#FridayBookShare – The Passage by Justin Cronin

#FridayBookShare is an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

I love reading so I’m thrilled to have found Friday Book Share!

The instructions are –

07 _ 10 _ 2014 (4)

Here’s my #3 post: 

The Passage (book 1 of trilogy) by Justin Cronin

First line: Before she became the Girl from Nowhere – the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years – she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb: An epic, awe-inspiring novel of good and evil. A 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.

Here’s another blurb:

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she’s the most important person in the hole world.  She is.

Anthony Carter doesn’t think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.  He’s wrong.

FBI Agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.  It is.


Introduce the main character using only three words – Amy is mysterious, mesmerising and magnificent

Delightful design – there  seems to be a few different covers for this book but this is the cover on the one I read.









Audience appeal:  I couldn’t decide which genre and audience this would appeal to most, so I went with all these: Post-Apocalyptic fiction, Horror fiction, Science Fiction, Vampire literature, Fantasy, Utopian and dystopian fiction.  It’s a huge 766 pages and covers a massive amount of time, stories and characters, but is well worth persevering with if you enjoy fantasy, post-apocalyptic stories.  It is  definitely something out of the ordinary.  My daughter recommended this trilogy to me so I knew it had to be good if she managed to finish the three huge books.  I have since read the two others in the set and thoroughly enjoyed them all.  I feel like I need to start all over again and I may just do that…..

Your favourite line/scene: It is a huge read in so many ways but one scene I remember is when Amy was taken to the zoo and the polar bears recognised her in some way.  This part started me thinking about Amy and her mysterious power as well as her destiny.

The crowds had backed away from the tank, all eyes locked on the little girl with the backpack who was kneeling before it, her hands on the glass , and the four bear faces crowded against it.  

Lacey climbed to her feet and moved quickly.  the little girl’s head was bowed, water still raining from her drenched hair onto her knees. lacey saw that he lips were moving, as in prayer.  

‘Amy, what is it?’

‘That girl’s talking to the bears!’ a voice cried, and a buzz of wonder went up from the crowd. ‘Look at that!’

Cameras began to click.  Lacey crouched beside Amy.  With her fingers she pulled the dark strands of the girl’s hair away from her face.  Her cheeks were streaked with tears, mixed in with all the water from the tank.

‘Tell me, child’

‘They know’, Amy said, her hands still pressed to the glass.

‘What do the bears know?’

The girl raised her face.  lacey was stunned; never had she seen such sadness in a child’s expression, such knowing grief.  And yet, as she searched Amy’s eyes. she saw no fear.  Whatever Amy had learned, she had accepted it.

‘What I am,’ she said.

I like reading so much I have created  a page on my blog that lists all the books I read throughout the year.   I started it in 2014/2015 and enjoyed the process so much I kept going into 2016. It’s a great way for me to remember what I’ve read and I try to write a brief comment about each book as well.

Here’s a link to my growing number of posts for #FridayBookShare

Enjoy the weekend. Hopefully it stops raining here!


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