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The Passage

By Justin Cronin | Paperback | 3 Review(s)

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Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is. Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row. He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming. It is. THE... read more

Release Date
24 Jun 2010
Justin Cronin
Orion Publishing Co
152mm x 234mm x 44mm
Release Date
24 Jun 2010
Justin Cronin
Orion Publishing Co
152mm x 234mm x 44mm

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As a reviewer, I’m automatically biased against blockbusters. When you have to read six to eight books a month, I look at anything over five hundred pages with deep suspicion. And I’m also very wary of books that are over hyped by the publishers and this one came with a lot of noise. However, believe the hype. This is probably the book of the year. From page one I was hooked. The novel begins in the United States with a young girl abandoned by her desperate mother, moves to the jungles of eastern Colombia where a group of American scientists comes to a dreadful end before it’s back to the States where the military is working on a serum that will make men very nearly immortal. It’s an absolute page turner but so much more than just an action thriller as Cronin writes his characters so beautifully you care about the lot of them. It’s a futuristic novel - much of the action takes place in a post apocalyptic, dystopian America and it’s not one I would ever normally pick up but I am so glad I did and cannot wait to get stuck into the sequel. The publishers call this the publishing event of the year. They’re not wrong. Highly recommended.

Review comments:

Thanks Kerre I'm intrigued by this book and keep thinking - will I or won't I buy this. Guess now I will!
15 Jul 2010 18:52:39 | Desna Wallace

Thanks Kerre. This is one I wouldn't have picked up but after reading your review will be going to get it tomorrow!
15 Jul 2010 19:45:07 | Katrina O'Connor

Well although I haven't yet read the book it sounds like it will be a bit of me! Great review!
15 Jul 2010 20:04:46 | Ginny Blair

Thanks Kerre for the review, looking forward to reading "The Passage".
15 Jul 2010 20:20:55 | Kim Davis

sounds like an interesting read
15 Jul 2010 20:22:32 | Jenny Latto

Again another book I bought solely on Kerre's review--- this looks to be just as interesating as Freeing Grace and cannot wait to start reading them both. I've never been disappointed in any book she has reviewed
15 Jul 2010 20:32:53 | Lynne Ryder

It sounds like my kind of book - I love page turners. Now I will have to buy it!
15 Jul 2010 21:38:11 | Jeannie Lauti

I see this book everywhere, heard the hype and bought it. I can't wait to finish the book I am currently reading (but can as I am enjoying it so much - Paul Cleave (Kiwi) - The Cleaner) so I can start this massive book.
15 Jul 2010 21:41:09 | Tracey Pinny

Hi Kerre This sounds an interesting read which I plan to try. Also Freeing Grace sounds good. I enjoy reading your reviews as you cover such an eclectic range of books, many I might not otherwise pick up. Cheers Anne
15 Jul 2010 21:56:24 | Anne Gardiner

This would have to be the best book I have read all year. If there is one book you read this year, make it The Passage. It has everything right from the first will not regret it! At Hamilton Paper Plus there are several of us that just cannot get enough of this book and can't wait for the next two!
16 Jul 2010 08:09:05 | Lesley Mounsey

I'm thrilled to read this review. The last hugely hyped read was the Twilight series. I reluctantly got on board and found them extremely disappointing (well given I'm not a teen anyway). So I became wary of huge promotions on 'must read books'. It is great to hear that the hype in this instance IS all that it is cracked up to be. Can't wait to get my hands on the book now. Thanks Kerre.
16 Jul 2010 08:31:24 | Kim Reilly

This book sounds a lot more interesting than i would have thought. As I usually judge a book by it's cover, i wouldn't have read this as it looks like it should be a Grudge style story. Now i may just read it. :P
16 Jul 2010 08:31:34 | Annie Hawker

Hi Kerre, this is one book Ive picked up in the bookshop, put it down, picked it up again. But now you've given it such a glowing recommendation Im off to Paper Plus here in Northlands to buy it!! Many thanks & thanks for the reviews - it sure helps when hesitating over buying a book or not.
16 Jul 2010 09:07:54 | Linda Jones

Thanks Kerre I've been holding off on this one,heard it was a bit of a The Road look a like,now I can go ahead.
16 Jul 2010 09:54:41 | Michael Potroz

