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The Passage was a gripping book. The kind you don't put down and blast through in a weekend. This book is not that good. It bogs down considerably in the middle when we meet "Zero". I see what Cronin was trying to do with the character, and I generally don't despise allegory but it gets to be a bit too much here. The pacing problems persist into the final third of the book. By the time it comes to the climax I found myself just hoping to get to the end. It might be me but I was disappointed. Not enough to not recommend it. I just wish it was better paced.
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This was exhausting. Good, but exhausting. It would not have been quite so onerous if there were not so many characters and plot twists that I felt like I had to go back and read the first two books in the series before starting the third. If not, I was certain I would be lost.
I am glad I did. I think I would not have enjoyed the last book of the trilogy nearly as much if I had not reread the first two. But by my calculation, I spent about 96 hours in Cronin's world and while those 96 hours were worth it. I don't think I could have given it another single hour. So I am glad the series ends here.
I thought the ending was wonderful, even though the climax was quite sad. I am still not sure I understood the logistics of the relationship Amy and Peter evidently shared at some point. Whether it existed in reality or not.
My only complaint was I would have cut out about 75-80% of the backstory about Patient Zero. It was a real departure from the plot line and just confused an already confusing cast of characters and key events. Plus I thought Zero was in many ways the weakest character of the series.
If you like Cronin and you liked the first two books in the series, and even though I think a good chunk of the third book adds nothing to the story, you will enjoy this book especially the last 15-20%.
If you want to read this series do not start with this book. Start at the beginning.
Scott Brick is a little to emotive and theatrical to me. But I believed him as the voice of this series.
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