Thursday, June 2, 2016

The City of Mirrors

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
Random House: 5/24/16
eBook review copy; 624 pages
ISBN-13: 9780345505002
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. You 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.

Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Random House for review purposes.

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