this masterpiece of a novel enough. Read it. It will deprive you of sleep yet shall ultimately inspire, challenge, enlighten, and amaze you.

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Reviewed by Rhomylly Forbes on Jan 06 2017

Although slightly too futuristic and fin de siècle-esque for this reviewer’s personal taste, The Passage is a great read.

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It's All About Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Suey on May 19 2010

This is the kind of book that is far out there, yet eerily realistic and plausible at the same time. This is the kind of book where if you are not reading it, you are thinking about it and dying to get back to it...

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Reviewed by JESSICA BARTON on Jun 11 2010

Personally, I can’t wait for whatever comes next. If the following books are anything at all like this, we’re going to be presented with an absolute powerhouse of a series.

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