The Passage by Justin Cronin
Ballantine, $27.00, 766 pages, ISBN 978-0-345-50496-8
The Passage is a scary, scary novel about the end of the world as we knew it. A top secret government program goes terribly out of kilter, (so what’s new?) and the vampires they’ve been creating as a potential war weapon escape, wreaking havoc on the world . . . ending civilization about as quickly as you can say “it bit me.” The story is one of survival, against seemingly impossible odds, by small groups of humans who’ve retreated into concrete and steel-reinforced bunkers where they fight back against the vampires. The scope is large and the action continues throughout. A satisfying, large story you can really sink your teeth into . . . (sorry, couldn’t resist) and enjoy.
Author Justin Cronin is an award-winning writer and english professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He outlined the plot in collaboration with his eight year-old daughter. There are two more books coming, in which a young girl saves the world. Enjoy the ride. It’s a fun one.