The Passage Series by Justin Cronin

Title: The Passage Series

Author: Justin Cronin

Publisher:  Random House Audio/Ballantine Books

Format: Audiobook/eBook

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Overdrive Library

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

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.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.
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This series is absolutely fantastic, and it spans around 25 years with the main characters, and 1,000 years if you consider the epilogue. Each book is huge, and I did a combination of reading and listening to each of the books. The Passage really sets the stage, and introduces us to Amy who is the central character to the entire story. Her story is heartbreaking, and defy anyone who has read this trilogy not to be moved by the overall story of her life. It’s tragic and beautiful and necessary but I still wish something could have been done to save her. My breakdown of each book is as follows:

Title: The Passage

Author: Justin Cronin

Publisher:  Random House Audio/Ballantine Books

Format: Audiobook/eBook

Publication Date: June 8, 2010

The Passage is a strong piece of writing that is absolutely fantastic. It introduces us slowly to the characters, and then gives us nothing but action until the end. I’ve cared about the characters more than I ever thought possible. It seems odd that so much information and happenings could be contained within one volume. It is a rather large book however, so be prepared to settle in for the long haul. The best part of this book is seeing how dynamic and interesting the characters are. These are no simple characters they are complex, and have many different facets to themselves. Sister, brother, warrior, healer, adventurer, engineer, etc. It is a wonderful bit of writing and by the end I can’t wait to find what is going to happen in the next installment.

 

Title: The Twelve

Author: Justin Cronin

Publisher:  Random House Audio/Ballantine Books

Format: Audiobook/eBook

Publication Date: October 16, 2012

The Twelve started off with a bang for me, and never really let up. I wanted to cry with Sara and Alicia when I read about The Homeland. The worst part was that Guilder’s backstory made him slightly sympathetic, although he was honestly a terrible person, and deserved everything that happened to him. I love the way this book took characters like Peter, Michael, Hollis, Amy and Greer and really tied them in all over the place. This was some serious plot development to envision how everything would turn out, and start these characters off from different points and lead them together to entwine. The ending to this one was ultimately satisfying although it does leave some rather large questions for the third installment to answer.

 

Title: The City of Mirrors

Author: Justin Cronin

Publisher:  Random House Audio/Ballantine Books

Format: Audiobook/eBook

Publication Date: May 24, 2016

City of Mirrors was way way too long. It was fantastic, but I’m glad that I mostly read this one instead of listening to it. It was hard enough to get through without the listening part. There was just too much reiteration, and I know that there were 4 years between the 2nd and 3rd book. This was too much reiteration of things that were currently happening, I didn’t need to be told of Alicia’s heartbreak every chapter, the recap at the beginning was more than enough. It also felt like there was a lot of filler here to just add time and tension, which actually just led me to skimming large portions of the book. That being said, we did get some final answers, and it was so nice to finally have that. It did seem odd that they didn’t find any other human survivors, although maybe it isn’t given what happened. I did like how Amy’s story came full circle in the end, although it still grieved me how much of her life she spent alone. She was a great person, who didn’t deserve any of what happened to her but none of it was a choice for her to make. I was annoyed though by the epilogue which featured a new character with a new backstory just to tell us about the North American continent. So unnecessary.

The series as a whole was well-written although very long-winded, and for the series I would give 4 out of 5 stars.

4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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