Being school hols and a lack of internet connection the girls and I have been doing some serious reading _ I'll share some of the stuff they have been into with you too over the next few days but tonight I just finished the Passage by Justin Cronin. And I have just done a quick google to get the details behind it. I was lent it by a friend and hadn't really heard of it had only seen it in the bookstore. The cover is quite haunting and compels you to pick it up - so I had read the blurb a couple of times but kept putting it back unsure.
It's a huge book 800 pages - Heavy which I usually don't love as I read in bed and toss and turn building piles of pillows around myself to hold my book in place -and the bigger the book the harder this is to do LOL.
I loved it pure and simple It was unputdownable - It reached a point where I just wanted to gobble it up but wanted it to go slower too because I could see it was coming to an end. The characters stay with you long past the last page. Some parts I feel like I want to go back and read again which is very unlike me!
I just read on wikipedia that the rights have been purchased for a movie I hope that happens. The second one is due out in two years :) It's going to be a long wait.
Here are the details
"It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born." First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear-of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse. As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he's done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey-spanning miles and decades-towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun. With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction
Definately not a light or fast read but well worth the journey. :)