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The Passage (Passage, Bk 1)
The Passage - Passage, Bk 1
Author: Justin Cronin
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 f...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345504968
ISBN-10: 0345504968
Publication Date: 6/8/2010
Pages: 766
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 167 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 1
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reviewed The Passage (Passage, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
The world as we know it has gone horribly awry. The author has written a thoughtful, exciting and, very addictive book. This is not the typical vampire novel. The creatures are frightening and mindlessly ruthless. Cronin has created a very believable, albeit terrifying scenario and, while there is hope, it is a grim read. For fans of well-written thrillers, this book will be very satisfying. The characters are well developed and the action is excellent. This is a fine novel for fans of this particular genre, as well as for those eager for a very thrilling ride. Highly recommended.
reviewed The Passage (Passage, Bk 1) on + 49 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
Folks, this is one terrific book. I actually bought the hardcover version. It is a huge book, and I wish it was it had been longer. I started to get sad around the last 1/5 of the book knowing that it was going to end, and that I will probably have to wait quite a while for the sequel. But, I am extremely grateful there will be two more books. I am so involved with all the characters, that I want to know what is going to happen to them. It is being compared to Stephen King's "The Stand", and I agree they should be in the same category, but this is a much better book.
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Helpful Score: 2
The Passage is a sweeping dystopian story that starts out a few years after our current time in a society that is still "normal." It is FBI Special Agent Wolgast's job to collect identified human test subjects for a secret Army project that has been developed after a virus was uncovered in the jungles of Bolivia that cures illnesses and slows aging - and it could potentially be turned into a weapon of unbelievable proportions. Soldiers that heal themselves? It would be a fighting force of unprecedented capabilities.

This is one of the most incredibly engaging stories I've read in quite a while - I was pulled into each character's story and event. The structure is interesting - in one section, it's in third person, and then in the next, the story unfolds through a chain of emails. In other chapters, a full report of what occurred while patrolling the compound wall on watch is detailed, and then later, a diary entry is included, or a newspaper article. It's an absolutely fascinating way to keep the reader engaged in every aspect. There were a few minor issues here and there that I could quibble with, such as pivotal moments that I wish had been revealed to the reader as they actually happened, instead of jumping to the next chapter and reviewing how the characters dealt with these major moments. It happened often enough that I noticed it and was wishing that we instead got a chance to experience these incredible events with the characters as it happened. Please - don't write this off as a vampire book. Although capturing similar elements to the popularity of vampire culture, it is so not a book about that. In fact, don't even use that word with this book. Instead, it is a post-apocalyptic story, the dystopian culture setting it far apart from anything you've probably ever read. It is a story about religion, survival, and love. Justin Cronin has successfully created an unbelievable journey into an alternate future, one that still encompasses the very basics of humanity and decency, but is also consumed by an ungodly force and power that cripples the existence of the most important thing of all: hope.
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Helpful Score: 1
First third excellent, then they go to a hundred years in the future and wow seemed like a different book! I slogged thru the middle and had a hard time with the end. Good editor would have helped. Overall Ive read the Stand, and this is NOT the Stand by a long shot. Overhyped book, which is this authors first and it shows. Wont be along for more books if it is a series. Yawn.
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Helpful Score: 1
this is one terrific read. halfway through, i was already dreading the ending because it meant i would be through with these characters. this is the first of a planned triology and it is a great story. cannot wait till book 2 comes out.
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reviewed The Passage (Passage, Bk 1) on + 20 more book reviews
Very disappointed. Thought this would be similar to Stephen King's The Stand, and the concept is, but the story telling is not. This book is around 750 pages and the story isn't finished, it's the first book of 3. Had I know that I would have never started it. The story starts out with a cast of characters that you become involved with, then 1/3 thru the book, it changes scenes, characters and story. Now you have to learn all about this other group. Then again another 1/3 of the way in, they bring back one of the characters from the beginning, and at this point, I just hoped they'd all die. Then of course, you get to the end... and there's no ending. Really frustrating to put in that much time and get nothing.
reviewed The Passage (Passage, Bk 1) on + 47 more book reviews
The fours stars I gave it are more like 3.5. Although I enjoyed the story of Amy, I did not appreciate the massive amount of characters and all the necessary details upon details that sometimes were repeated under some other person's reveries.

It was too much for me, in one word: cumbersome. I think it would have been a more endurable read had it not been told in so many pages, so many little characters and the details and descriptions upon descriptions that at times bore me.

I struggled to finish it but I did. I am not keen the way it ended or the lack of there of.
reviewed The Passage (Passage, Bk 1) on + 782 more book reviews
I loved this book! It is a long book, but it does not drag at all. There are many scenarios going on. It begins in the present/immediate future and how the world changes into what it becomes. The main character is a small child, Amy, though everything is experienced mostly by those around her. This moves along 92 years in the future and many characters and scenarios in that time become the central story then. It is told in many perspectives throughout and, at times, in the writing of emails, journals and historical documents. It extends as far as 1,000 years in the future. It is one of the most unique tales I have read. It was scary, and it was also beautiful with some most endearing characters! Well done!