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Justin Cronin: The Passage

If there are two things that it would seem popular culture did not need more of, it would be 1. post-apocalyptic tales, and 2. vampire stories. But Justin Cronin managed to combine the two into The Passage, one of 2010’s most engrossing adventures.

In the near future, a U.S. military experiment attempts to turn an ancient virus into an unstoppable weapon and the key to immortality. But something goes horribly wrong, and the virus—its carriers akin to the vampires of ancient tales—wipes out most of the North American population. The survivors in one colony suspect they may be among the last humans 92 years later, but there may be one unexpected hope: Amy, who’s just a girl, and has been a girl for nearly a century—a singular creature whose existence may be the key to humanity’s survival. Cronin spins two equally remarkable narratives: that of the Time Before, including the relationship between Amy and the federal agent who bonds with her; and of a determined band of survivors in that post-disaster world whose thousand-mile trek to discover Amy’s origins brings them face to face with unexpected horrors. While it echoes epic narratives of love and survival from The Stand to The Road, The Passage also carves out its own cast of fantastic characters, and is a vampire mythology that’s as singular as it is primally familiar.

Join the author as he tours in conjunction with The Passage’s paperback release—and begin counting down the days until you can read the sequel, The Twelve. (Scott Renshaw)

Justin Cronin: The Passage @ Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, 801-524-8200, June 2, 7 p.m., free.

Date: Jun 2, 2011
Time: 7 p.m.
Phone: 801-524-8200
Address: 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 84111
Where: Main Library