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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”


NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST HORROR BOOKS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME 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 • Library Journal 

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” 

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.

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Praise for The Passage

“[A] blockbuster.”The New York Times Book Review

“Mythic storytelling.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Magnificent . . . Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them. . . . The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road: a story about human beings trying to generate new hope in a world from which all hope has long since been burnt.”Time

“The type of big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night.”The Dallas Morning News

“Addictive.”Men’s Journal

“Cronin’s unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind.”Parade

Mysteries & Thrillers
June 8
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Tyler '04 ,

700 pages goes quickly

This is a fast-paced, entertaining read. A good, more catastrophic vampire story. The vampires are scary, but you should only lose sleep over it because you don't want to put the book down and are busy remembering what you read and anticipating what comes next.

I did keep getting the feeling that I was reading a movie, and as I was reading the story seemed familiar. It finally came to me that this story is very similar to the movie with Will Smith, I Am Legend. I think that's the one. I only saw it once, so I vaguely remember the details. If you haven't seen it or don't remember it, don't go spoiling the book by renting it and watching it first. Try reading the book then renting the movie. It's not exactly the same, just similar characteristics.

I enjoyed the book and recommend it. There's a Book 2 due out in 2012, so if you hate waiting for the sequel, you might want to wait a little while before starting the first book.

JBHaner ,

Greatest book EVER

It truly is the best book I have ever read!!

Tranceman0007 ,


Although I didn't buy this book from iBooks, I have read it and think it's probably one of the best books I've read in the past couple of years. The second part of the book seemed a bit disjointed but the authors second book in the series goes into more detail about the 'middle' part of the story. Anyway, read it, you'll be staying up late on a night to get through it as quick as you can. Five out of five. Looking forward to the next installment.

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