The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
Random House: 5/24/16
eBook review copy; 624 pages
Passage Trilogy Series #3
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin is the final epic novel in
the postapocalyptic Passage trilogy. The action in this highly
recommended conclusion follows The Passage and The Twelve.
The City of Mirrors is not a stand-alone novel although Cronin does
have an abbreviated Biblically inspired synopsis at the beginning.
Honestly, I need to start out saying to anyone interested in reading
this, that in order to fully appreciate this final novel in the trilogy,
I think you need to reread the previous two novels.
Cronin does continue to have a plethora of incredibly well developed
characters set in a fully realized world and complicated plot. The novel
starts off slow, but keep with it. Virals are back - although I'm sure
most people didn't think they were really eradicated. Fanning's (Zero)
background story is told here, a long but necessary addition.
will find out what happens to the characters we've been following:
Alicia, Amy, Peter, Michael, Lucius, Sara, Caleb, and Zero. Cronin explores the meaning of love as a destructive force and a basic need.
I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil anything for
fans or future fans, so let me just repeat my admonition that you need
to reread the first two novels to fully appreciate this final novel. It
will also help you follow the complex plot and all the characters. If
I'm honest, it had just been too long between novels for me to fully
appreciate The City of Mirrors and I didn't have the extra time to invest in rereading the previous two (hefty) novels.
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