The Passage

The PassageThe Passage by Justin Cronin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
At a glance, you might think this book is doomed. It’s a vampire book, but the vampires are essentially infected with a virus. In other words, it’s been done before (in my most recent memory with Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain). But man, does Justin Cronin pull it off and then some. It’s not a short book by any measure, but the reason is what makes the book so good: the details. There’s no mystery Patient Zero, we know where the virus came from and why. That sort of back story takes up the first 300 pages or so. And then we jump about 100 years forward to see what happens after the infected start to run out of victims, and that’s where it gets really fascinating. You kind of have an idea of how things are going to go, all the way up to the end. But then there’s a prologue. And yeah, you just have to read the last page. Love it.