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The Passage ➬ The Passage Read ➵ Author Justin Cronin – Thomashillier.co.uk IT HAPPENED FASTIRTY TWO MINUTES FOR ONE WORLD TO DIE, ANOTHER TO BE BORNFirst, the unthinkable a security breach at a secret US government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling milit IT HAPPENED FASTIRTY TWO MINUTES FOR ONE WORLD TO DIE, ANOTHER TO BE BORNFirst, the unthinkable a security breach at a secret US government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment Then, the unspeakable a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear of darkness, of death, of a fate far worseAs civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he s done in the line of duty Six year old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse Wolgast is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors, but for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey spanning miles and decades toward the time an place where she must finish what should never have begunWith The Passage, award winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger Its inventive storytelling, masterly prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction front flap.


About the Author: Justin Cronin

In , Justin Cronin s The Passage was a phenomenon The unforgettable tale that critics and readers compared to the novels of Cormac McCarthy, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, and Margaret Atwood became a runaway bestseller and enchanted readers around the globe It spent months on The New York Times bestseller list It was featured onthan a dozen Best of the Year lists, including Time s Top Fiction of , NPR s Year s Most Transporting Books, and Esquire s Best Brightest of It was a Indie Next Selection It sold in over countries and became a bestseller in many of them Stephen King called The Passage enthralling read this book and the ordinary world disappears Now, PEN Hemingway Award winner Justin Cronin bring us the conclusion to his epic trilogy with The City of Mirrors For the last time, Amy the Girl from Nowhere, who lived a thousand years will join her friends and face down the demons that threaten the last of humanity Justin Cronin is also the author of Mary and O Neil which won the PEN Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize , and The Summer Guest Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer s Award A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.



10 thoughts on “The Passage

  1. Ken Ken says:

    THE PASSAGE is a lot like the month of March It comes in like a vampire thriller and goes out like a batty soap opera And it s big Spreading its bat wings, it measures in at 766 pages or at least the ARC version does TWILIGHT this ain t, and regular vampire fare it isn t either It s a hodgepodge of Bram Stoker, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, and John Steinbeck one if by vampires, two if by military games, three if by bloodbath, and four if by brotherly melodrama.Overall I liked it Honest I THE PASSAGE is a lot like the month of March It comes in like a vampire thriller and goes out like a batty soap opera And it s big Spreading its bat wings, it measures in at 766 pages or at least the ARC version does TWILIGHT this ain t, and regular vampire fare it isn t either It s a hodgepodge of Bram Stoker, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, and John Steinbeck one if by vampires, two if by military games, three if by bloodbath, and four if by brotherly melodrama.Overall I liked it Honest I don t read 766 pages during the school year easily Big Mo that s Momentum to you young folk carried me through as the Laws of Physics applied Meaning Cronin got this off to such a sick start that the action carried me I couldn t put it down.The opening plot line was simple Dr Strangelove goes to South America to find the cure for death and instead turns it loose You can always count on your military brass for that sort of screw up, no You see, they wanted a serum from these batty vampires living deep in the jungles only why didn t they migrate and take in er, over the world, like they did later in the book so they could extract the GOOD part of vampirism you know, extended life, superhuman strength, and damn near indestructibility without the bad part bad skin, bad breath, restricted diet, No Exit signs in the Mortality Room, etc The idea was to give the serum to U.S soldiers and then look out world That s right, the USA would be able to kick some North Korean slash Al Qaedan slash Taliban butt You know the drill, though the best laid plans of bats and uniformed men At their underground Telluride, CO, fortress, the Army injects 12 death row inmates and one special little 6 year old girl hint key to the book and keeps them under lock and key and 12 foot steel walls and multiple doors and so on for observation Only the hanging upside down former prisoners, now virals that s the word for them in this tome , are playing with their guards minds because they want to come out and play Can you say telepathic disaster Uh huh All hell breaks loose and the score winds up being Hell 1 and U.S Army 0.Here s where the book takes wing These nasty hobbits come out of nowhere and rip you open like a can of beets Every couple of dozen victims are just scratched on the throat so they can become part of the Viral Army And soon America as we know it and love it turns into Cormac McCarthy PlayLand Yep It s THE ROAD all over again Dystopia with teeth And compelling stuff, too We go to various outposts where certain humans have figured out certain ways to survive Lights, chiefly Because the virals are creatures of the night and don t like the spotlight Where the wheels start to wobble is halfway through Suddenly Cronin plays fast and loose with his own rules Suddenly a viral attack developsthan two possible results death and the equivalent of taxes being a vampire for life Suddenly the good guys i.e major characters are given preferential treatment And he delvesdeeply into the social life of our hearty crew of humans, too, including a fraternal rivalry between bros named Theo and Peter This is the Steinbeck part East of Eden, West of Transylvania Here Cronin gets a little too sentimental for my tastes, too, especially with the single good vampire Amy, who has none of the bad attributes elongated bicuspids, penchant for Bloody Marys but all the good ones extended life, telepathic abilities, the keys to the city and the book, etcIn the end, the virals become less scary, the bag loses some of its punch, and you re flipping pages just to find out how Cronin ties this mess together Then, when you get to the promised land, you see that he doesn t Then you see on the Internet that this is the just the first of three books Then you say, Oh, no and ask yourself how in hell a book just south of 800 pp would ever need a sequel when it s too long by far already Finally, you collect yourself and recall where you are the United States of A Royalties This, after all, is supposed to be the Summer Blockbuster of 2010 This, after all, is supposed to be money in Cronin s and Random House s bank This is a book already in the cinematic pipelines with Ridley Scott as director Fasten your seat belts, then Get home before dark and pay your electric bill, too This won t be the last you hear of THE PASSAGE.Five stars for the first half, three for the second I ll rate it down the middle and let you judge this glorious, bloody mess for yourself NOTA BENE If you like this review AND reading 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  2. Garet Wirth Garet Wirth says:

