I actually finished this book a few weeks ago but haven’t had the chance to write a review on here about it yet. I heard a lot of good things about this book and was really intrigued to read it. It’s quite a hefty book (at 784 pages!) and I was so glad to have had this as my first kobo purchase!
I wasn’t too sure what to expect with the book based on the jacket’s summary. It seemed interesting enough, about a post-apocalyptic world and the circumstances that led up to that point. Definitely something I’d be interested in. And I was for the most part. A good chunk of the first part of the book follows several characters and the circumstances leading up to the “apocalyptic event”. It was at moments good and other moments quite drawn out. Justin Cronin takes a different approach to a “vampire virus” that people are infected with. When the first part ended and it moved onto the subsequent parts, I found myself wondering how Cronin was going to drag this out for another 2/3 of the book.
Parts 2 and onwards follow the life of the people living in said world, and how they & their descendants have adapted to the circumstances. Almost similarly to Emma Donaghue’s Room, where I previously discussed how surreal it would be to live your whole life with one closed “reality”, only to one day find out that there’s a grander world out there. The characters in the latter part of The Passage all deal with similar feelings in their own way, whether physically, mentally or spiritually. A friend likened this book to The Fellowship of the Ring, where a band of unlikely companions travel & work together towards a specific goal.
One thing I found hard to follow were some of the characters and their relationships with each other. It’s quite a large cast of characters with moderate development into most of them individually so I found at times trying to remember who was who, and who’s related to who. “Babcock and The Twelve” was hard to follow, though I guess that might have been the intention.
Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book – but I guess I had it over-hyped for me. Perhaps my expectations were too high from all the feedback I heard about it. I honestly don’t think the book needed to be as long as it was. This is also apparently the first of a trilogy which I’m a little curious about, but if they’re all going to be this lengthy and drawn out, I might just Wikipedia the synopsis…
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5/5 stars)