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Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin

October 7, 2011

First line: Before she became the Girl from Nowhere – the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years – she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy.

When I first started reading reviews of this book, I was a little turned off by the insistence of several reviewers that this was a “vampire novel for adults.” I’ve never been a huge fan of vampires (I hate Dracula and let’s not even start on Twilight). But then I heard that this was less, shall we say, mythological, and more government conspiracy and I was much more interested.

Justin Cronin starts with a world that is reminiscent of movies like 28 Days Later and I Am Legend. Overzealous government experiment gone wrong, conflicted government agents, innocent bystanders. But he took the familiar story into new territory, weaving in elements of philosophy and fate, and the many possible futures of a humanity split by horrible events.

The narration changes depending on the time being described, but the story held my attention between multiple times and people. Justin Crownin managed to put a new spin on an old story with great characters and an interesting twist.

While this book is definitely adult fiction, and the writing style (and length) make it feel more literary than sci-fi, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to an advanced high school reader, especially if they had enjoyed some of Orson Scott Card’s Ender books, or Nick Sagan’s trilogy.

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