    Oh, The Passage You promised me such wonderful things with your sparkly cover, your titillating title a passage to WHERE , and your massive hype Also your sizable heft, as you are a large, obese book, full of words and things I figured if I didn t like you, I could use you to stone evil doers in some town square somewhere How could I turn you down Your promises, though, were only partially fulfilled While I enjoyed stoning people in the village square with you, your cover was simply too Oh, The Passage You promised me such wonderful things with your sparkly cover, your titillating title a passage to WHERE , and your massive hype Also your sizable heft, as you are a large, obese book, full of words and things I figured if I didn t like you, I could use you to stone evil doers in some town square somewhere How could I turn you down Your promises, though, were only partially fulfilled While I enjoyed stoning people in the village square with you, your cover was simply too pretty to be true, and your title too vague to really mean anything I still don t know what the passage was, but it was full of vampire things and massive doses of character backstory that also didn t really mean anything except make you a very, very heavy book Brick like, really I believe next I ll tie a ransom note to you and throw you through a window, just for the giggles.You had such lovely backstory, such vivid characters in your opening quarter, I couldn t put you down Well, I could, because you are a fatass and my arms grew lethargic and weak after about an hour, but figuratively speaking I was hooked, and I loved you for it Vivid characters, shocking scenery, emotion You had it all, baby.But then things changed Oh, did they change You forgot your old ways and introduced me to a whole slew of new characters Characters that I didn t care about, in a situation that seemed so distant and unreal compared to your sharply defined predecessors that I thought perhaps I was reading a different book Gone were the late nights of voracious reading Gone were my massive biceps developed from holding you at a readable height I slogged through you, sometimes telling friends that you were getting better, even daring to say really good again in whispered tones but you would then disappoint, like a dog who is allergic to grass, and I would yell angrily at perfect strangers that you were a meandering, lame book with stupid characters and unbelievable situations I finished you, though, because I had devoted a better part of the year reading you, and I had to see it through Like climbing Everest, I just wanted to breath again, but I knew I had to finish you anyway.And see you through I did, to an ending that only set you up for a sequel, likely full ofmeaningless backstory and characters painstakingly developed over 100 s of pages only to be forgotten or rendered unimportant I did not spend 3 weeks reading you to get a cliffhanger, damnit you, The Passage you.Goodbye, The Passage You were a good workout, and my man arms thank you But you were bit of a slog and kind of boring Sorry


