The City of Mirrors : The Passage Trilogy

  • by Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: The Passage Trilogy
  • 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Passage and The Twelve, Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity's desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon - but does silence promise the nightmare's end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last this best-selling epic races to its breathtaking finale.
The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?
The Twelve have been destroyed, and the 100-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.
But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy - humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.
One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.


What the Critics Say

"One of those rare authors who work on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)


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Customer Reviews

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I'm going to keep this review relatively short. Cronin's final installment in the The Passage trilogy was spectacular, sweeping, and brilliant. He delved deep into the nature of love and rage, hope, and finally the simple act of living every day.

I am particularly surprised at the people who didn't like Zero's backstory. Yes, it was extensive, but I found it absolutely spellbinding. Some of the best writing I have experienced in quite a while. It was humanizing, tormenting, and terrifying. I have to confess that I may have originated from a world similar to that which Zero joined. I've spent much of my life on the coast of New England and could relate, heavily, to that existence. These realities may have played into my acceptance of the subplot, but even excluding that, I would be surprised if the underlying intent didn't resonate with someone.

I found the conclusion satisfying, but I do have some issues with a few plot inconsistencies towards the end of the book. I won't delve into them as they are very specific and would result in spoilers... but I think they irritate me because they could have been so easily fixed. However, these are minor in the grand scheme of the trilogy size. When I first finished it, I was somewhat disappointed with the resolution of some of the characters, but this has faded as I have had time to percolate. Once more, not enough to change my rating or my love of the series.

Highest marks and worth the time and effort.
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- Charlie

Ends the series with a whimper.

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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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-24-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio