The Passage is a dystopian novel that begins with a horrific military experiment that, bad as it is to begin with, ends up essentially destroying the known world. It has lots of flaws and is exceptionally long, but I was engrossed from beginning to end.
The experiment gone awry produces almost invincible vampires, but not the beautiful, sexy vampires in most of today's fiction. These deadly creatures are hideously ugly and insatiable, destroying or converting their victims into their own image.
Civilization is reduced to chaos and survivors have to begin again in the most primitive manner as attempts to destroy the "virals" have led to warfare that has destroyed the infrastructure that modern man takes for granted.
The novel begins in a world in the not too distant future, but then resumes nearly one hundred years later. A few colonies of survivors exist, but in situations mostly pre-technology, and while the colony the novel focuses on does try to find others, they have been unsuccessful. Roads have been destroyed or left to the vagaries and ravages of nature, cities mostly destroyed, virals roaming beyond the barricades... a pretty much pioneer society.
Into this failing society, comes a strange girl. One of the original (unwilling) participants in the experiment. Amy, "The Girl from Nowhere--the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only..." and decisions must be made.
Although quite long and full of characters, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, the characters, and the action. There is a sense of conclusion, but there will be another book that I will be sure to read.
Fiction. Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic. 2010. 766 pages.