The Passage

The Passage Summary

NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER • This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”


NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST HORROR BOOKS OF THE DECADE • 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 

“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.

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Praise for The Passage

“[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 Passagecan 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

Book Reviews


Just awful1 star

I can’t believe I read it.15


Underwhelmed2 star

The narrative wasn’t the most interesting to follow. I like the overall concept.25


A Different Kind of Apocalypse5 star

Wow! This started out as an airplane read. You know, the kind of story to pass the time on a 3 hour flight. It quickly became an addiction. I couldn’t put it down. It leaves you with lots to ponder beyond what’s next. Great read. Grabbing book two now.55


Force to finish2 star

The writing is really bad. Really bad. There was a lot of unimportant plot detail which seemed to try and prolong the story. I’m not a soap opera fan. Action should not be a soap opera. If there are 12 antagonist and you kill one in the first book does that mean you are trying for a 12 book series? I’m done and I had to force myself to finish this.25


The passage1 star

I like the most things that are my favorite pictures of the airdrome15


Who am I Who am I Who am I5 star

You will be absolutely glued to this book until the final word. Wonderfully well written. The characters are genius second to the plot. I put this novel up there as one of my all time favorites.55


Great book5 star

Long but one of my favorites!55


What a great book5 star

I absolutely loved this book. Great from beginning to end. I love how the story unfolds and keeps you coming back for more. It was difficult to put down. Way to go Justin.55


I’ve read and re-read this book over and over5 star

If you love TheStand, as I do, then this book, this trilogy, will tip the scales for any reader. I love The Passage and all it’s intonations and meanings that JC has put forth in this tomb of a book. The characters become you and I become them and who am I echos throughout it’s pages55


The Passage5 star

Couldn’t sleep , but loved it. I read the whole series!55

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