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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.
©2016 Justin Cronin (P)2016 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-03-16

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Lulu on 09-08-16

I Could Not Handle a Fourth Book

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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