The Passage

The Passage

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2010
Characteristics: 1 online resource (766 pages)
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345516862 (electronic bk.)
0345516869 (electronic bk.)


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Jan 09, 2019

Every time I swear off vampire books, I find a new twist on them that brings me back to the genre. After hearing this trilogy would be getting a television series I rushed to get my hands on the first book. This book did not disappoint, but the beginning and middle were a lot stronger than the end. The story takes place in two time periods, the modern world just before most human life is wiped out, and around a century later among the survivors. The story keeps your eyes peeled to each page until around the last 4th of the book. For some reason, the surviving characters begin making decisions that don't seem rational. The repetitive excuse of "have faith in your destiny" or "you'll know what's right" kept coming up, and it was a little distracting. The book also uses a lot of direct foreshadowing. Not just to things in later books but things in later chapters, or even the next chapter. This kept me reading but felt overplayed towards the end of the book. All in all, this is a remarkably interesting first entry with only a few flaws.

IndyPL_JillL Dec 05, 2018

I love books that pull me into a world. That is exactly what The Passage did. I feel like I know these characters. Well written and well plotted.

Nov 26, 2018

I have read the trilogy.. very happy it will be on TV.

Jun 18, 2018

I didn't love it. I borrowed it because there was a lot of hype and a waiting list, so I figured it was good. Also, a critic had compared it to The Stand which I thought was excellent. I am always reluctant to abandon books so I stuck through it to the end, and now feel like there are hours wasted that I cannot get back, where I could have been reading something more engaging. I found the characters to be somewhat flat. In 784 pages, there should be enough character development to make me care about them. I could not tell the difference between the protagonist and his brother. Amy was an empty shell. The book is filled with descriptions of fighting and slaying, so if you're into that, you might like this. The science wasn't very sciencey, and the plot wasn't very intricate. Remember on the Walking Dead where they just hung out on that farm and blah blahed for a whole season? It's kind of like that.

Mar 26, 2018

I checked this book out based on the many good reviews I read. I have to admit, I didn't really love it. Granted, this is not a genre I read often. That being said, I was really engaged for the first part of the book. I felt like much of the middle really drug. I found myself just pushing to get through it. It did really pick up toward the end and captivate my attention again. I became more invested in the characters but still found them to be somewhat forgettable once i finally finished this book. Given that I had to renew this book twice and still went over my time to slog through it, I don't see myself checking out the next one.

Nov 18, 2017

Well-written, beautifully told saga that had me racing through the pages and wanting more.

Oct 25, 2017

Well written book with good story, but long and since it took over 6 weeks to read with no urgency.... it is only good.

Oct 03, 2017


Feb 24, 2017

I really tried to like this book, but it was a trudge through mud. There were moments of interest and I would become hopeful ... and then back down the author took me, into a mire of irrelevant detail. After an interesting start, the story melts into tedium ... day after day, year after year, onward through time without a true a reason to care much about what happened next. I finally gave up three-fourths of the way through -- but still what felt like a long way from the end. I can't remember the last time I've given up on a book. Admittedly, this is not my typical preferred genre; usually I go for historical fiction. Yet, I've enjoyed a good thriller here and there and thought this would be a fun dip into something different. I tried this book based on the recommendation of a friend who loved it. So there you have it - a big hit with some but alas, not with me.

Aug 02, 2016

The story drags on for a long time with lots of less important details (plenty of killing and weapon stuff).

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enigma122 Jul 17, 2012

Good,I do enjoy post-apocalyptic stories this one doesn't dissapoint BUT a bit long let us see what's coming next.

Jul 01, 2012

dystopia: the world is depopulated by deadly vampirish virus


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