An epic, awe-inspiring novel of good and evil - the most talked about book of the year, and now a global bestseller.
Born and raised in New England, Justin Cronin is a multi-award-winning writer. He is Professor of English at Rice University, and lives with his family in Houston, Texas.
Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin's engrossingly horrific account of a post-apocalyptic America overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies. When a secret project to create a super-soldier backfires, a virus leads to a plague of vampiric revenants that wipes out most of the population. One of the few bands of survivors is the Colony, a FEMA-established island of safety bunkered behind massive banks of lights that repel the "virals," or "dracs"-but a small group realizes that the aging technological defenses will soon fail. When members of the Colony find a young girl, Amy, living outside their enclave, they realize that Amy shares the virals' agelessness, but not the virals' mindless hunger, and they embark on a search to find answers to her condition. PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Cronin (The Summer Guest ) uses a number of tropes that may be overly familiar to genre fans, but he manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style. The first of a proposed trilogy, it's already under development by director Ripley Scott and the subject of much publicity buzz (Retail Nation, Mar. 15). (June) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Epic, apocalyptic, heart-wrenching, catastrophic, mesmerising - DAILY MIRRORIf you only take one book away with you this summer, make it THE PASSAGE. It's an absorbing, nightmarish dream of a book, a terrifying apocalyptic thriller, populated by believable, sympathetic characters. Once you start reading it, you won't want it to end - THE TIMESRead 15 pages and you will find yourself captivated; read 30 and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night...read this book and the ordinary world disappears - Stephen KingNot only a brilliantly told story with thrilling plot twists and graphic action sequences, but a moving psychological portrait of survivors facing up to the poignant act of a lost past and a horrifically uncertain future - GUARDIANThis epic tale is truly exhilarating stuff - DAILY EXPRESS