This is the second review I have heard saying this is THE book to read (albeit slowly so as not too finish it too quickly!!) Judging by a couple of the other comments - this is definately the next one to buy! Thanks good reading everyone!
16 Jul 2010 10:40:52 | Julia Butler

Have just begun reading this book and as you said its easy to get into. Hopefully the kids will occupy themselves for a little while so I can get stuck in and read some more. he he
16 Jul 2010 10:47:34 | Maria Boyd

Thank you for a great review! I am terrible for judging a book by its cover and this was one that really appealed to me! Although being a student its hard to have a book binge when money is a bit squishy but this is a must on my save up list!
16 Jul 2010 11:30:41 | Bonita Williams

I read your review, and you made the book sound thought provking, so I went out that brought it, you were right I couldnt put it down. The struggles that she went through, the whole story line grabs you and you end up living through the story also. I Love It!!!
16 Jul 2010 11:55:30 | Jennifer Simpson

Thanks Kerre. I picked up this book the other day, read the blurb and put it back down again as it sounded too "futuristic" for me. Glad to hear that it is worth a punt - will definitely be going back for another look. Wouldn't have done that without your great review! Cheers!
16 Jul 2010 17:08:05 | Tania Brittain

Not my usual type of book but Kerre's reviews which I find very reliable has roused my interest in 'The Passage' so it is now top of my list to read.
16 Jul 2010 18:05:13 | Robyn Severinsen

sounds like a good read :-) I look forward to finding some time to read this book
16 Jul 2010 18:42:21 | Carolyn Cave

Can't believe you didn't start with the fact that this was the book of the year. It needed to be stated in the first line which would encourage people to read on. I only did because I have read it and loved it!! Infact I was really sad when I finished. My pick of the year-best book I've read and I love reading.
16 Jul 2010 19:23:44 | MICHELLE Townshend

I actually bought this book, and I'm about 4/5ths of the way through it, and I agree, it's fantastic. I'm a big fan of a good dystopian novel, but this is definitely my favourite so far. I'd recommend it to anyone. The enjoyment I'm getting out of it is easily equal to 2 movies you could watch for the same price as buying the book, plus you can read it over and over again =) Can't wait to get to the end!
17 Jul 2010 19:30:09 | Georgina Murphy

I am just about to start this book. Not my normal read. From what ive heard though it sounded to hard to resist!
18 Jul 2010 08:40:00 | Naomi Pitt

oh yay, can't wait to read this one! have heard absolutely AMAZING things about it! Need to find a week-weekend when i have nothing to do though...otherwise nothing will get done. :)
19 Jul 2010 12:42:28 | Mandy Honey

Day off tomorrow. Just might have to pay a visit to Thames Paper Plus. How much violence is in this Kerre? I will admit to finding The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo too violent and sick for my tastes.
21 Jul 2010 20:23:01 | Helen Baker

Thanks for the review, I will be buying this book, can't wait to read it.
21 Jul 2010 20:37:46 | Julia Bell

No, there's none of the graphic sexual violence of the Dragon Tattoo; some violence but not gratuitous, if you know what I mean. I don't think it will offend you. Thanks for the feedback. Kerre
25 Jul 2010 10:19:18 | Kerre Woodham

Well, I'm not much of a reader - why join a book club you ask? It's to encourage me to read more as my daughter is an avid fan of books and particularly PaperPlus! This book however, has such a review that I know I will have to buy it - so many thanks Kerrie!
25 Aug 2010 15:26:42 | Alison Whitfield

Well I went out and bought this book and such a disappointment it was. I am a very avid reader getting through 3-4 books a week but this was certainly the biggest let down ever. Science fiction couldn't describe it but I persevered and read about half of it before finally tossing it aside and thoroughly enjoying Freeing Grace instead. If anyone wants The Passage they can have it and I could not recommend it to anyone sorry Kerre
25 Aug 2010 17:06:02 | Lynne Ryder

Hi Kerre, Thanks for the great reveiw. You have inspired me to go buy it. I have been looking for a good read for ages. Hope it lives up- I'll give it a go anyway. Cheers
25 Aug 2010 22:52:32 | Denise Beckett

