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The Passage : A Novel (Book One of the Passage Trilogy)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls "a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction." "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 NAMED ONE OF THE TEN 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 - Library Journal "[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."--Paradeshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 766 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.67g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0345504968
  • 9780345504968
  • 122,085

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-Cronin has given us what could be the best book of the summer. Don't wait to dive into The Passage.---USA Today -Cronin's unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind.---Parade -Great storytelling ... vital, tender, and compelling---O, The Oprah Magazine -A blockbuster...astutely plotted and imaginative---The New York Times Book Review -Cronin gets it just right; the combination of attentive realism and doomsday stakes makes for a mesmerizing experience.---Salon.com -We've just found our summer escape!---Elle, -Top 10 Summer Books for 2010- -Magnificently unnerving . . . A The Stand-meets-The Road journey.---Entertainment Weekly, A- -Addictive, terrifying, and deeply satisfying. Not only is this one of the year's best thrillers; it's one of the best of the past decade--maybe one of the best ever.---Men's Journal -A literary richness that rivals Stephen King's The Stand.---Time -Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin's engrossingly horrific account of a postapocalyptic American overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies...manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style.---Publishers Weekly (starred review and -Pick of the week-) -Literary author Cronin turns in an apocalyptic thriller in the spirit of Stephen King or Michael Crichton. . . . The young girl as heroine and role model is a nice touch.---Kirkus -[An] apocalyptic epic . . . Expect a lot of interest in this title.---Booklist -The monsters in this compulsive nail biter are the scariest in fiction since Stephen King's vampires in Salem's Lot. . . . This exceptional thriller should be one of the most popular novels this year and will draw in readers everywhere.---Library Journal, starred review -Meet what is likely to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer.---People -Imagine Michael Crichton crossbreeding Stephen King's -The Stand- and -Salem's Lot- in that lab on Jurassic Park, with rich infusions of Robert McCammon's -Swan Song, - -Battlestar Galactica- and even Cormac McCarthy's -The Road.----The Washington Postshow more

About Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors, Mary and O'Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writers' Award. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.show more

Review Text

"Cronin has given us what could be the best book of the summer. Don't wait to dive into The Passage."-USA Today "Cronin's unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind."-Parade "Great storytelling ... vital, tender, and compelling"-O, The Oprah Magazine "A blockbuster...astutely plotted and imaginative"-The New York Times Book Review "Cronin gets it just right; the combination of attentive realism and doomsday stakes makes for a mesmerizing experience."-Salon.com "We've just found our summer escape!"-Elle, "Top 10 Summer Books for 2010" "Magnificently unnerving . . . A The Stand-meets-The Road journey."-Entertainment Weekly, A- "Addictive, terrifying, and deeply satisfying. Not only is this one of the year's best thrillers; it's one of the best of the past decade-maybe one of the best ever."-Men's Journal "A literary richness that rivals Stephen King's The Stand."-Time "Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin's engrossingly horrific account of a postapocalyptic American overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies...manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style."-Publishers Weekly (starred review and "Pick of the week") "Literary author Cronin turns in an apocalyptic thriller in the spirit of Stephen King or Michael Crichton. . . . The young girl as heroine and role model is a nice touch."-Kirkus "[An] apocalyptic epic . . . Expect a lot of interest in this title."-Booklist "The monsters in this compulsive nail biter are the scariest in fiction since Stephen King's vampires in Salem's Lot. . . . This exceptional thriller should be one of the most popular novels this year and will draw in readers everywhere."-Library Journal, starred review "Meet what is likely to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer."-People "Imagine Michael Crichton crossbreeding Stephen King's "The Stand" and "Salem's Lot" in that lab on Jurassic Park, with rich infusions of Robert McCammon's "Swan Song," "Battlestar Galactica" and even Cormac McCarthy's "The Road.""-The Washington Postshow more

Rating details

147,641 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
5 39% (56,881)
4 37% (54,452)
3 17% (24,778)
2 5% (7,961)
1 2% (3,569)

Our customer reviews

I really wanted to like this, really I did. Everybody told me I would love it, and to be honest the first few chapters were great and I couldn't put it down, but then it got into a repetitive sequence and I only kept reading because I wanted to know how it would end.show more
by Sharon
"Something is coming" ... how very true. Set in the very near future what happens when a deadly viral strain is unleashed, where only 10% of the population when affected survive but become vampire-type creatures. This story begins with three stories: firstly, a professor travels to the deepest jungle in Columbia and unwittingly brings the virus back to America. Secondly, an FBI agent is given the job of acquiring test subjects of 12 convicted murderers who are all on death row. And thirdly, a little girl, Amy, is also sought after to be part of experiments. Everything is set in place for the world to erupt in total destruction and hopelessness. But a hundred years later there are a few survivers, and Amy. Why is she still alive and what hope does she bring for the survival of the human race? I couldn't put this book down. Because the story changes and is unpredictable it kept me totally intrigued. I loved the characters and the story and look forward to the next book in the series. Highly recommended for older readers who would enjoy a terrific book. 10/10show more
by SUE CALAGAZ
Reason for Reading: As soon as I heard of this book, which was before any of the buzz or hype had started, I knew I had to read it as I love apocalyptic novels and this had all the ingredients that made it sound like a book I had to read. First, all the buzz, the hype, the comparisons to classics in this genre and the talk about this book is true. I fell into this door stopper tome and became hypnotized by the world I had entered. I can't remember the last time I carted an almost 800 page book to the beach with me! But once I had started reading, I was trapped and could only stop reading for the very essentials of life. I have not read Justin Cronin before but this is an author who can write and I will be checking out his two previous works. Essentially, this is the story of a girl who saves the world. The plot is so complex it is almost impossible to give a summary without writing pages but I'll try. A hideous scientific experiment goes terribly wrong and a virus is exposed in the United States. It eventually destroys modern civilization on the North American continent (the fate of the world is unknown), leaving behind scattered groups of survivors and horrible infected persons who have been turned into something no longer human. Because of their lust for blood and some of their habits such as death by exposure to light the media, in the early days referred to them as vampires and occasionally to the virus as the "vamp virus". However, throughout the book various groups have different names for the infected ones, most commonly called virals, and while some names such as "dracs" refer to vampires, everyone knows these are people who have been infected with a virus. In my humble opinion, this is not a vampire book. One of the survivors is a little girl who was also experimented on, the last one. She turned out different though, she appears perfectly normal and a CIA agent rescues her where they then flee to the mountains and live a reclusive life. A hundred years go by and now commences the majority of the book. How life is being lead now with the remains of civilization around the new societies, living in a world where nighttime is to be avoided, using sources such as batteries but having no replacements once they are gone. This life can only last so long and one day into it walks a girl. A strange girl, who may hold the fate of humankind in her hands. I just love this book so much!! There are so many characters and all are so deftly created to be complete, complex human beings. The world Cronin has created is amazingly real and is one that is completely believable of a post-apocalyptic society. His characters deal with real issues such as brotherly tensions, falling in love when it is not reciprocated and when it is, overcoming personal fears, and personal growth. The Passage is a journey in many ways. A physical one across land, one of growth personally for each character and a spiritual one as deep questions are raised and realized. My only problem with the book is that nowhere in the book's description does it tell me that this is the first in a proposed trilogy. It took a little googling to find that out. So the ending is an ending but it is also a beginning and while I look forward to continuing with the story in the future I was a little miffed at first that the seven hundred odd pages wasn't going to give me a finite ending. My final word, though, is if you like post-apocalyptic books this is a Must Read as it will no doubt go on to become a classic.show more
by Nicola Mansfield
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