A combination medical thriller, horror story, and road novel, The Passage is a richly compelling tale of life after an apocalyptic event changes the world as we know it. It was also one of the most 'buzzed' about books of summer 2010, when first published in hardcover (and when we first reviewed it).
If I wanted to be snarky, I would say that you may have read The Passage in the 70's when it was called The Stand. There's no getting around it; Justin Cronin's first novel will give fans of Stephen King's classic an acute sense of déjà vu, with its notable similarities in plot, characters and settings. What makes this arguably forgivable is that Cronin's writing style is more refined than King's, and his characters more likeable and well-rounded. Despite the derivations, I was able to enjoy The Passage in its own right.
The narrative has three distinct sections...
Interesting Link: An article from the New York Times describing the bidding war that broke out when Cronin's unfinished manuscript was offered to film producers and book publishers in 2007.
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