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Sunday, April 10, 2016

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3)
by Justin Cronin
Ballantine (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-345-50500-2
Buy from Indigo
Published on May 24, 2016

Description: In "The Passage "and" The Twelve, "Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity s desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon but does silence promise the nightmare s end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.

"The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?"

The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy – humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.
The Good Stuff

  • Cronin's world building is outstanding 
  • Some wonderfully wise observations on life and love and the nature of humanity
  • A beautiful sensitive scene between Sarah and Pim
  • Loved the scenes where the character describes the love of working in a library 
  • Cronin's use of language is exquisitely beautiful at times and the dialogue between characters delightfully snarky.  Such a contrast but he makes it work so well
  • Incredible character backstories, each and every character feels very real
  • Thoroughly enjoyed learning how Fanning became Zero,  you can see how much development went into the story
  • A satisfying ending to a truly epic literary tale
  • Fascinating study of human endurance and our ability to hope and triumph over adversity 
  • Truly something that is unusual, a literary dystopian horror novel 

The Not So Good Stuff

  • Too much jumping over spans of years - left me feeling disjointed
  • I really should have re read the first two books in the trilogy again, as much of the story has been forgotten in the years since I read it.  I highly recommend if its been a while to do so before you read this, as it will affect your enjoyment - I will update this review when I re read all three books together and it will be interesting to see if I appreciate this final book in the trilogy more

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"A lot of life, Michael had learned, came down to trying to fix things that weren't fixable."

"The world was real and you were in it, a brief part but still a part, and if you were lucky, and maybe even if you weren't, the things you'd done for love would be remembered."

"What was childhood if not a passage from light to dark, of the soul's slow drowning in an ocean of ordinary matter."

"It's children, he thought, that give us our lives; without them we are nothing, we are here and then gone, like the dust."

"Our instinct for survival is indomitable; we are a species of unconquerable will and the capacity for hope. And should that day come again when the forces of nature rise up against us, humanity will not go quietly."

"History is that scar on your hand. It's the stories that leave a mark, the past that refuses to stay past."

3.75 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review (I always feel bad when they send me a book and I don't love it - sorta feel guilty - but I have to be honest with my reviews - REMEMBER I rate my books on my enjoyment and not on the writers ability

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