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The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Passage

butifldzastr, August 31, 2012

Interesting, engaging book, but after 800 pages, I feel a little bleary-eyed. Here are my issues with this one:

-First half of the book was amazing. It was a book I couldn't wait to pick up after work. The characters were well-thought out and I really liked the build-up to the actual apocalypse. The second-half was plagued (ha) with issues.

-Too many characters, ideas, side-plots, etc in the final 400 pages.

-Did I not understand the characters A.V. or were their motivations just completely unclear?

-So much tension. It was almost nauseating to read the final 400 pages completely on the edge of my seat.

-Too many characters were reintroduced through unncessary additional side plots. Theo, for instance, and the entire town with the train and Olsen Hand. Lacey and Jonas. Galen in the barn on the farm. The world is a big place, did these characters really need to return so we could see the completion of their story arcs?!

-There was tension constantly leading up to Major Viral Activity and then in some cases, we never got to read 'in-the-moment' about the fights. It was recalled to us afterwards by characters or journals. I don't really get why the exciting parts were recaps and I was especially disappointed by never getting to read The Nights of Blades and Stars.

-Too many unbelievable elements in the last 200 pages including at least two too many people with super powers.

Why didn't Cronin just cut out about 250 pages? It would have helped with all the above issues, and put this book at a 4 star rating! Still, that said, I liked this one. I will probably read the sequels, eventually. For now, book has set a mood... which mostly has me eyeing the windows and thinking how screwed I would be if virals attacked.
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