It's a massive read, but really worth it! I too loved this book, found it addictive and just wanted to conquer it......wonder when the next one is due out....?
28 Sep 2010 10:04:00 | Colleen Gallagher

Wow - this certainly sounds like a book for me - am thinking to treat myself with a new physical book (instead of eBook) and I think this is it. Thanks
22 Nov 2010 18:05:53 | Jo Fothergill

Hi Kerre, my partner and I are reading this book right now and it's so good, creepy as heck, but really good!
22 Nov 2010 20:45:46 | Glen Bellamy

Hi Kerre. This book really didn't interest me much, that is, until I read you review! It will now be the next book I get! Kristin.
23 Nov 2010 10:23:28 | Kristin Kavanagh

This was my favourite read for 2010 (even outdoing Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and I've recommended it to friends who have also enjoyed it. I can't wait for the second in the trilogy.
23 Nov 2010 10:57:24 | Maria Rowe

Sounds really interesting can't wait to read it
23 Nov 2010 14:35:42 | Angela Pratt

Thanks for the great review. Will be sure to buy this one.
23 Nov 2010 16:03:49 | Julia Bell

I am definitely going to be reading this book after your reviews! Busy week this week, but next week I can see myself with my feet up and this book in my hand. Thanks
23 Nov 2010 16:05:14 | Teresa Bury

Hi Kerre, I'm not a huge reader so I can really appreciate how engrossing this story is, thanks for your review!
01 Dec 2010 10:13:27 | Glen Bellamy

I heard about this book on the radio and thought that I'd get it for my partner for Christmas, but after reading your review I might just keep it for myself! Thanks Kerre.
13 Dec 2010 17:08:43 | natasha sparks

My 13 year old devours all the vampire stuff and this sounds like it's a good book to take on holiday with us. One that we can all enjoy.
13 Dec 2010 18:06:48 | Jim Hollingsworth

Sooo many people have recommended this book I just have to read it!!
13 Dec 2010 18:10:37 | jenny perry

Thanks Kerre! Have been wondering whether to read this book - keep nearly buying it! Your review have made me make mind mind up - I will buy! Sounds like my kind of book! Thanks again!
13 Dec 2010 20:24:15 | Claire Spadafora

Excellent, I've been looking for something to add to my xmas wish list!
13 Dec 2010 21:02:19 | Jane Goulding

I love a well told story and this is definitely up there! I did find the first part a little disjointed, but it was more because so many people's stories were being told, but not too far in to the book, the story seemed to come together and I couldn't put it down! It definitely left you wanting to know what else happens though, as so many questions were left unanswered, that you just have to line up to read any sequel(s).
13 Dec 2010 23:06:43 | Donna Brown

Hi Kerre, Thank you for the review! I had seen this book everytime I entered Paper Plus but had not yet had the chance to check out what it was about! Thank you for letting me know - it's definitely a book I'd be interested in! Now I know what to ask Santa for this year! Thanks again :-)
14 Dec 2010 00:22:56 | Cathy White

Hi Kerre, I have seen this book everytime I have been in Paper Plus (which has been many, many times!) but had not had the chance to read what it was about - thank you for letting me know! This is definitely a book I'd be interested in and since I've been good this year I hope Santa will buy it for me! (Well, he'll at least get a hint now anyway ;-D). Thanks again!
14 Dec 2010 00:25:53 | Cathy White

I had looked at this book a couple of times and when I heard Kerre's review I bought it. I loved it and couldn't get enough time to read it. It mesmerised me as to how they would move on in each chapter - not my general genre but have shared it with all my colleagues and they are yet to come back and say they did not enjoy it. Was at the same point until this new reivew and I am now going to buy Ken Follets book - another new read/author on Kerre's recommendation
14 Dec 2010 06:40:12 | Therase Apatu

Thank you so much for reviewing such a wide range of books, it is really interesting!
14 Dec 2010 08:51:54 | Erin Firmin

Hi Kerre This book sounds like a great book for my husband, I think I will buy it for him for Christmas. Cheers Jackie
14 Dec 2010 09:02:24 | Jackie Claridge

Not normally my genre but am now keen to read this. Thnaks, Jo
14 Dec 2010 15:44:36 | Joanne Pilkington

