Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The Passage by Justin Cronin (#33)
Everyone is raving about this book; it's been called the book of the summer. However, I was not impressed. For my taste it was too unrealistic, complicated with many characters, and a story line that just keeps going relentlessly without tidying up loose ends. It is the first book in a series of three and has been optioned for a movie so I think we will be hearing a lot more about it. I particularly enjoyed the first couple hundred pages (out of 766) where the story is concerned with a little girl named Amy coming from a dysfunctional situation. After that the story meanders and twists and I'm sorry to say I just didn't enjoy it.
The book is set in the future when a virus infecting people and turning them into vampires (virals) has gotten out in the country causing millions of deaths and leaving just isolated pockets of people without modern conveniences. People are trying to find each other and find protection from the virals. A little girl named Amy seems to have special powers that offer protection from the virals.