‘The Passage’ by Justin Cronin

When it comes to birthdays, even my mom has long since realized that pretty clothes and purses just won’t work.

What’s inconvenient about it is that she has a very slight idea of which books I already have. It wouldn’t be the first time she picks one I already have.

A few years ago, though, she hit the spot – and I didn’t even notice.

We were sitting at the dinner table, celebrating my birthday, when she passes me this huge package. It’s heavy and I can feel the edges through the paper: it’s definitely a book. My face beams with glee.

I rip off the paper (it’s bad luck not to) and a dark shiny cover appears, the face of a young girl overseeing the title: “The Passage” by Justin Cronin.

I had never heard of it, yet it’s pictured as a bestseller all around the world. I wasn’t as excited as my mum had expected and it showed. Later, I would learn better than to judge the book from the information I had about it.

Perplexed as I was, it took a few months before I started reading it. After that, in a couple of days I was running to my mum ecstatic: “I started reading the book you gave me! I love it, I already read half of it!”

She didn’t even remember what book I was talking about.

Anyway, here it is.

The story is probably easier than Justin shows us, but he’s great in making it so entangled.

Basically, a team of people with terminal cancer got infected with a virus during a tour in the Amazon. They all died later on, but definitely not of cancer. Apparently, the virus had cured them from every disease they had.

Obviously, the Americans try to synthesize the virus, possibly to use it within the army, and since it needs human testing, they inoculate twelve death row sentenced. The result is less than encouraging.

Another version of the virus is created and this seems to work better, except that in the mean time the Twelve manage to escape and all hell breaks loose.

The Virals seem to enjoy ripping people apart, when they don’t infect them, creating other Virals like them. It’s the apocalypse.

Only one girl, infected by the virus, but not quite as evil as the Twelve, seems to be the key to save the world from chaos.

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If you want to know more about this book: Goodreads

If you want to buy this book: Amazon

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