Published: May 24th, 2016 by: Ballantine Books
Series: The Passage #3
Genres: Adult Fiction, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror
Format: e-ARC Source: Publisher via Netgalley
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
In “The Passage” and “The Twelve“, Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity s desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon but does silence promise the nightmare s end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.
“The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?”
The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.
But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy – humanity’s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.
One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
I’m fairly certain that if Tamara from Shelf Addiction hadn’t raved about The Passage a few years ago, I would have never even started this journey. I’m not big on “horror” anything, whether books or movies. She explained to me how the different genres mashed up, so I took a chance. Yup, I fell head over heals and immediately read the sequel, The Twelve. Here we are, FINALLY, and I had been itching to read this. For all the 624 pages, I didn’t like this one nearly as much as the first two. I’m pretty sure this is a case of it’s-me-not-the-book. Maybe if I had reread the others right before this one, then maybe I could have appreciated what Cronin gave here. Still, I can’t deny this trilogy is one of the best, so I’ll recommend it to all. I am just not as satisfied with this finale as others are. Again, I was a little overwhelmed when I read this, so that may have contributed to my less than 4 star rating.
I strongly suggest reading these books in order. The timeline is rather intricate and detailed, and when something doesn’t fit in the first book, it fits in the last. So no, do not read these out of order. In this installment we learn all about Fanning (Zero). This is where I had a hard time really focusing because it was very detailing. I found myself putting it down a lot. Still, I know that it was crucial to the overall story so I kept at it, learning about the origin of the virus and all the history thereafter. It’s been decades since the last book, so these characters are older and everyone seems to be moving on with there lives. So many lives to get through, so I did enjoy a lot of their histories. It was wonderful getting back with Amy, Peter, and everyone else. Then the shit hits the fan and it’s a lot happening. It would have been so easy to imagine a different outcome, but this is Cronin. Of course he has to tear his readers to itty bits before he ends it all.
I’m still trying to figure out if I need to read this trilogy again, now that the final book is here, but that is nearly 2000 pages all together. I’ll wait. This book is well written, but I just found myself not as invested as the other books. The horror of this world is truly amazing. I have no idea how horror and amazing can be delivered in the same sentence. That’s just how great a writer Cronin is, and I am absolutely down for reading any and all of his books. Even though this one sloped for me, I still highly recommend this trilogy. It’ll be like nothing you’ve ever read before.