By Justin Cronin | Paperback
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|Dimensions||234mm x 152mm x 44mm|
|Publisher||Orion Publishing Co|
|Release Date||24 Jun 2010|
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As a reviewer, Iím 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 Iím 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 itís back to the States where the military is working on a serum that will make men very nearly immortal. Itís 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. Itís a futuristic novel - much of the action takes place in a post apocalyptic, dystopian America and itís 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. Theyíre not wrong. Highly recommended.
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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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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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