Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (57)

The Passage by Justin Cronin

"It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born."
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he's done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction. [summary from]

I first heard of this when Lenore reviewed it as part of her Dystopian February blog feature, and I wondered why I hadn't seen it earlier. Doesn't it sound eerily fantastic? Apocalyptic, plus I think there might be vampires... the real, creepy kind. I don't usually read adult fiction, but the few that have caught my attention and been highly recommended have turned out to all be exceptional... so I'm looking forward to this one!

The Passage will be published in hardcover by Random House on June 8, 2010.


  1. Oh man this book sounds SO GOOD!! It gave me the chills just reading the summary. haha. Great choice!!

  2. This one has been on my radar for awhile, and I cannot wait for it to find its way into my mailbox!

  3. Oh, *definitely*. This sounds incredible, and I'm not usually a big reader of grown up books either. But for dystopia, I make an exception. Great pick.

  4. I read about this one I believe in the New York Times Book Review as a book to watch for in 2010. This does look really good. Maybe it will be like The Road?

  5. Oh, this does sounds good. I'm definitely gong to have to find some reviews of this.

  6. Nice pick! I'm surprised this is the first time I'm hearing of this book. It's definitely one to watch out for!

    from Une Parole

  7. This does look very interesting. And it hasn't been published yet... :)

  8. This is very different from The Road. More like Stephen King's The Stand.

  9. this books sounds crazy good. to bad it doesnt come out until June. I'm suprised you havent read it yet Steph, your usually ahead of all of us.


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