The Passage – A Book Review

The Passage (The Passage, #1)The Passage by Justin Cronin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

*SPOILERS* Ha! There are no spoilers, just lots of reasons not to read this book. 😉

I can’t say I really enjoyed this book. The story was OK sort-of, but a great deal of the bulk of this massive tome was long-winded and contained a lot of extraneous information that never once helped to move the story along. I also did not care for the author‘s use of changing character viewpoints every time I started a new chapter. Neither did I enjoy all the “extra” plot “asides” that never reached any kind of resolution or clarity. (Read: boring).

Although I would like to know how the story ends and what all the big secrets are, I’m in no hurry and feel no real urgency to find out what happens by picking up the next in this series. Series? Really? I really don’t think I want to invest any more time discovering (looking for a needle in a haystack), all the promised revelations/resolutions hinted at in this book, never mind slogging through two more of them.

I never enjoy “cliffhanger” endings – never have, especially if it comes from a new author I have never read before and have yet to decide if I like them or not. I strongly believe that these types of books do not benefit from ‘sequels’ until the author is firmly established in the publishing world.

When I picked up this book I did not realize that it was an “end-of-the-world” apocalyptic story or I would never have read it. For one thing what many apocalyptic stories fail to point out is that in reality, no one would survive because everything that requires maintenance and observation in our daily world such as nuclear power plants would eventually fail and destroy the entire planet. Which makes it hard for me to ‘suspend’ my disbelief and enjoy these types of books.

In conclusion… this story HAS no conclusion and even if it does, I highly doubt I will ever seek out the answers to the multitude of unresolved “stuff” laid at my feet in this first installment.

Once I recover from getting past all the wasted hours I just spent reading this nearly 800 page volume and resume becoming part of normal waking reality, I will likely never recall in any significant detail what this book was about other than lots of dead people and weird-ass vampire BS. But you don’t have to take my word for it.

In the words of Dracula from Hotel Transylvania….

“Blah, blah-blah.”

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