Dimensions: 784 pages, 9.55 × 6.35 × 1.8 in
Published: June 8, 2010
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385669518
ISBN - 13: 9780385669511
Read from the Book
Wolgast had been to the Compound only once, the previous summer, to meet with Colonel Sykes. Not a job interview, exactly; it had been made clear to Wolgast that the assignment was his if he wanted it. A pair of soldiers drove him in a van with blacked out windows, but Wolgast could tell they were taking him west from Denver, into the mountains. The drive took six hours, and by the time they pulled into the Compound, he''d actually managed to fall asleep. He stepped from the van into the bright sunshine of a summer afternoon. He stretched and looked around. From the topography, he''d have guessed he was somewhere around Telluride. It could have been further north. The air felt thin and clean in his lungs; he felt the dull throb of a high-altitude headache at the top of his skull. He was met in the parking lot by a civilian, a compact man dressed in jeans and a khaki shirt rolled at the sleeves, a pair of old-fashioned aviators perched on his wide, faintly bulbous nose. This was Richards. "Hope the ride wasn''t too bad," Richards said as they shook hands. Up close Wolgast saw that Richards'' cheeks were pockmarked with old acne scars. "We''re pretty high up here. If you''re not used to it, you''ll want to take it easy." Richards escorted Wolgast across the parking area to a building he called the Chalet, which was exactly what it sounded like: a large Tudor structure, three stories tall, with the exposed timbers of an old-fashioned sportsman''s lodge. The mountains had once be
From the Publisher
The Andromeda Strain meets The Stand in this startling and stunning thriller that brings to life a unique vision of the apocalypse and plays brilliantly with vampire mythology, revealing what becomes of human society when a top-secret government experiment spins wildly out of control.
At an army research station in Colorado, an experiment is being conducted by the U.S. Government: twelve men are exposed to a virus meant to weaponize the human form by super-charging the immune system. But when the experiment goes terribly wrong, terror is unleashed. Amy, a young girl abandoned by her mother and set to be the thirteenth test subject, is rescued by Brad Wolgast, the FBI agent who has been tasked with handing her over, and together they escape to the mountains of Oregon. As civilization crumbles around them, Brad and Amy struggle to keep each other alive, clinging to hope and unable to comprehend the nightmare that approaches with great speed and no mercy. . .
About the Author
Born and raised in New England, JUSTIN CRONIN is the author of The Summer Guest — a Booksense national bestseller — and Mary and O''Neil, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize, both for best debut fiction of the year. Other honours for his writing include a Whiting Writer''s Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Foundation, the National Novella Award, and an Individual Artist''s Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His short fiction, book reviews and essays have appeared in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. He is a Professor of English at Rice University and lives with his family in Houston, Texas.
From Our Editors
The Passage is a post-apocalyptic story, set a century into the future. Cronin painstakingly weaves the threads of a narrative so involving and immediate that when he jumps ahead almost a century, it’s hard at first to release those characters and invest in the dozens of new ones that emerge in the The Stand-meets-The Road journey that follows. But as the story develops, you realize that nothing Cronin tells you is superfluous. Everything comes full circle and Cronin will bring up tiny details that you thought were inconsequential.
It is impossible not to be immersed in the story, fully living with the characters and their experiences. The virals are everywhere. You can feel them in the dark. You fear for the lights to go out. Cronin has created an alternate universe where his imagination knows no bounds, but is creatively reined in by the plot. Truly remarkable, this is a phenomenal book, thrilling and captivating, and the future movie had better do it justice.
"Every so often a novel-reader''s novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin''s The Passage . Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: read this book and the ordinary world disappears." —Stephen King "The monsters in this compulsive nail biter are the scariest in fiction since Stephen King''s vampires in Salem''s Lot … This exceptional thriller should be one of the most popular novels this year and will draw in readers everywhere." — Library Journal , starred review "Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin''s engrossingly horrific account of a post-apocalyptic America… [Cronin] manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style." — Publishers Weekly , starred review “[A] breathtaking, late-night-with-all-the-lights-on page-turner.” — Cleveland.com “Cronin’s vivid descriptions light the reader’s imagination, the scenes coming alive through his smooth writing. “ The Passage ” is an absolute page-turn