The Passage: A Novel (Book One of the Passage Trilogy) (Hardcover)

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“Justin Cronin's incredible imagination takes the reader on a ride that is engrossing, thought-provoking, terrifying and above all, immensely entertaining. A diverse and engaging cast of characters dot the landscape in this sweeping novel that is both fantastical science fiction and heartbreaking drama. An absolutely thrilling read, The Passage is destined to reach a huge audience and leave everyone wanting more.”
— Tiffany Miner, Book People, Austin, TX

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls -a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.-
-It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.-
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy--abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape--but he can't stop society's collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.
Look for the entire Passage trilogy:
THE PASSAGE - THE TWELVE - THE CITY OF MIRRORS
Praise for The Passage
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post - Esquire - U.S. News & World Report - NPR/On Point - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - BookPage - Library Journal
- A] blockbuster.---The New York Times Book Review
-Mythic storytelling.---San Francisco Chronicle
-Magnificent . . . Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them. . . . The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King's apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy's The Road: a story about human beings trying to generate new hope in a world from which all hope has long since been burnt.---Time
-The type of big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night.---The Dallas Morning News
-Addictive.---Men's Journal
-Cronin's unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind.---Parade

About the Author


Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors, Mary and O'Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writers' Award. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Praise For…


 “Cronin has given us what could be the best book of the summer. Don't wait to dive into The Passage.”—USA Today

“Cronin’s unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind.”—Parade

“Great storytelling … vital, tender, and compelling” – O, The Oprah Magazine

“A blockbuster…astutely plotted and imaginative”—The New York Times Book Review

“Cronin gets it just right; the combination of attentive realism and doomsday stakes makes for a mesmerizing experience.”—Salon.com

“We’ve just found our summer escape!”—Elle, “Top 10 Summer Books for 2010”

“Magnificently unnerving…A The Stand-meets-The Road journey.”—Entertainment Weekly, A-

“Addictive, terrifying, and deeply satisfying. Not only is this one of the year's best thrillers; it's one of the best of the past decade - maybe one of the best ever."—Men’s Journal

“A literary richness that rivals Stephen King’s The Stand.”—Time

“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 postapocalyptic American overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies…manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review and “Pick of the week”)

“Literary author Cronin turns in an apocalyptic thriller in the spirit of Stephen King or Michael Crichton....The young girl as heroine and role model is a nice touch.”—Kirkus

“[An] apocalyptic epic…Expect a lot of interest in this title.” —Booklist

“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  

“Meet what is likely to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer.”—People

“Imagine Michael Crichton crossbreeding Stephen King’s “The Stand” and “Salem’s Lot” in that lab on Jurassic Park, with rich infusions of Robert McCammon’s “Swan Song,” “Battlestar Galactica” and even Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.””
The Washington Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345504968
ISBN-10: 0345504968
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: June 8th, 2010
Pages: 784
Language: English
Series: Passage Trilogy