Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Re-Reading Justin Cronin's THE PASSAGE
I got about ten pages in and realized that, helpful summary aside, I really had no idea what was going on anymore and who the characters were blah blah blah, and needed to re-read the series.
I've never done this before. I've never re-read a series before embarking on a latest volume. I'm not really even a series person generally speaking. But The Passage is a horse of a different color. (Of course my sci-fi reading husband, who re-read the first few volumes of his favorite 14-volume series several times, probably thinks I'm a rank amateur, and he's probably right.)
In many ways I think when this blogging thing is finally over for me and I log off for the last time, The Passage will be one of those books that define this experience for me. The hype, the excitement, the thrill of playing a tiny part launching a big book and participating in the opening-day enthusiasm along with my fellow readers, and helping spread the word about a new book you've just got to read is a lot of what keeps me going as a blogger. And frankly it's been missing from my blogging life for years now.
And wow. I loved that book. I gave it to my husband to read, and he loved it too. Everyone was reading it, and most everyone loved it.
A couple of years ago the sequel, The Twelve, came out, just as hotly anticipated as The Passage and maybe more so, since The Passage ends on a humdinger of a cliffhanger and everyone wanted to know what was going to happen next. Just like the first one, I tore through the second book and waited impatiently for book three.