Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is. Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row. He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming. It is.

Written by Iris

When I first decided to wrap The Passage by Justin Cronin as a Blind Book Date, I found myself so intrigued by the descriptions I came across (“government experiment of apocalyptic proportions”, “dystopia with teeth”) that I decided to pick it up for myself. These books are quite chonky – the shortest in the trilogy still weighs in at a whopping 750 pages – but I liked the first one so much that I immediately followed it up with the second part, The Twelve. Unlike some unfortunate early readers who had to wait several years for part three, The City of Mirrors, my timing was lucky enough that I only had to wait a few short weeks to dive into that one.

The premise: in search of immortality, scientists accidentally turn a dozen death-row inmates into viral mutants that cause a complete apocalypse across North America. Somewhat similar to The Girl With All the Gifts and The Walking Dead, the story is focused mostly around a few different groups of survivors. Both the epic “save-the-world-from-doom” narrative AND the personal story of a small group of individuals feature beautifully. I highly recommend this series for its intriguing (post-)apocalyptic story set in an elaborately fleshed out world, featuring a varied cast of characters that’ll have you really rooting for them.

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