The Passage by Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin (born 1962) is an American author. He has written three novels: Mary and O’Neil, The Summer Guest and The Passage. Awards he has won include the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Stephen Crane Prize, and the Whiting Writer’s Award.

Born and raised in New England, Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He taught creative writing and was the “Author in-residence” at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA from 1992 to 2005. He lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas where he is a professor of English at Rice University.

In July 2007, Variety reported that the screen rights to Cronin’s vampire trilogy was purchased by Fox 2000. The first book of the series, The Passage, was released in June 2010. It garnered mainly favorable reviews.

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

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 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.

The Passage begins in the near future and details an apocalyptic and, later, post-apocalyptic world that is overrun by vampire-like beings that are infected by a highly contagious virus. What begins as a project to develop a new immunity-boosting drug based on a virus carried by an unnamed species of bat in South America eventually becomes the virus that transforms the world. The novel begins in 2018 and spans more than ninety years as colonies of humans attempt to live in a world filled with superhuman creatures who are continually on the hunt for fresh blood.

For the creation of this amazing book, Cronin found inspiration in his little 8 years old girl.

It was a game, while helping my daughter to ride a bike. ‘Why do not you write about a girl who saves the world? She said. I replied her that with how smart she was, we should do together. But she had no intention of writing it.

Says Justin Cronin.

The book is an epic tale in which Amy, a girl of 6 years, is both victim and the only hope for a military experiment that causes terrible apocalypse world we know.

A novel that offers a fascinating and entertaining story with a simple and straightforward prose, based on an extraordinary imagination. This year, readers of these novels will enjoy Justin Cronin’s passage. If you read fifteen pages will be enthralled, if you read thirty taken prisoner and you can not stop reading until the wee hours of the morning. It has the clarity that can only be achieved epic works of fantasy and imagination. What else I can say? The following: Read this book and the ordinary world disappears

Stephen King.

Well I no longer say more … … read it, you will be impressed : )

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