The Passage by Justin Cronin
The passage is a giant beast of a book. It begins with the tale of a poor abandoned six year old girl named Amy, who is pursued by a shadow agency for unknown reasons. Within the story of her pursuit is a scientific experiment gone wrong that causes a vampiric virus to be set loose on the world and ending civilization as we know it. Somehow Amy is found by a group of survivors and taken into their fold. It's a story about vampires and the end of society but yet it winds up being something fresh and different.
The plot lines are too twisted and dense to be enjoyed as a book. I first read the novel and couldn't decide if I liked it. A year later I listened to the audio book and found it to be a much more enjoyable entertainment experience; as if the burden of keeping on top of the plot lines and the characters was too much to also allow the reader to also be lost in the story. Having someone else narrate the book allowed me to sit back and enjoy the roller coaster ride.
If you are a fan of Station Eleven, the Road, or other works of adult dystopia, I would highly recommend this book.
Rating: 2.5 stars in print
4 stars audio