Book Review: The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3) by Justin Cronin

Posted May 24, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review | 15 Comments

Book Review: The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3) by Justin CroninTitle: The City of Mirrors
Series: The Passage #3
Author: Justin Cronin
Publisher: Ballantine Books, Random House
Publication date: May 24th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Literary Fiction, Post Apocalyptic
Length: 624 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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.

Book Quotes

“We have mortgaged the planet and spent the cash on trifles.”
“To know and be known: that was the final desire, the heart of love.”

“What is home but a place where you are truly known?”

“All stories end when they have returned to their beginnings.”

My Thoughts

How do I even put my feelings for The City of Mirrors and Justin Cronin’s The Passage series as a whole into words. I simply can’t do these books or Mr. Cronin justice. My words fail me.

Of all the books that I have read in my adult life, this series may well be my absolute favorite. (And for all of you bibliophiles out there…you know how difficult it is to narrow our favorites down to less than 100!)

The Proof – The Passage & The Twelve are the first books that I have ever reread! Ever!

I knew that if I were to fully enjoy The City of Mirrors I needed to revisit the first 1300+ pages in the story. And don’t mistake me…this is indeed one large interconnected, multi-generational story that is broken up into three parts. Do Not…I repeat Do Not …attempt to read these out of order! You will be doing yourself and the story a great disservice!

There is something here for everyone. Seriously – Don’t assume this series “isn’t for you”

Horror, Love, Family Values, Social Commentary, Environmentalism, Epic Battles & the simple everyday struggle of what it means to be human – The Passage series has it all.

The everyday struggles within each of us to find the right balance of good and evil, black and white…to find that Gray space inside within which we can each sit comfortably. I don’t think it is coincidence that one of the characters who best embodies this challenge is named Grey.  The struggles to love and feel worthy of receiving love.

Justin Cronin’s characters are perfectly dynamic constantly growing and developing to meet the challenges that this world throws their way while remaining true to their intrinsic selves.

At it’s core, this series is nothing more than a story. The most important story of all. “The story of ourselves” A story of love.  Love of self, love of family, love of community, love of duty and love of this amazing planet that we are blessed to call ours.

The Bottom line – Read this series!

If you haven’t started this series yet-what are you waiting for? And if you have- I strongly recommend a full reread for this release.

The City of Mirrors and The Passage series as a whole is completely breathtaking from start to finish. I almost want to start all over again for the 3rd time!

Final Thoughts

Tonight – Hold your loved ones close, gaze up into the past at the light of the stars above and count your blessings…for they are many.

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About Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin

In 2010, Justin Cronin’s The Passage was a phenomenon. The unforgettable tale that critics and readers compared to the novels of Cormac McCarthy, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, and Margaret Atwood became a runaway bestseller and enchanted readers around the globe.

It spent 3 months on The New York Times bestseller list. It was featured on more than a dozen “Best of the Year” lists, including Time’s “Top 10 Fiction of 2010,” NPR’s “Year’s Most Transporting Books,” and Esquire’s “Best & Brightest of 2010.” It was a #1 Indie Next Selection. It sold in over 40 countries and became a bestseller in many of them. Stephen King called The Passage “enthralling… read this book and the ordinary world disappears.”

Now, PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Justin Cronin bring us the conclusion to his epic trilogy with The City of Mirrors. For the last time, Amy—the Girl from Nowhere, who lived a thousand years—will join her friends and face down the demons that threaten the last of humanity.

Justin Cronin is also the author of Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer’s Award.

A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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15 responses to “Book Review: The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3) by Justin Cronin

  1. I cannot believe I have put off reading this series for so long!! Great review and I cannot wait to start this series! Thanks for this great reviewaaaaaa;0

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