Sometime last year, about the time The Passage was about to be released, I read a review of the book from a blogger. She was so excited about this book – it was a real page turner and she hyped it up to the stratosphere. I remember one particular thing she said – don’t let the vampires deter you from reading this novel.
Well, she was right. I loved this book. I loved it in a guilty-pleasure-I-don’t-want-to-put-it-down sort of way. The premise is simple – a virus is discovered in South America that makes people live an incredibly long time. Except the people are no longer people. They are animalistic vampires. The U.S. military gets involved and begins experimenting with it. The high level security place of containment is breached and the next thing you know – the virus spreads and it’s the apocalypse – vampire style.
Cronin is an excellent writer. The story unfolds in a way that leaves you shocked with each page. I could never guess what was going to happen next. When I was reading this, I kept being reminded of Stephen King’s The Stand. It has that kind of feel to it – the end of the world, but there’s still hope. Cronin ended The Passage with room for a sequel. Oh goody!
4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2010