Reviewed by Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
City of Mirrors is the third and final book in The Passage trilogy. Barely three years have passed since the virals were wiped out and now the characters we got to know and love are slowly re-building their civilization again. Yet despite this forward step, something dark lurks in the edges. People and animals are mysteriously disappearing without a trace in the frontier. It seems as though the settlers can’t quite rest as easily as they thought.
Justin Cronin expertly navigates multiple plotlines and time jumps to tie up storylines started in The Passage, continued in The Twelve, and the concluded in City of Mirrors. It is a thousand year long roller coaster ride that at times left me breathless. It starts out slowly but fortunately Cronin provides enough of a background to allow the reader to reacquaint him/herself with what took place in the previous books and to re-invest in the characters. I very much enjoyed the story and particularly appreciated the back story to Fanning, also known as Zero. This novel was intense, suspenseful, incredibly emotional, and so satisfying.
Justin Cronin’s trilogy is a unique and compelling work of dystopian fiction. I would highly recommend it for anyone who prefers their dystopia to be more Walking Dead or 28 Days Later than Hunger Games.
Rating: 4 stars