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The Passage

Format:  Paperback,

784 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: May 2011

ISBN-13: 9780345504975

ISBN-10: 0345504976

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The following content was provided by the publisher.
This paperback edition includes:
* A sneak preview of" The Twelve," coming in 2012
* A revealing interview with author Justin Cronin
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME""MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
"The Washington Post - Esquire - U.S. News & World Report -" NPR's "On Point - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - BookPage - Library Journal "
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, "The Passage" is the story of Amy--abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl--and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape--but he can't stop society's collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: May 2011
ISBN-13: 9780345504975
ISBN-10: 0345504976
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 784
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.45
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of Cronin, Justin

Justin Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has written several books including The Summer Guest, The Passage, and Mary and O'Neil, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize. He taught creative writing and was the author in-residence at La Salle University from 1992 to 2005. He is currently a professor of English at Rice University.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-04-01)

A human-created virus has infected humankind, mutating most into superstrong, near-immortal vampiric creatures. The "virals"-also called "jumpers" and "dracs" (after Dracula, of course)-can leap 20 feet through the air at a bound and split a human (or a horse, or a cow) in half with their bare hands. A small band of men and women embark on a cross-country trek, looking for a way to protect the few remaining uninfected humans from extinction. With them travels an enigmatic prepubescent girl who talks to the viral's with her mind and seems to have been born 100 years before.

Verdict: The monsters in this compulsive nail biter are the scariest in fiction since Stephen King's vampires in Salem's Lot. Although the novel runs 700 pages, Cronin is a master at building tension, and he never wastes words. Shout it from the hills! This exceptional thriller should be one of the most popular novels this year and will draw in readers everywhere.

- David Keymer, Modesto, CA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2010-10-01)

Wow! Nearly 40 hours in length, the unabridged audio recording of PEN/Hemingway Award-winning writer Cronin's detail-rich third novel is nothing short of epic excellence. The first entry in a new trilogy, the book is set in a bleak, post apocalyptic America at a time when the world is overrun by vampire-like humans infected by a virus. Divided into two huge parts-pre- and post outbreak-the tale is equally gripping and frightening and the characters are very well developed. To boot, Audie Award winner Scott Brick's (see Behind the Mike, LJ 10/15/09) narration is nothing short of masterly. Impossible to stop listening to; highly recommended.

- Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2010 (United States)

Book description

This paperback edition includes:

* A sneak preview of The Twelve, coming in 2012

* A revealing interview with author Justin Cronin

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY

The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News & World Report • NPR’s On Point • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • BookPage • Library Journal

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl—and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

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