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6690798I won my copy of The Passage from a GoodReads giveaway.

GoodReads blurb: An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape— but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

The Passage by Justin Cronin is and is not about Amy NLN (No Last Name). We see the events that lead to her birth and also the ones that lead to her abandonment. We see why the government is interested in her and why she eventually escapes the secret installation they take her to. But the story is about so much more than her than her. She will probably factor more into the next two books.

Although the plot in this book is a little slow in place (seriously, only slightly slow), it’s not enough to make you want to put it down for even a second. It took me about a week to read this, but that’s more because I have 2 jobs and a blog and a dog.

Let’s talk about the characters for a minute. I have very strong opinions on most of the characters. I loved Peter, Alicia, Auntie, Caleb, Michael and Wolgast. On the other hand, I really disliked Richards, Doyle, Sanjay, Theo, and Sarah. The only thing that bothered me was that Amy was a non-character. She was more like a pawn used to move other characters through the story. She was the why of the story more than a who in the story. There’s room for growth in the next book and I hope most of it is devoted to giving Amy some personality.

I can’t say too much about the plot because it’s so much better if you get surprised by the details of the story. It’s definitely a pilgrimage/epic journey; it’s just more of a science fiction epic than a fantasy, which was a refreshing take. The only thing I will say is: take your time. Don’t skim the parts that you don’t think will be relevant or rush through parts that you think are filler. Mr. Cronin wraps everything in and I can’t wait to see what he does in the next part of this story. I plan on ordering his next book, The Twelve, on the first of May.

Rating: 3.5 quills out of 5.