Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New in Paperback: The Passage by Justin Cronin

One of the novels we ended up talking a lot about last year was The Passage by Justin Cronin. This was the book that Entertainment Weekly described as “The Stand meets The Road,” a faintly weird comparison that, nonetheless, isn’t without some merit.

“OK, I’ll put it right out there,” January Magazine contributing editor, Tony Buchsbaum, wrote when the book came out in hardcover last June, “The Passage is certainly the best read of the summer -- and possibly the best read of the year.” This in a review that Buchsbaum followed up with an interview with author Cronin later in the year and a write up for our Best of 2010 feature later still.

“The best book of the year, in my view?” Buchsbaum wrote at year’s end, “Justin Cronin’s The Passage. This post-apocalyptic thriller, the first of a trilogy, is an electrifying drama that follows a group of survivors after a virus turns much of the nation’s population into ultra-violent bloodsuckers.”

In paperback, this fat novel will be much easier to lug to the beach. Die-hard fans (and a lot of them have sprouted up over the past year) will want to know that this paperback edition includes a taste of The Twelve, the next novel in the series, due out in 2012. Obviously, we can hardly wait.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget it. I stopped reading in the middle when I was bored to death. The book is now in my donation bag. Not quite bad enough to just throw away but I certainly won't finish it.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 10:24:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Penny said...

I am so happy to finally meet someone who was also totally bored by The Passage. I DID plough through to the end but have absolutely no desire to read the next two books of the trilogy.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 8:31:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Faron Whitney said...

And I totally loved it. One of my favorite books, ever. Can hardly wait for the next installment next year.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 12:08:00 AM PDT  

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