THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin

I enjoyed The Passage.  I won’t describe the plot in detail, as I suspect lots of people haven’t had the chance to read it yet.  Suffice it to say it’s a new and interesting take on the end-of-the-world vampire theme which could be described, perhaps, as The Stand meets Earth Abides meets I Am Legend.
  On an aside, I must be turning, not into a vampire, but into a proofreader: I spotted one typo and twice a sick character “wretched”.
  I had a few complaints with the book.  One, I felt it tied up a little too neatly.  In a funny sort of way, I’d have felt happier not knowing what happened to some of the characters – life’s like that, after all.  Although there was a last-minute twist, I thought it wasn’t quite brutal enough with its main characters.  I got the impression that the main bunch of heroes and heroines kept on going through one disaster after another, so that towards the end I started to wonder if anything could possibly stop their apparently endless quest.  I think I’d have been happier for them to meet up with fewer obstacles; and perhaps for fewer of them to survive. And there were a few plot holes - for example Amy seems to have a power before - uh - something happens to her, but this is never explained.   
  Oh, and one of the things Amy did (I will resist making a joke about book titles here; and I will resist saying exactly what it was she did, for fear of spoiling it for future readers) just didn’t make sense to me.  I could see that it made he overall plot easier to handle, but it seemed something of a cop-out.  Email me after you’ve read the book if you want to know what it was!
  But these are minor complaints.  Overall, I thought the whole thing read very well, with lots of new ideas.  I have a feeling a sequel is in the offing.  Further, I can “see” the descriptions in the book very clearly, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it being made into a film in the not too distant future.
  I don’t think this is quite the masterpiece it’s being hyped up to be, but if you enjoy escapist horror with a futuristic twist, you are likely to enjoy The Passage.
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