  3. Ellen Ellen says:

    Later, Keith Olbermann s words, WORST PERSON IN THE WO O R R L L D would echo in my head.The other morning, my daughter called, crying, and said, I just did something terrible I froze As a parent, these words could mean anything I waited I hit a car I was trying to move over because the street was narrow I hit someone s mirror I panicked I just took off I m late for work already They ll fire me if I m late I know I damaged the mirror I feel awful This was all delivered in pie Later, Keith Olbermann s words, WORST PERSON IN THE WO O R R L L D would echo in my head.The other morning, my daughter called, crying, and said, I just did something terrible I froze As a parent, these words could mean anything I waited I hit a car I was trying to move over because the street was narrow I hit someone s mirror I panicked I just took off I m late for work already They ll fire me if I m late I know I damaged the mirror I feel awful This was all delivered in pieces, as she was weeping by now.During this, I go into parental stream of consciousness Thank God No one s hurt She s not hurt She left the scene What does that mean What do I do What do I do Trouble Fines Tickets Jail Oh my God Money Trouble, Money, money, money Trouble, trouble, trouble Then, the devil s words Did anyone see you But that s not what I said I heard myself say, Can you go back and leave a note on the windshield More wailing, Noooo I m late now They ll fire me I know it All right Okay You have to report this I ll find out what you need to do It s okay Go to work It ll be okay Of course, I had no idea if it would be all right I m in Wisconsin she s in Minneapolis, and I started to make phone calls The first officer was a huge help He said he didn t know what the rules were, but she d LEFT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT I said she panicked, she feels terrible, she s sobbing He said, It doesn t matter whether she s crying, laughing, smiling She LEFT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT That s a crime My heart was pounding, and I wanted to say, Look you Neanderthal fuck She killed a mirror Could you be human for a moment An hour or so later, I finally reached the right people, and the sergeant assured me she was not in trouble, took my name, number and hers, and said she should report it as soon as possible Situation handled, I suppose But I kept thinking of my first thought, and what I almost said, Did anyone see you Epic fail.I m drawn to apocalyptic fiction, and one of the reasons why is that characters are often tested, and The Passage is no exception Faced with temptation or in the clutch of terror, characters succeed or fail While the book has compelling moments, too often Cronin starts to develop a character but never really completes the task With such a large array of characters, this needs to be done You want to empathize with the characters, and they need to be distinct enough so that you can keep them all straight.One problem and this may sound minor but it drove me crazy, was Cronin s inability to handle dialogue With the exception of the soldiers, who spoke in an exaggerated military fashion, many of the characters sounded the same Also, they seemed to have one expletive flyers, which referred to something horrible in their midst Accordingly, most of the characters, when excited, would begin a sentence by saying, Flyers, what will we do or Flyers, did you see anything It was absurd.Picture, for example, something horrible in our lives Sarah Palin, for example, and then picture her being able to survive, as she is, for decades image error Would we all suddenly start using Palins as our only expletive, and then placing this word only at the beginning of a sentence Palins, hot enough for you or Palins, we should get moving No, for starters, though Palin has been on the international scene just shy of two years, we ve been pretty creative in coming up with variations on her name Caribou Barbie Failin Palin the Thrilla from Wasilla Palin bailin Bible Spice Deranged asshat sorry, that s just me Imagine the variations we d conjure up after decades Just why Cronin thought having most of his characters use this one expletive flyers baffled me, but I also started to wince every time someone used it I wanted to like this book I m a sucker for apocalyptic books where science screws up big time, starting with books as intellectually thoughtful as Mary Shelley s Frankenstein right down to Richard Preston s The Hot Zone And, the book gets off to a good start The first third of the book is quite good the plot moves forward, and characters are developed.Then, you reach Part III, which begins with a long military report that sucks out whatever momentum the book had attained And Cronin does this sort of thing far too often He ll get the plot moving and then deaden it by letting a military report or pages and pages of someone s diary in italics I hate fucking italics stand in for the plot he should have developed This is poor writing, poor pacing, and piss poor editing For a couple hundred pages, the book crawls It gets into gear in spurts, which are again deadened with dull reports or italicized diaries Cronin s book, which had promise, lacks the rich characterization needed for such a long book, fails to sustain momentum, and has moments particularly at the beginning of new sections of horribly overwritten passages, such as this sentence fairly early in the book, which introduces Chapter Fifteen When all time ended, and the world had lost its memory, and the man that he was had receded from view like a ship sailing away, rounding the blade of the earth with his old life locked in its hold when the gyring stars gazed down upon nothing This sentence, already painful, continues for another 37 words.Worst book in the world Not at all Cronin has talent, which he needs to develop, and most of all he needs to learn how to pace a novel, and not cheat by having climactic scenes told in the form of dry reports or diary entries


