Friday 21 May 2021

THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin


The Passage (The Passage, #1)The Passage by Justin Cronin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Okay, I'm calling it quits @ 35%.

Firstly, I want to say that the first 33% (288 pages) of this book deserves 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 because it was utterly brilliant. It hooked me in, kept me glued to the page, and I was excited about what looked to be an epic story.

After that, it lost me.

This is a book I've had on my Paperwhite for ages. So, the other night, I decided to check it out... and before I realised what was going on, I'd finished the first (super long) chapter.

That's when I decided it was definitely something I wanted to read. Actually, the more I read, the deeper I fell into this story and the many characters that form the core of what's slowly revealed.

To say I was fascinated is an understatement. To say I was intrigued is putting it way too mildly. I was fucking hooked and although I desperately wanted to know everything right away, I took my time. After all, this is an almost 900-page book! 👀

There are many stories interwoven into this book, about what's currently going on and how these characters got where they are now. One that I found particularly sad was Carter and Mrs. Woods. It starts out as such a sweet and kind meeting between two opposites that ends in total heartbreak. 😢

Anyway, I kept reading and followed Wolgast and Amy as they hid in the mountains as the world fell apart. I really enjoyed this bit too.

Then, I hit Part III and thought, okay, what's going on here? Even though my interest started fading, I kept reading. BUT getting to Part IV really threw me for a loop because all of a sudden, there's a huge time jump and a whole new cast of people are introduced. Except, they weren't interesting and my mind started to wander. When that happens, it's hard to get me back.

So that's it. I'm out @ 35% because I no longer care about the story, the people or even whatever the big secret is. I'm SO DISAPPOINTED! I was loving this book and then, pow! The story shifted so much I suddenly felt lost and disoriented.

Oh well. It's a shame, but I'm glad I found out early so I don't waste my time with the rest of this super long book, and the other two massive books that follow.

I'll always remember those 288 pages, though, because I absolutely loved them.

(Also, I don't usually rate books I DNF, but I read so much of this one and got so emotionally invested in it, that I had to.)

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