The Passage

The Passage

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780345516862
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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DavidS_PACL
Sep 13, 2019

Beautifully written book with wonderful metaphors peppered throughout. One of the best epic post-apocalyptic books that I've read since "The Stand". First book of a completed trilogy.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 27, 2019

I read Stephen King's review of this book, and since I enjoy his criticism and he raved, I was greatly looking forward to this. I could not have been more disappointed. Cronin isn't near as good a writer as I think he believes he is. He couldn't pull off the oblique, deeper stuff, so he should have just gone for a good sci fi, end-of-the-world adventure yarn, but he didn't. As my friends who know my reading habits know, I'm more fond of a good apocalyptic novel than most, but this didn't deliver on its promise at all. This novel dragged on and on. The characterizations were shallowly and poorly drawn; just personality type cut-outs like you would find in an inferior young adult novel. I thought all along that I was probably going to give this a just OK two stars (after all, it did have enough in it to make me read all 8.2 million pages),but then the last tenth of the book - what should have been the big payoff - was just ridiculous.

So, don't believe the hype and the number on the Bestseller List. Skip this nonsense.

liljables Jul 03, 2019

Longtime fan of this series, just coming to say that The Passage on audiobook is top-notch. My non-reading partner thoroughly enjoyed this story on a recent roadtrip, and when the book was over, he asked "why didn't you borrow the second one?!" I'd call that a glowing review.

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Buff413
Apr 20, 2019

I loved it! Once I got started it was hard to put down. I watched the tv show that's based on the novel and then read the book. The show made some changes from the book but it worked well. Now I will read " The Twelve".

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ahippie
Apr 02, 2019

A moderately interesting take on vampires and post-apocalyptic. The story jumps around in an effort to have cliff hangers as often as possible at the end of a chapter.

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lisser
Feb 19, 2019

There are so many unanswered questions I have while reading this book (what happened to the bats in the beginning, this could happen repeatedly?) and at the end (which I will not spoil the ending if you have not read this). While it is interesting and feels a little different from other dystopian novels, there are similarities that can be figured out before you finish reading the book. It is well written, I did not want to skip entire paragraphs of fluff that can fill some books, but I would like to have more answers to how certain situations were left. I would recommend reading this if you are looking for something to read if you ran out of book ideas.

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isaachar
Jan 09, 2019

Every time I swear off vampire books, I find a new twist on them that brings me back to the genre. After hearing this trilogy would be getting a television series I rushed to get my hands on the first book. This book did not disappoint, but the beginning and middle were a lot stronger than the end. The story takes place in two time periods, the modern world just before most human life is wiped out, and around a century later among the survivors. The story keeps your eyes peeled to each page until around the last 4th of the book. For some reason, the surviving characters begin making decisions that don't seem rational. The repetitive excuse of "have faith in your destiny" or "you'll know what's right" kept coming up, and it was a little distracting. The book also uses a lot of direct foreshadowing. Not just to things in later books but things in later chapters, or even the next chapter. This kept me reading but felt overplayed towards the end of the book. All in all, this is a remarkably interesting first entry with only a few flaws.

IndyPL_JillL Dec 05, 2018

I love books that pull me into a world. That is exactly what The Passage did. I feel like I know these characters. Well written and well plotted.

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DonnaMeness
Nov 26, 2018

I have read the trilogy.. very happy it will be on TV.

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sevenup
Jun 18, 2018

I didn't love it. I borrowed it because there was a lot of hype and a waiting list, so I figured it was good. Also, a critic had compared it to The Stand which I thought was excellent. I am always reluctant to abandon books so I stuck through it to the end, and now feel like there are hours wasted that I cannot get back, where I could have been reading something more engaging. I found the characters to be somewhat flat. In 784 pages, there should be enough character development to make me care about them. I could not tell the difference between the protagonist and his brother. Amy was an empty shell. The book is filled with descriptions of fighting and slaying, so if you're into that, you might like this. The science wasn't very sciencey, and the plot wasn't very intricate. Remember on the Walking Dead where they just hung out on that farm and blah blahed for a whole season? It's kind of like that.

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enigma122 Jul 17, 2012

Good,I do enjoy post-apocalyptic stories this one doesn't dissapoint BUT a bit long let us see what's coming next.

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Gwendoulos
Jul 01, 2012

dystopia: the world is depopulated by deadly vampirish virus

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