  4. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    3.5 This was a wild ride I ve been going through my list of post apocalyptic books to read and this one had been recommend to me so much that I had to read it Within the last year I read The Stand by Stephen King disease and Swan Song by Robert McCammon nuclear war so it s impossible for me not to compare them.In The Passage, the apocalypse happens though vampires not the shiny type You get to see the before, during and after through the eyes of a few characters and writing wise it 3.5 This was a wild ride I ve been going through my list of post apocalyptic books to read and this one had been recommend to me so much that I had to read it Within the last year I read The Stand by Stephen King disease and Swan Song by Robert McCammon nuclear war so it s impossible for me not to compare them.In The Passage, the apocalypse happens though vampires not the shiny type You get to see the before, during and after through the eyes of a few characters and writing wise it did remind me a bit of SK I understand why there s an abridged version this book is very long and I honestly felt a bit exhausted after reading it I do recommend it if you re someone that likes character driven books since, while there is quite a bit of action, you get to follow them while they go through a lot.While it wasn t my all time favorite post apocalyptic book, I am open to reading the rest of the series Shoutout to the author for making the villain call women females and making the male characters think it sounds like he s talking about livestock.Can t wait to hear your thoughts as this was our first buddy read in the Fox Book Club


  5. Matthew Matthew says:

    Epicvery, very Epic I feel like I just read about 5 books Not because it was long, but just because there is so much story here that changes direction so many times I cannot believe there are still two books to goI mean, I can believe it because there isstory to tell, but how muchepic can this get 4.5 out of 5 starsThis one lost a little for me in the middle due to a blah transition that caused me to lose interest for a period of time Looking back after knowing what Epicvery, very Epic I feel like I just read about 5 books Not because it was long, but just because there is so much story here that changes direction so many times I cannot believe there are still two books to goI mean, I can believe it because there isstory to tell, but how muchepic can this get 4.5 out of 5 starsThis one lost a little for me in the middle due to a blah transition that caused me to lose interest for a period of time Looking back after knowing what happened, it makes sense, but it was slow for a bit So, if you are reading this review before you read the book, know that you should not give up if you get bored in the middlethis too shall pass In addition to being epic, this was great story telling And, despite the size, there really wasn t filler Each page, each paragraph, each sentence had its place and kept the story moving even during the blah part From deep, meaningful conversations to gore filled action sequences, the story was always moving on to the next place and had me hungry to find out what was next.If you like post apocalyptic and monster stories, but need a new twist and are not afraid to invest a lot of time, you should read this I guarantee that you will enjoy it


