The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Passage, by Justin Cronin is the first in a trilogy. It is an apocalyptic tale of survival.
It is the story of Amy, a young girl who is abandoned by her mother, and left with Sister Lacy, then kidnapped by the FBI to be delivered to a research facility high in the mountains, where she is to be experimented on. FBI agent Brad Wolgast has a change of heart, and tries to take her back. He has already delivered 12 death row inmates to this facility and cannot justify leaving a 6 year old girl. Although he eventually breaks her out, the world is ending. The 12 prisoners have been infected and have also broken out..killing everyone in sight. Most of the dead are “taken up” and become “virals”, a vampire-like creature.
Wolgast eventually rescues her, but does not survive the apocalypse. Amy wanders the world, until she finds a group of people who also survived the virus, in a camp in California. But the virals are finding them too, and when Amy arrives, things start to go wrong. Peter and a group of friends take Amy and flee the Colony.
The tale then becomes their tale. A small group of friends who become family, who are striving to figure things out, and find a place they can be safe. But a lot will rest with Amy…who has a special bond with the Virals.
A wonderful book ! The writing is superb. The storyline magnificent. I don’t know if you can tell, but I really liked it!
Favorite Quotes from The Passage:
“We live, we die. Somewhere along the way, if we’re lucky, we may find someone to help lighten the load.”
“Peter held up the book he had been reading: ‘Moby-Dick; or, The Whale’. “To tell you the truth, I’m not even sure this is English,” Peter said. “It’s taken me most of today to get through a page.”
“Zander was always sneaking off to the library to get more books … Guy would read anything. Said books were more interesting than people.”
Read: April 2016