Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin

the passageCAVEAT: I only made it to just shy of 400 pages of this book (roughly halfway).

So, you know in the Song of Ice and Fire series when you’ve finally gotten everyone’s names straight and maybe even formed attachments to 1 or 2 of the characters? And then George RR Martin kills some of those characters off and gives you a chapter introducing a whole bunch of brand new people you’ve never heard of before and you’re all, DORNE? I don’t give a shit about DORNE!

Well, Cronin must have gone to the George RR Martin School of DOING THE EXACT GODDAMN THING.

So the first 200 or so pages you are introduced to Amy, Agent Wolgast, Lacey the nun and a few others, and then you get to part 2 and it’s several decades later and none of those characters are around!!!

I’m sorry, but I was reading a story about a little girl, some virus that got unleashed, her caretaker and a nun who I’m not sure how she exactly fit into the story but she somehow fulfilled her purpose by getting eaten by swarm of vampiric virus-infected folks.

Now I have to learn a whole bunch of new characters, their weird society, and I guess just kind of wonder if it’s going to tie back to Amy’s story in the next four hundred pages or so?

I say good day to you, book. In the words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat.”

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