The Passage series Book One
By Justin Cronin
“And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.”
This is the basis for project Noah, when a group of people stumble onto something that can cure any known disease and increase life. They begin testing right away soon using inmates on death row as subjects for the new drug they have created. But the unthinkable happens, leading to a nightmare that spans generations.
The main character in this novel is Amy Harper Bellafonte, not in the typical first person narration but she comes to life through many different characters point of view as the story progresses. Justin Cronin employs several different facets to writing in this one novel, I may be wrong but I do not think there is a single form of writing that he did not use including epistolary voice, using a series of letters or documents. Instead of confusing or leaving the reader feeling lost it actually makes the novel fascinating to read brining into focus much more of the story that you would usually get. My personal favorite was “Auntie” as she was the bridge to what happened after the virus and what is currently taking place in the story. This is one of those novels that will stay with you for the rest of your life not only for the amazing story but for the unique writing style. Though if you do not know there is a second book then the ending will suck, yes it’s that good. Hopefully I can pick up The Twelve, book two of the Passage series, because I am dying to find out what else Justin Cronin will bring to the table.
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