↠´ The Passage (The Passage Trilogy Book 1) ✓ Download by ✓ Justin Cronin I have to say, Justin Cronin is a very good writer The first part of this book was excellent and Mr Cronin showed exactly what he was capable of Good story, great pacing and excellent character development Later we are made leave the story we were enjoying as it abruptly jumps forward nearly 100 years later A bold move to say the least but Mr Cronin deserves a hearty round of applause considering it worked, and worked well.
Then, something went wrong Not sure what it was After spending a bit of time in the future world and getting a feel for it, it all just fizzled a little The setting was fine, the 2nd round of characters were not so hot They ranged from boring, to one dimensional the pace also struggled There was way too much emphasis on describing ever Cronin Writers With Verve And His Future World Is Richly Imagined John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMESJustin Cronin How I Wrote The PassageYou Write The Book That Asks To Be Written, And The Passage Asked Me To Write It On A Series Of Long Jogs In The Fall Of , Taken In The Company Of My Daughter, Iris, Age Eight, Who Rode Beside Me On Her Bicycle For Many Years, Running Has Been Part Of My Writing Ritual I Do My Best Creative Thinking While Running, Which I Have Come To Understand As A Form Of Self Hypnosis It S Where I Get My Ideas, But Not Just My Ideas On The Best Days, Whole Paragraphs Seem To Drop Into My Head I Like To Say That I Write While Running At The Computer, I M Just Typing That Fall, Four Years Ago, My Daughter Asked If She Could Come Along We Had Done This From Time To Time, Back When She Was First Leaning To Ride A Two Wheeler, And I D Always Enjoyed It, Even If Her Presence Was A Bit Of A Distraction From The Mental Work I Was Actually Doing But It Was September, Blazingly Hot, And The Novel I Was Working On Was In A Bit Of A Stall Sure, I Said Get Your Stuff To Understand This Story, A Person Would Need To Know Something About My Daughter Iris Is Simply The Most Voracious Literary Consumer I Have Ever Encountered She Reads Two Or Three books A Day And Has Since She Was Little She Reads While Eating, Bathing, And Walking The Dog She Reads While Watching Television I M Not Sure How , In The Backseat Of The Car, And Standing In Line At The Movies I Have Actually Seen Her Reading On A Roller Coaster There Is Always A Book Somewhere On Or Near Her Person, And She Goes To Sleep Every Night Listening To Audiobooksin Other Words, She Reads While Sleeping, Too Once, Just To Satisfy My Curiosity, I Surreptitiously Timed The Rate At Which She Moved Through The Pages And Discovered She Was Reading At Twice The Rate I Do I Am Probably The Only Parent In The History Of The World Who Has Uttered This Sentence Your Mother And I Have Decided That, As Your Punishment, You Will Not Be Allowed To read A Book For The Rest Of The WeekIn Sum, Iris Is The Reader Every Writer Longs For When She Loves A Book, She Loves It Unreservedly But She Is Also The Critic We All Fear, Capable Of Skewering A Novel She Doesnt Like With The Most Withering Sarcasm Her Verbal Parodies Of Jane Austen, For Instance, A Writer I Am Certain She Will Someday Like But For Now Considers Pompously Dull, Are Scarily Dead On That Day As We Set Out, Our Conversation Naturally Turned To books And Writing, And Iris Made A Confession Your books, Daddy, Are Boring She Said This Offhandedly, As If She Were Telling Me Something I Probably Already Knew, Which I Took To Mean That My Novels Were Too Grown Up For Her, And Dealt With Subjects In Which She Had No Interest I Might Have Been Offended But I Was Mostly Surprised I Didn T Know Shed read Them I Was Quickly Calculating What Inappropriate Material She Would Have Encountered In Their Pages But When I Asked Her About This, She Said She Hadn T read Them, Not Exactly She Knew My books Were Boring, She Explained, From Their Covers, And The Summaries On The Flaps Well, That S Literary Novels, I Explained, Relieved Sometimes It S Hard To Say Exactly What Theyre About, In So Many Words To Which My Daughter Rolled Her Eyes That S What I Mean, Said Iris Boring Well What Do You Want Me To Write About I Asked She Took A Moment To Think We Were Running And Riding, Side By Side, Moving Down The Flat, Wide Sidewalk Of Our Neighborhood In The Autumn Heat A Girl Who Saves The World, She Said I Had To Laugh Of Course That S What She D Want Me To Write About Not Just A Town, Say, Or A Small City, But The Entire World Thats A Tall Order, I Said Anything Else She Thought Another Moment It Should Have One Character With Red Hair, Said My Daughter, The Redhead AndvampiresThis Was Before Every Teenage Girl In America Had Gone Crazy For Vampires I Knew Absolutely Nothing About Them, Beyond The Common Lore The Redhead I Get Why Vampires She Responded With A Shrug Theyre Interesting A Book Needs Something Interesting In It It Was A Classic Dare, And I Knew It Writer Rule Is Never Let Anyone Else Tell You What To Write But I Also Knew We Had Five Hot Miles Ahead Of Us OK, I Said Let S Do It Together Well Work It Out Together As We Go Like A Game, You Mean, Iris Said Sure We Can Toss Ideas Around, See If We Can Work It Into A Story Who Knows Maybe It Will Be Good And I Can Write ItShe Agreed, And Across That Fall To Pass The Time Of Our Afternoon Run Rides, We Began To Formulate The Plot Of A Novel, One Hour Each