The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

Book Review


The City of MirrorsBook Genre: Paranormal, Dystopian, Post-apocalyptic, Science Fiction

Book Series: Book three in The Passage Trilogy

Released: May 24, 2016 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 598 Price: $28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley and a signed ARC at BEA for an honest review.



Book Synopsis:

“The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?”

The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-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.

My Review:

As I sit here and collect my thoughts about this long-awaited finale to a journey started back in 2010 I’m not entirely sure how to put into words what I think.  Lets start with what drew me into this story.  My name is Amy and I live in Iowa and I work in library and love vampire stories (granted most of the time mine are love interests not monsters out to destroy the human race) and  I learned of this new vampire book where a girl named Amy from nowhere is destined to save the world.  I was so in.  I really enjoyed the first book, sure it was long and I was put out a bit from the cliffhanger, but I waited and two years later the second book came out.  This one took a bit for me to get into because it was such a shift, we had all new people and it wasn’t so much a continuation as a look at another area of the country along the same timeline.  Eventually the book picked up, the parts set in Iowa City helped a lot here, and the two timelines combined and the battle was on.  If I had stopped before the last section or two of that book I would have been totally satisfied and able to walk away, but I read that second blasted cliffhanger and needed to know how this ended up.  Dammit.  Then there was the wait, four years this time and when I finally got my hands on this beautiful book, after having met the author (who is super sweet btw) I was ready for some closure.  I was ready to learn how Amy saved the world.

Looking at the grand picture I have to say I am totally satisfied with how this trilogy ends, it was beautiful and bittersweet, everything I had hoped for.  Mr. Cronin did an excellent job of wrapping up loose ends, still wonder what happen to the folks near Iowa City, but we got so much closure that I, like Amy, am at peace.  If you didn’t care for book two I would urge you to give this one a try.  I was pulled in from the beginning and only found one tedious part where we learned Zero’s back story.  Not that I don’t think it wasn’t important, but it was so freaking detailed and long…  Being there was a six-year span from the first book to the last I gave up trying to place where everyone was from and who was related to whom.  I just went with the flow and figured it would all come to me.  Now I’m sure some was still lost in that aspect, but I don’t think it hurt the story.  The plot and storytelling made up for any holes in my memory.

As I sit here and digest this tale it is growing on me, I am even going to bump up my initial star rating by one.  This is an epic story that is rich in detail and spans a thousand years.  I do believe that it is the longest time span I have read to date.  It was so worth it though, we get to witness so much over those years.  There are moments of such beauty and sadness to be found in this story I will take it with me always.  This is one of those tales that changes how you look at society, on family, and makes you hope for something better.  Hope that what traverses on these pages does not end up a reality.  Not us becoming vampires, but the destruction and possible extinction of the human race.  Because that is possible.  This book gives me hope that even if things seem at their worst and society is crumbling around us that we will survive as a species.  That there will be people who still have honor and step up to do what needs to be done.  Of course there will be those that prey upon others, but in the end we could all come together and realize we are not all that different, we are all human and simply want to survive.

Some of what I really loved about this book were the answers we are finally given.  We learn about what happen in the rest of the world, something I had been wondering about since book one.  We also learn what truly caused the epidemic, something that surprised me.  We get to follow Amy through her complete lifespan, and we get to learn a bit of the world after all the virals are gone.  We also get a glimpse of how America recovers from its infestation of humans and returns to a state of beauty.

I’m glad I stuck this one out, it was worth the effort and I was honored to read something that is a beautiful contribution to the literary world.  I hope you give this trilogy a try.  It is long, but it is finished now.  Pick it up and read about Amy a girl from nowhere who saves the world.

My Rating: 5 Stars


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