Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Passage


I'm not sure what prompted my reading of The Passage by Justin Cronin as it's not typical of what I choose. However, I'm glad I borrowed this one from the library, even if it is 700+ Pages.

Good Reads' Synopsis: "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."

What I Thought: Well, this was quite a story. And not a short one as it spans more than 100 years in the history of the US. I wasn't sure where it was headed at the beginning and just when I was really getting into things, the timeline jumped far forward. I caught on though and really started getting involved with the plot. I had to find out what happened and why. I'm not sure what is up with the post-apocalyptic theme in my reading lately (and in TV) but I like the departure. If you are not a sci-fi fan, that's okay as this isn't really sci-fi. While it was a longer read, I really liked it. And bonus, a second book has been released, which is good because I didn't want this one to end. You know I love a good series!

Rating: * * * *

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