Thursday, May 27, 2010

Book trailer - "The Passage" by Justin Cronin

There is a title that gathers some hype for some time and I’ve seen it mentioned in many places. I admit that I am not very well informed about Justin Cronin’s “The Passage”, although I read a great review at Adam’s Wertzone blog and the synopsis I found on Orion Books’ website picked my interest immediately. However, for some strange reason the novel went under my radar. Fortunately not for long, because I found Justin Cronin’s “The Passage” again, together with an excellent book trailer, so this time I was sure to bookmark its release day.

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world.
She is.
Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.
He's wrong.
FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.
It is.
Deep in the jungles of eastern Colombia, Professor Jonas Lear has finally found what he's been searching for - and wishes to God he hadn't.
In Memphis, Tennessee, a six-year-old girl called Amy is left at the convent of the Sisters of Mercy and wonders why her mother has abandoned her.
In a maximum security jail in Nevada, a convicted murderer called Giles Babcock has the same strange nightmare, over and over again, while he waits for a lethal injection.
In a remote community in the California mountains, a young man called Peter waits for his beloved brother to return home, so he can kill him.
Bound together in ways they cannot comprehend, for each of them a door is about to open into a future they could not have imagined. And a journey is about to begin. An epic journey that will take them through a world transformed by man's darkest dreams, to the very heart of what it means to be human.
And beyond.


ediFanoB said...

Thank you for posting the trailer. The book is on my list.

Liviu said...

The Passage does not really live up to the hype - the first part comprising of 1/3 of the novel is indeed awesome, very, very dark but awesome.

But the main part that takes 500 pages and is the stuff that will be continued in the rest of the series, is way too slow and bloated; there are great scenes scattered throughout and the ending is good at a natural stopping point, but way too many superfluous details and some pale main characters at least compared to the vivid ones of before...

I am curious how people will feel about it since based on hype and publicity it should sell well at first, but then word of mouth will make or break it

I reviewed it a while ago btw

Barbara Martin said...

Excellent review from the Wertzone, and thanks for the trailer. Although I have this book on my ARC pile there are a couple of books that I have to review first. Before reading a new ARC I don't like to read too many reviews on a specific book as it tends to spoil the read. But The Passage I'm looking forward to.

From Wertzone's review it appears this story carries multiple layers of information apart from the characters. A slower pace in certain areas of a book helps to set the scene for new information before the pace is quickened. This is one of the signs of a good author.

Mihai A. said...

Michael, I am really looking forward to read it now :)

Liviu, thank you very much for all the information. I am very curious to read "The Passage" and one of the reasons I have to admit that is the hype around it. But that hype sets high expectations as well :)
I missed your review, but I'll head over to your lovely blog to read it now ;)

Barbara, I don't read many reviews for the books on my reading list either, but "The Passage" was more of a mystery to me so Adam's review helped me found out more about it. And I totally agree, a slower pace is not always a bad thing and may reveal wonderful things :)