  6. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Pretty cool Pretty cool


  7. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    The hype machine was working With some terrific reviews, this was immediately one of THE BOOKS TO READ for summer 2010, a vampire tale not written by Stephanie Meyer, and not even promoted very much as vampiric Maybe our capacity for reading vampire novels has clotted somewhat The world in question begins in 2022 Gas is 13 a gallon Iranian jihadists have killed hundreds at the Mall of America Jenna Bush is Texas guv this is a horror story, after all New Orleans, battered by another mons The hype machine was working With some terrific reviews, this was immediately one of THE BOOKS TO READ for summer 2010, a vampire tale not written by Stephanie Meyer, and not even promoted very much as vampiric Maybe our capacity for reading vampire novels has clotted somewhat The world in question begins in 2022 Gas is 13 a gallon Iranian jihadists have killed hundreds at the Mall of America Jenna Bush is Texas guv this is a horror story, after all New Orleans, battered by another monster storm, is now an uninhabitable industrial park An expedition to a remote corner of South America, sponsored by the US Army, is searching for a promising and dangerous virus What could possibly go wrong The Passage is nothing if not very, very derivative Although there are a few nifty new notions within its 766 pages, I will not spoil them by telling there will be little here that is not almost immediately familiar Government projects gone wrong, post apocalyptic struggles for survival, battles between good and evil, strong people, weak people, and lots and lots of vampires.That said, I felt that there were almost two complete, independent books within the whole The first tells of the beginning of the unpleasantness, lasts for 246 pages and is gripping I hated to put the book down Even with the been there read that aspect of the book, there was something about the writing of that 246 pages that kept me turning the pages, thirsty forAs for the remaining 520, not so much We move forward almost a century and enter the too familiar landscape of post apocalyptic survival Although there were elements here that were interesting, some characters that held promise, I found it a very, very long yawn I also felt that the author cheated a few times too many in leading us to believe that certain events had taken place when they had not He even jokes about it in the writing, having one character say out loud what any reader might wonder about how a particular event transpired If The Passage had kept up the frantic and so engaging pace of its long opening, it would indeed have been one of THE BOOKS TO READ this summer Instead of reading The Passage, though, I would look for an alternate route.I gave it two stars instead of one because the beginning was so good Otherwise, I resented the time it took to read this waaaaaay too long book


  8. mark monday mark monday says:

    when i read horror, i m usually looking for 1 cheap thrills or 2 surreal and metaphysical weirdness or, best of all, 3an epic full of dread and melancholythere is plenty of the first sort and so much of it is trash but fun can be had with trashy things and i m no snob the second type can be a littlehard to find, but there s a lot to be had as well, if you look in the right places, especially the past but the third kind, that s the hardest, i ve only found a few Declare, I when i read horror, i m usually looking for 1 cheap thrills or 2 surreal and metaphysical weirdness or, best of all, 3an epic full of dread and melancholythere is plenty of the first sort and so much of it is trash but fun can be had with trashy things and i m no snob the second type can be a littlehard to find, but there s a lot to be had as well, if you look in the right places, especially the past but the third kind, that s the hardest, i ve only found a few Declare, It, The Terror and The Passage in a lot of horror, i m not exactly eager to slowly lose myself in the world depicted the experience is oftenlike a rollercoaster or a fun nightmare but that last category, those mournful sagas they are my special favorites i may not want to live in a novel s world, but if it is a world that is so carefully crafted and then grown, one filled with tragedy and sadness and coming together and coming undone i find it very easy to get lost in those worlds it is a great feeling.so on to The Passage it is an excellent novel, complete with multi leveled characters, spiritual mysteries, exciting action set pieces, and the trappings of several genres vampire, post apocalypse, and in the first third, an on the run from the government style thriller the writing is solid, well crafted, and certainly in no rush particularly outstanding is the depth of characterization present in even minor or elusive characters such as the scientist Lear or the child molestor Grey the first third of the novel is pretty much perfect, tightly paced yet generous with motivation and context, and featuring three of the most warmly written and sympathetic characters i ve come across in a while Agent Wolgast Sister Lacey Anthony Carter fallen agent, unearthly nun, misunderstood criminal the empathy created by the author for these three and the depth of their background stories i just really was not expecting that and it was wonderful to experience.unlike many other readers, i felt the remaining two thirds were very strong, moving easily between a wide range of physical and emotional landscapes, from complex world building to pointed irony to moments of eerie beauty to straight up horror particularly in the Haven sequence although it could be said that characterization was a bit less rich in the last two thirds, the range of emotions depicted was often on a wider anddynamic scale the reader is able to watch characters actually grow and change i appreciated Cronin s vampires they certainly run against the current grain although the threat of their bizarre, bestial presence looms over the entire novel, they remain enjoyably enigmatic and largely in the background i assume the amount of attention paid to the vampire Babcock and his traumatic past also very well done will be paralleled in the sequels by depictions of the remaining vampires The Passage has been compared to The Stand personally i think The Passage is superior my only real issue is the very ending, which could come across as cheaply ironic and unnecessarily brutal if it wasn t clear that this is only book 1 of 3 i assume that this disturbing cliffhanger of an ending will eventually be resolved with the same sensitivity and grace brought to the rest of the novel s various episodic sequences


