My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Summary: In "The Passage "and" The Twelve, "Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity s desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon but does silence promise the nightmare s end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.
"The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?"
The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.
But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy humanity s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.
One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.
And so it's come to an end. What began as a horrifying viral vampire apocalypse story has evolved and resolved into a story ultimately about family bonds, humanity, survival and spirituality. I can definitely say that I'd no idea this was the destination when I began The Passage. When this turn from vampire horror began in The Twelve, I was initially disappointed but now I have to admit that having read the complete story, I am very much satisfied. All the characters I grew to care about had what I felt were satisfying ends and they reached a peace that was long earned & oft long deferred. It was nice to have followed the lives of these characters and I also enjoyed reading about Zero, Timothy Fanning. His recitation was so long and so very Lestat-like (Interview With the Vampire) that I occasionally forgot that I was reading a book in the Passage series.
Definitely recommended for fans of the series. Finish this one.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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