LOVED this book. I didn't realise this was to be a trilogy until I was getting near the end and it wasn't showing signs of complete resolution (though don't worry, you definitely get enough answers to satisfy - for now!). Really excited to read the next two books.
14 Dec 2010 21:34:51 | Georgina Murphy

Hi Kerre, I also am not a fan of Sci Fi but on your recommendation I will give this book a go. It is always good to read out of your comfort zone.
15 Dec 2010 12:23:23 | Tania Dalbeth-Hudson

If I even get the chance to read a worthwhile book i would choose this one. I find it fascinating and intruging expecially the book cover. I can't wait. Thanks.
15 Dec 2010 23:14:33 | Corazon Kitchin

This book definitely sounds intriguing. I look forward to reading this.
16 Dec 2010 09:28:02 | Teresa Bury

I too don't normally read Sci Fi whereas my husband does. Hopefully we will both enjoy this book. Thanks for the heads up.
27 Dec 2010 10:37:54 | Therese McTague

This sounds like a really interesting read - will look out for it
16 Feb 2011 11:20:49 | Andrea Hendy

I love your reviews,frank,honest and to the point Rae Patten
16 Feb 2011 13:29:22 | rae patten

This sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for your reviews . . . I am always on the lookout for new authors to try . . . now I have one
18 Feb 2011 11:56:29 | Sharon Atkins

Overall a good read. I skipped a lot in the middle that seemed irrelevant at the time and I don't seem to missed anything by not reading it. I am pleased that I read it. Not as good as The Road but along similar lines.
22 Jun 2011 09:26:20 | Tanya Borck

Excellent book - my daughter bought it for me as a Birthday gift and now she has borrowed it and her sister is waiting to read it also. Says a lot about the author. Thanks Kerre for your brilliant reviews.Suzie Wilson
27 Jul 2011 07:55:35 | Suzie Wilson

Couldn't agree more Kerre! Can't wait to read the next two :)
27 Jul 2011 09:52:36 | Lisa Collins

Thanks Kerre for this review, I will be purchasing this book this weekend!
29 Jul 2011 14:18:58 | Meredith Kelly

This book sounds really interesting, It'll have to be next on the list to read. Thank you!
29 Jul 2011 15:20:59 | Melanie Hankinson

Great review Kerre its my kind of book Thnanks :)
17 Aug 2011 09:38:12 | Christine Bensemann

Wow, this sounds really good, thanks for the amazing review :)
10 Feb 2012 18:28:01 | India Baker

Sounds like a book I would enjoy, must look out for it!
14 Mar 2012 13:33:03 | Glenys Key

Totally agree! I can't wait for the sequel.
11 Apr 2012 09:44:17 | Joanna Niederer

I have been meaning to buy this book for far too long now, and this review makes me even more certain that I need to get it soon! Thanks for the review Kerre!
07 Jun 2012 09:58:40 | Kelsi Hole

I've actually had the same reservations about this book, but my mother has recommended it. I was unsure, but now I have seen so many converts and positive feedback on it, I will give it a go! Thank you!
15 Dec 2012 00:14:00 | Laurel Connell

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19 Jul 2012
By Lynne Barlow
The Passage

One of the most gripping books I've read in the last two years and I read at least 2/3 books a week, all sorts. I first read it early last year and now. with the anticipation of a sequel looming, I have just read it again. Every character comes alive and the various story lines at the beginning quite quickly come together to make sense. It's chilling and thrilling and utterly absorbing. I don't buy many books but I can't wait to buy this one!

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19 Jul 2012
By Lynne Barlow
15 Mar 2012
By Karen Moffatt-McLeod
The Passage - worthwile read

Don't let the size of this book put you off! I read a book a week so the size was a little daunting to start with but once you start reading it is hard to put down. Cronin builds his characters very well, you feel like you know them, you care what happens to them, the decisions they make, the actions they take, even the so called "bad guys". The basic story line is not a new one, but the telling of it is which adds to the intrigue. I have to admit I was a little disappointed by the ending, I felt it was a story slightly unfinished, but now I know there is a sequel it all makes sense! I would put this on a list of top 20 must read books from the past couple of years. Karen

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15 Mar 2012
By Karen Moffatt-McLeod
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