  9. Mark Lawrence Mark Lawrence says:

    At the start of this book I was pretty sure it would be a 5 read In the middle I was losing the will to read on and thought it would do well to wring 3 from me By the end I give it a hearty 3 but just can t bring myself to offer 4.So, this is a vampire book without the sparkling, the forever sexy trope, or the stalker horror vibe.Cronin s writing reminded me a lot of Stephen King, though with aliterary edge which is not to say that King doesn t have a literary edge he does, and i At the start of this book I was pretty sure it would be a 5 read In the middle I was losing the will to read on and thought it would do well to wring 3 from me By the end I give it a hearty 3 but just can t bring myself to offer 4.So, this is a vampire book without the sparkling, the forever sexy trope, or the stalker horror vibe.Cronin s writing reminded me a lot of Stephen King, though with aliterary edge which is not to say that King doesn t have a literary edge he does, and in many ways it s his popular success that blinds a lot of serious readers to King s writing chops.Cronin writes very good prose He is rather too wordy for my taste and spends too long getting around to things, but he writes some excellent lines and has a poet s sensibilities.The book comes in many sub divisions but for me it breaks into three main parts First there is the pre disaster section where we dive in great detail into the lives of a handful of protagonists while slowly bringing them together for the vampire stuff The amount of time spent on these individuals makes you sure that they are going to be the pillars of this story Which makes it rather a shock when you suddenly leave them all behind and start off with an entirely new and larger set of characters far away in time and space.The second section, the colony, is where I started to lose interest There were just so many characters and so few reasons for me to care about them Additionally the point of view hops around between them regularly, which I found distancing and made it hard for me to attach to anyone.I found this section particularly wordy and slow moving Cronin is using these people and their detailed individual stories to indirectly paint a larger picture of the world we find ourselves in I understand that And if it had been half the length with the focus on half the characters I would have been muchtaken with it.As it was it was a great relief when things started to go tits up and the roll call began to diminish rapidly.The third and final section is the quest, and here I found myself muchinvested The interest level started to climb along with the tension, and I was pleased with myself to have predicted the existence of something that I felt was the literary inheritor of the new warren from Watership Down Even so, the pace was still sluggish and Cronin takes an age to get us anywhere Some will say that this is a book about characters rather than plot, and that s fair enough I like character driven stories I like stories about characters It s just that in this particular book I found the plot farinteresting than the characters.And finally, the book ends But not with an great deal of resolution It s very much a book 1 of a series trilogy I can only think that some of the massive character building at the start of the book, that then vanished down a hole never to be spoken of again, may come to fruition in later books I m looking at you Carter.So yeah Strong literary writing, a great imagination, but just too very many multitudinous words, too slowly meanderingly point failing to get toingly ponderously paced for this particular reader.EDIT And one small but crazy detail the only curse word they seem to own is fliers I don t know if the editors were aiming for a PG rating but with so much time taken to build believable characters the dialogue seemed laughably clean and the appearance of fliers grew steadilycomical Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes


  10. Eddie Eddie says:

    This book, by far, was the biggest book I ve read to date And I stay away from really big books, usually, because I don t want to get to the end feeling dissatisfied This big book left me feeling just that The first 250 pages of this book were brilliant left me wantingInitially But, the rest of the 766 pages Not so brilliant By page 650, I wanted this way too long story to be over I wanted to be taken off of life support and die I had to convince myself to finish the last 100 pages This book, by far, was the biggest book I ve read to date And I stay away from really big books, usually, because I don t want to get to the end feeling dissatisfied This big book left me feeling just that The first 250 pages of this book were brilliant left me wantingInitially But, the rest of the 766 pages Not so brilliant By page 650, I wanted this way too long story to be over I wanted to be taken off of life support and die I had to convince myself to finish the last 100 pages and It took all my effort to do so, and I m honestly glad I did But in the end, this book was like a firecracker I was so anxious to light up, and once lit and backed away to see the display take place, ended up being a dud


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