Adapted from Saricks, Joyce G. and Nancy Brown. Readers= Advisory Service in the Public Library 2nd. Chicago: ALA, 1997.
Author: Justin Cronin
Title: The Passage
Publication Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 766
Part of a Series: the first in a triology
Subject Heading(s): Science fiction, literary fantasy
Geographical Setting/ Time Period: western United States, the near future and following 100 years
- Amy - a six year old abandoned child who is deliberately infected with an experimental virus by the US military
- Peter - a survivor of the collapse of American civilization
- Alicia - a survivor of the collapse but by temperament and training, an advocate of the military establishment
- The 12 - survivors of the experiment who are the instigators of the collapse
Appeal: The storyline is character-driven and often bleak. The reader may feel the exhaustion and depression that the characters exhibit. The author is able to generate suspense with his compelling style.
Prizes or Awards: The book received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. It made it to Library Journals Top 10 List for 2010.
Similar Works: Similar works include Stephen King's Cell and Dan Simmo' Carrion Comfort.
Reviewer’s Name: Nancy Rimassa