Man, where did this book come from? I'm not the kind of guy who keeps his ear to the railroad tracks of publishing, but the buzz for The Passage by Justin Cronin seemed to drop out of the sky in an instant. Well, heck, if the guy can get early praise from Stephen King, a seven-figure deal for the movie rights from Ridley Scott, and rave reviews from just about everyone, I'm game.
Likened to King's The Stand, the story is ignited by a secret government facility accidentally unleashing a virus upon the earth. Unlike The Stand, this virus doesn't kill, but transforms. The aftermath: a world full of vampiric creatures thirsty for blood.
It's the first book of a proposed trilogy, though. Oh man, I've lost count of how many trilogies and series I'm in the middle of right now. Do I really want to pile on another at this point? I've only just recently wrapped up my reading journey through the Harry Potter novels, and one book away from finishing King's Dark Tower series.
What do you think? Are you psyched to read this one?