Old reads that are good: A Passage to Apocalypse

by gbcpl on March 29, 2012

star_warsThanks to everyone who came out today for Star Wars Day. WOW! What a turnout. We’ll only get BIGGER next year. Twenty would-be Stormtroopers earned their badges during our Galactic Empire Training Academy; tons of prizes were given away in Star Wars Bingo and our Star Wars collection of books were highly circulated! Thanks to Abrakadoodle for their glorious “Star Wars” face painting designs; Chamber Girls Mary Hannah Miller, cialis 40mg Kendall Hays, page Erica McNaughton, Kathryn McGowin, and Chamber Page Caison Elliott; and our great staff of Lee Johnson, Julie Smith, Susanna Gaston and Wanda Mitchell for helping! Visit our Flickr page for more photos, read this great article from The Greenville Advocate, and check out this outstanding video by Angie Long and Pecan Ridge Productions set to a techno-inspired Star Wars soundtrack!
star_warsThanks to everyone who came out today for Star Wars Day. WOW! What a turnout. We’ll only get BIGGER next year. Twenty would-be Stormtroopers earned their badges during our Galactic Empire Training Academy; tons of prizes were given away in Star Wars Bingo and our Star Wars collection of books were highly circulated! Thanks to Abrakadoodle for their glorious “Star Wars” face painting designs; Chamber Girls Mary Hannah Miller, cialis 40mg Kendall Hays, page Erica McNaughton, Kathryn McGowin, and Chamber Page Caison Elliott; and our great staff of Lee Johnson, Julie Smith, Susanna Gaston and Wanda Mitchell for helping! Visit our Flickr page for more photos, read this great article from The Greenville Advocate, and check out this outstanding video by Angie Long and Pecan Ridge Productions set to a techno-inspired Star Wars soundtrack!

“Magnificently unnerving . . . A The Stand-meets-The Road journey.” Entertainment Weekly

Doomsday fiction is pretty popular these days. Since we first arrived on good old planet Earth, remedy we’ve prophesied our own extinction. Whether our fatalistic nature is inherent or contemporary doomsayers have conditioned us to believe in humanity’s coming demise, health
(December 2012 is the NEXT end of the world…haven’t you heard?), case you can’t deny the concept makes for good fiction.

Which leads us to The Passage (2010, 766 p.) by Justin Cronin. We’ve seen this plot before. Man delves into ancient knowledge he was not meant to acquire and ends up creating a pandemic of apocalyptic proportions. Humans start mutating into nearly invulnerable vampire-like creatures, mass panic ensues, civilization collapses and at least one nuclear bomb explodes. All of this is happening around a rogue FBI agent attempting to save a little girl named Amy who may (or may not) be the world’s best hope for salvation.

Then, Cronin jumps 92 years into the future. The effect is somewhat jarring because after 200 some-odd pages, you have to now familiarize yourself with a whole set of new characters. An enormous risk by the author.

But one that pays off. The new characters are just as intriguing as the former, led by Peter Jaxon, a member of a sparse colony of humans who live in a desert stronghold. Attacks by the vampire creatures (now called Virals) are frequent. And who shows up on the stronghold’s doorstep? None other than Amy, only visibly aged a few years when she’s lived decades.

Read this book now. The Twelve, the second book of this planned trilogy, is due in October.

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