The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage (Passage Trilogy Series #1)The Passage. Finished audio 12-4-13, rating  3.75/5, vampirish fiction, 766 pages, pub. 2010

Unabridged audio. I listened to the audio and enjoyed it although it took me about four months to get through all 29 cds.

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” 

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

Let me start by saying that I don’t consider my few thoughts on this book to be a review.  I am overwhelmed by the holidays  right now (or maybe it’s just life) and don’t have the time for the review this massive tome deserves.  But I want to start 2014 fresh and that means posting about the books I’ve read this year actually in this year!

Because it took me so long to get through it, it is a little hard to remember  some of the beginning details. I remember meeting six-year old Amy and her mother and agent Wolgast, their early story stuck with me in a way that some of the rest of it didn’t.  The government was trying some crazy stuff to help humans live, if not forever, at least as long as Noah from the Bible (950 years).  But like many things run by the corrupt and greedy there was a problem and they unleashed upon the world Virals.  Virals are vampire-like, but not like your Edward Cullen vampire, think more nasty and ugly.  The United States did not survive and the Virals went international.   This book tracks America after the Virals disrupt life as we know it,

I liked most of it.  The beginning while good, annoyed me because every time I cared about someone they died.  It was better for me once main characters started surviving and I could get more invested.  There were some cheesy parts surrounding the 12 super virals, but I accepted it because I was interested in how humans were going to survive when they were totally cut off from each other.

This is not my usual  reading, but I needed to see what all the fuss was about.   I received the next in the trilogy, The Twelve, last year and I’d like to see what happens but I definitely need a break from the desolate world Cronin created.