It has been a long time since I’ve read a book that has engrossed me so completely, that I couldn’t stop thinking about it in between readings, and even now, that I’ve finished, I keep revisiting the story in my mind. Wow! What a journey. A journey that had me puzzled (in a good way), tense, nervous and emotional. I was lost in the world Justin Cronin had created and coming back to reality was difficult.
I knew absolutely nothing going in. Matt had read a little about it and said, “You have to read The Passage…I think you will like it!” He was right. And I am glad I went in without any expectations or prior knowledge of the storyline. It was a happy surprise.
So, I do not want to say too much. I will say that it chronicles the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. From a military research project gone awry to the postapocalyptic future, left in its aftermath. Cronin has an easy writing style. He is descriptive and functional, yet there are moments of poetry in how he describes settings or people. I found myself writing little quotes down and reflecting on words that held so much meaning.
The characters are fully realized. Each whole and complete. Cronin was able to this without spending a large amount of time in their history and thus, keeping the pace brisk. I finished it in week–would’ve been sooner if not for work and sleeping!
Go ahead and try it out. You will know if it is your cup of tea within the first 50 pages or so. If it isn’t–sorry. If it is? Get ready for an unforgettable ride! I am sad it’s over, but I learned that this is the first of a planned trilogy, which is SWEET! And makes me happy. I am ready to go back.