Dystopia. Justin Cronin asks readers to stay with him on many journeys over almost 800 pages in his new novel, The Passage. I remained on board for the entire trip, but felt by the end that the journey could have been shorter by at least half. The novel presents science run amok, as a virus creates mutants who destroy most of the population. A remnant of people escaped the virus, and it is their story of survival that consumes the energy of the book. The novel is absorbing and engaging, and Cronin’s writing style kept me engaged, but for far longer than I would have wished. Readers with the patience to enjoy an 800-page novel may love this novel, but others may find the commitment too large for the value derived from the experience.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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