Day An Orphan Girl Her , And An FBI Agent Who Befriends And Fathers Her Me A Medical Experiment In Lengthening Human Lifespan, And A Global Catastrophe A Hundred Years Of Lost Time, And A Mountain Outpost In California Where The Last Of The Human Race Awaits The End, Until A Day When A Girlthat Same Girlappears Out The Wilderness, To Save The Human Race Each Afternoon After She Came Home From School We Would Pick Up Where We D Left Off, And Gradually The Story And Its Details Came Into Shape In The Evenings, We D Tell My Wife About What We D Come Up With, And So She Became Part Of The Process Too, Blessing Or Dismissing Our Ideas, Offering Some Of Her Own To Fill The Spaces I Kept Saying, Isn T This A Gas I Can T Believe How Good Our Daughter Is At This I Had No Sense That This Was Any Type Of Story In Particular, Literary Or Commercial, For Any Particular Audience Beyond Ourselves, And I Didnt Care We Were Just Having Fun, Telling A Story Around The Campfire Despite What I Had Said, I Had No Intention Of Actually Writing The Thing, Writing And Talking Being In The End Two Entirely Different Matters, One Much Work Than The Other And Then A Funny Thing Happened As The Weeks Went By, I Began To Think This Story Actually Could Be A Book, And That It Was Actually A Better Book, A Much Better Book, Than The One I Was Actually Supposed To Be Writing And Not Just One Book Saving The World Seemed Like The Kind Of Undertaking That Would Take Three books To Accomplish The Story That Became The Passage Had Begun To Fill My Head, To Breathe And Walk And Talk To Be Populated, As Someone Once Said, By Warm New Beings I Actually Believed In Amy And Wolgast Peter And Alicia The Redhead Iris Had Requested Lacey And Richards And Grey And Sara And Michael The Circuit A Character Who Is A Kind Of Boy Iris, Actually, And Very Much Her Creation I Had Been A Literary Novelist All My Professional Life, With A Literary Novelist S Habits And Interests But I Had Cut My Reader S Teeth On Plenty Of Genre Fiction Adventure Novels, Science Fiction, Westerns, Espionage Enough To Know That In The End It S How You Write The Thing That Matters, And If You Love It Be Interesting, Iris Had Told Me There S No Harm In It, And Your Reader Will Thank You It Seemed Like Good Advice For Three Months, Iris And I Traded Ideas Back And Forth Like A Ball We Were Moving Downfield By December, When The Cold Weather Came And Her Bicycle Went Into The Garage, We Had The Plot Worked Out, Right Down To The Final Scene I Felt Sad, As If Something Wonderful Was Ending, And I Decided Not To Let It End I Sat At My Computer And Began To Write An Outline, So I Wouldn T Forget It And When That Was Done, I Decided I Would Write The First Chapter Just To See How It Felt And So On Unlike alot of reviewers I had no problem with the time hop or the second set of characters I think just coming after the very strong first set the reader was always going to be slightly disappointed I especially wished I could have heard from some characters before they met their demise like Carter.
I found it commendable that the author eschewed the popular post apocalyptic trend of following a single male lead and having his female characters just be a long line of the dead raped damsel in distress unlikely totty Amy, Alicia, the Nun, Sara, the old lady were all distinct and strong characters.
The novel was very well written which is also unusual, the majority of apocalyptic epics these days are usually cardboard cut outs littered with clich s and poor editing Not so th Seems to be going on FOREVER It s an average read, with character definition being particularly poor I normally love a 700 pager, especially when part of a series, but this is taking effort I don t see how the first third connects with the main part of the story exactly why IS Amy Unless I missed it, I don t get how she is connected to the Twelve The prospect of books two and three in this trilogy don t fill me with enthusiastic anticipation I normally can t get enough of a good long book and I love a series, but something is unfortunately just a little off with this I ll finish it, but suspect it will be an unsatisyfing ending and unlikely at this point to draw me in to the other books in the series Maybe it makes for good TV, but the book is all over the place
Amy is a girl out of time in a world that has moved on In a time of men and monsters she is neither but feels the needs of both pulling at her.
The passage covers some 100 years from the rise of the virals and the dawn of Amy s gift to the beginning of her journey to release the souls of the damned It is the story of those who will love her, protect her, stand along side her and those who will be released by her hand.
Fluid writing with characters who are brave, honourable, evil, flawed and above all human the passage is in absorbing read leaving the reader thirsty for the next instalment.
It s a bit difficult to get into at the beginning because there are a number of threads to the storyline.
1 Dr Leah s military backed expedition to the South American jungle.
2 Carter a prisoner on death row3 Wolgast and Doyle FBI agents4 Amy a 6 year old abandoned at a convent by her desperate mother.
All these threads come together and result in the destruction of civilisation as we know it.
The next part of the story is about an enclave of people who have survived through the decades after their ancestors escaped on a