Review: The Passage


Title: The Passage

Author: Justin Cronin

Publisher: Ballantine

Genre: Thriller/Dystopian

Rating: Meh.  3 out of 5 stars.

This book was a chore, much like reading the Grapes of Wrath in high school was a chore. I saw enough promise in the beginning to start the book–Amy is a very interesting character with a very interesting life. The virus looked promising. I also liked the allusions to aliens and God and religion.

Then it became a zombie/vampire apocalypse novel with too large a cast of characters and too great a time span for me to care about anyone. And it had WAY too much information. I think if this book had been half the size, it would have been a decent book. But this was like a door weight, and it didn’t need to be.

The plot really meanders. I think if it could have focused more on Amy and then Peter, it would have been better. There’s a decent story here, but it’s buried in words, and I found myself skimming a lot to get through it. I couldn’t keep track of half of the survivors at the camp, much less care what became of them. It didn’t help that relationships between men and women in the book are stiff and formal, almost side notes to everything else going on.

So if you like lots and lots of words . . . eh, go for it. I won’t be reading this author again.

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