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The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage begins a few years in the future and terrorist attacks on malls and subways are common occurrences. The U.S. government conducts secret experiments to engineer super-soldiers and injects some death row inmates with a modified virus. The result is a group of vampire-like creatures who are powerful, almost indestructible, and they feast on humans, at least those who aren't turned to become one of them. Unsurprisingly, they escape and wreak havoc on the world. The novel then jumps about 90 years and the remaining humans are tucked in perpetually-lit sanctuaries and living in fear of the "virals." Arriving at one of these sanctuaries is a girl, Amy, who was a girl at the time of the original experiments, and also a subject of the secret military program. Humanity's survival might depend on Amy's survival. Justin Cronin's novel (and the first of a trilogy) has received positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "About halfway through the chewy center of The Passage, I was whining that Cronin should have cut out a few hundred pages, but by the end, the only thing I wanted was to get my sweaty hands on the next two volumes. Till then, I'll be keeping the lights on."
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