When Stephen King announced his "retirement" there was no one to take over. There are excellent writers of psychological terror and excellent writers of horror, but Stephen King writes a fine line and balance between the two. Now there is someone to fill the shoes of King—Justin Cronin can walk that line and make us cry, but quietly so nothing in the night can hear us! The "Heir to the Throne" has been found!— Stephanie
June 2010 Indie Next List
“Justin Cronin's incredible imagination takes the reader on a ride that is engrossing, thought-provoking, terrifying and above all, immensely entertaining. A diverse and engaging cast of characters dot the landscape in this sweeping novel that is both fantastical science fiction and heartbreaking drama. An absolutely thrilling read, The Passage is destined to reach a huge audience and leave everyone wanting more.”
— Tiffany Miner, Book People, Austin, TX
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY "TIME" AND "LIBRARY JOURNAL"--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"
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.
"Enthralling . . . You will find yourself captivated."--Stephen King
"Magnificently unnerving . . . "The Stand "meets" The Road.""--"Entertainment Weekly"
"Great entertainment . . . a] big, engrossing read."--"The Dallas Morning News"
"Mythic storytelling."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
The story of Amy continues in "The Twelve, " coming soon. Look for a special preview in the back of the book.
About the Author
Justin Cronin is the author of "The Passage, Mary and O'Neil" (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and "The Summer Guest." Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writers' Award. A professor of English at Rice University, he lives with his family in Houston, Texas.