Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The City Of Mirrors by Justin Cronin [5 stars]


From the Description
"A thrilling finale to a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction."Stephen King

You followed The Passage. You faced The Twelve. Now enter The City of Mirrors for the final reckoning. As the bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale, Justin Cronin’s band of hardened survivors await the second coming of unspeakable darkness.

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

The Twelve have been destroyed and the terrifying 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.

Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publication Length: 624 pages


City Of Mirrors is the final book in The Passage trilogy. If you haven't read The Passage and The Twelve you really need to to fully appreciate and understand the events in this one. Also, I have two questions for you,,,, "Have you been living under a rock?" And "Why not?!?" These books have all been phenomenal. The brilliant descriptions and gripping action allow for a total immersion into the story. Amy and her friends are easy to care about, I couldn't help but laugh, cry and fear both for and with them. I even found myself feeling empathetic toward Fanning when I read his back-story, not an easy feat when you know his actions have helped to bring about the end of the world as we know it. This is a totally satisfying end to an epic adventure spanning more than a thousand years that no fan of great story telling should miss. A totally engrossing 5 star read.


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About the Author


Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors, 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 the Whiting Writers' Award. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

You can find him on his website Enter The Passage, and on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter


Praise for The City of Mirrors

"Justin Cronin’s Passage trilogy is remarkable for the unremitting drive of its narrative, for the breathtaking sweep of its imagined future, and for the clear lucidity of its language. The City of Mirrors is a thrilling finale to a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction."
Stephen King

"Superb . . . This conclusion to bestseller Cronin’s apocalyptic thriller trilogy ends with all of the heartbreak, joy, and unexpected twists of fate that events in The Passage and The Twelve foreordained."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Readers who have been patiently awaiting the conclusion to Cronin’s sweeping postapocalyptic trilogy are richly rewarded with this epic, heart-wrenching novel. . . . Not only does this title bring the series to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion, but it also exhibits Cronin’s moving exploration of love as both a destructive force and an elemental need, elevating this work among its dystopian peers."
Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for Justin Cronin

"One of those rare authors who work on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills."
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Passage

"Magnificent . . . Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them. . . . The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road."

"Read this book and the ordinary world disappears."
Stephen King

"[A] big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night."
The Dallas Morning News

The Twelve

"[A] literary superthriller, driven at once by character and plot."
The New York Times Book Review

"Gripping . . . Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology."
The San Diego Union-Tribune

"An undeniable and compelling epic . . . a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel