Epic stories like The Passage do not come along every year. This could have easily been split up into 2 or 3 books but Cronin is giving readers their money's worth in this fast-paced, deep, horror/sci-fi/apocalyptic novel. The night-walkers in this tale do not sparkle in the sun. They have razor sharp teeth and the ungodly desire to spread their infection. Justin Cronin has the literary skills of Cormac McCarthy and can write a fantasy as engrossing as Stephen King.
A Hudson Booksellers Best Book of 2010.
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND LIBRARY JOURNAL—AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News & World Report • NPR/On Point • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • BookPage
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.
“Enthralling . . . You will find yourself captivated.”—Stephen King
“Magnificently unnerving . . . The Stand meets The Road.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Great entertainment . . . [a] big, engrossing read.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Mythic storytelling.”—San Francisco Chronicle
The story of Amy continues in The Twelve, coming soon. Look for a special preview in the back of the book.
“[A] magnificent beast of a new novel . . . a story about human beings trying to generate new hope in a world from which all hope has long since been burnt . . . What makes The Passage special is the extraordinary level of verbal craft and psychological insight. . . . Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he weaponized them.”—Time
“Imagine Michael Crichton crossbreeding Stephen King’s The Stand and Salem’s Lot in that lab at Jurassic Park, with rich infusions of Robert McCammon’s Swan Song, Battlestar Galactica and even Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.”—The Washington Post
“A wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel, The Passage is the literary equivalent of a unicorn: a bona-fide thriller that is sharply written, deeply humane, ablaze with big ideas, and absolutely impossible to put down.”—Jennifer Egan
“Addictive, terrifying, and deeply satisfying. Not only is this one of the year’s best thrillers; it’s one of the best of the past decade—maybe one of the best ever.”—Men’s Journal