Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tremain's Book Corner: "The City of Mirrors" by Justin Cronin

The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3)
Author: Justin Cronin
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 4 Stars

Book Summary: 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.

Personal Review: Oh how long I have waited for the final installment in this trilogy.  Like FOUR years of waiting.  So when it was released, I jumped on seeing how everything would play out, and it did not disappoint in the least...well, may the fact that it ended, but all good things must come to an end eventually.

This entry was a great conclusion to the series and I truly appreciated Cronin's recap to catch us up with the primary characters from the last entry.  That was good because with the lengths of the novels in this series, I wasn't jumping at going back to re-read it.  Then you're taken into the backstory of Zero, the man who almost caused the complete annihilation of the human race.  At this point, although the backstory was needed, some may fell as if the book is dragging simply because a couple hundred pages are spent on it.  Overkill?  Maybe.  But if you make it to the end, you'll understand why this was done, so be sure to just stick with it.

The author's knack for character development is also impressive.  I feel for the characters trapped in this world, which is why I didn't mind getting lost in the prose.  Plus, the vision of the story is broadened so Cronin answers the question of what happened to the rest of America, the world for that matter, throughout the series.

This entry had everything I needed in a horror/thriller/post-apocalyptic read including heart-stopping adventure, action, drama, psychological warfare, and more.  I lived for the battle scenes and those moments where the characters you're rooting for narrowly escapes the dangers in front of them.  Plus, the losses and sacrifices along the way are also enough to make you emote.

I'm a fan of Cronin's writing style and he is one that can certainly write in any genre if he wanted to, but I'm itching for him to stick with this genre and create another series worth following.  Plus, the rights to the books have already been optioned off years ago, so we might just see them brought to life on the big screen.  Let's just hope the future film franchise will remain loyal to the source material, but that doesn't always happen right?  Make sure you start with the first book and work your way to the last.  It'll be worth the ride.

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