The Passage by Justin Cronin
Where Will You Be
When The Lights Go Out?
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
I entered into this audio cautiously. I was not really sure I had a full grasp on what The Passage was going to be about – or if I would like the direction it took. Yet, it had such a mysterious buzz about it when I was at BEA in New York and U knew whatever it was – I wanted to know more.
A futuristic read which is normally not a genre I would choose for myself, I started this audio and was introduced to Amy. This little girl who’s mother tried – but made poor choices, and eventually – all there is… is Amy. I quickly grew attached to this little girl and at times in the beginning when the audio stretched into so many different directions, and I was lost in the government testing, and the odd inhabitants of the facility…. I clung to the fact that eventually it would get back to Amy.
And while I waited…. the story began to mesh and an audio that first made me wonder how I felt about it, suddenly I couldn’t wait to hear more. Soon as the story brought Amy into each scene, and I learned how she fit into this, I began to really enjoy this. The audio started following me to the bathroom when I fixed my hair, to the kitchen while I cooked or cleaned…. to the lawn mower…. to the reading room.
It is hard to put The Passage into words…. it is not so much a vampire story, but a story about a virus. A virus that takes out the world as we know it and the few that survive, live solely for that purpose – survival. Justin Cronin has woven such a detailed story here – so deep entwined in each person, in each event – that I listen in amazement in the world he has created from his mind to these words.
The “virals” as Cronin calls these blood thirsty creatures, are “spooktacular.” They keep you on your toes and seriously even on the audio I think I actually got goosebumps a few times as I worried for our small group of non effected survivors…. and they really were survivors – minus Jeff Probst.
And you really do not know when your fire will be snuffed out.
Suddenly you realize – this ain’t your grandma’s version of vampire….
Over all – the hype surrounding the book was right on and I am so glad I gave this one a try. I enjoyed this very much and highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good book adventure with qualities you found in books like Harry Potter, the originality of
With awesome words like flyers, virals, slims, jumps, smokes… and Cronin says himself , the vampire story will never go away, because it asks an essential question: “What part of your humanity would you be trading away if you got to live forever? It’s ultimately a fable to reassure us that it’s better to be mortal.”
This is the book of the summer for me. It blew me away!
Book Journey’s 2010 Reading Map has been updated to include The Passage
While passing through Colorado (if you are not a viral) you may be hankering for a bit of coffee… I would recommend The Laughing Goat Coffee House for the name and the ambiance. AND – as far as I know…. it’s a no “smoking” zone. (A little Passage humor….)
Cover Story: Oh it is fantastic! And perfect because you must always, always watch the trees…. 😉
I purchased my copy of this audio through audible.com