aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

The Passage: Worthy of the hype?

It’s hard to remember a book that has been more hyped than Justin Cronin’s The Passage. I first heard about it at the Public Library Association annual meetings, where two folks were complaining that it had been hyped too much, and that at some point readers wanted to be able to discover the book for itself.

But Random House needs to earn back the three million or so it laid out for the book, which is the first in a trilogy. So they did things like develop a Web site for The Passage. Bookstores like it, at least according to the New York Times, which said, “So far, booksellers have expressed early and passionate enthusiasm. “The Passage” was chosen as an Indie Next List pick for June; Library Journal predicted that the book would be one of the most popular novels of the year; and Publishers Weekly raved, “Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin’s engrossingly horrific account of a postapocalyptic America.”” (Read the rest of the article here.)

And I reviewed it for the Oregonian - although I didn’t even get a freebie ARC, but borrowed one from a librarian. Was it a perfect book? No. Did I think about it longingly when I wasn’t reading it? Hell, yes! Read my review in the Oregonian here.

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