Friday, May 6, 2016

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

The City of Mirrors
by Justin Cronin

My rating: 5 stars

Trilogy - The Passage - Book 3
Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 24, 2016)
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
ISBN-10: 034550500X
ISBN-13: 978-0345505002
Page Count: 624
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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.

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

The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3)Thrilling! Epic! Bittersweet! Justin Cronin’s trilogy has come to its conclusion and it ended as brilliantly daring as it started. The City of Mirrors brings closure of sorts to a tale of a world devastated and decimated by an apocalypse that made flesh eating monsters of the masses as easily as it made monsters of those seeking to hold power and sway over a world divided and drifting rudderless, hoping only to survive long enough to see a new beginning filled with hope.

The Twelve are gone, but the one known as Zero has far surpassed the powers of the others and has become a puppet master, able to do the inconceivable and he must be stopped before he destroys the only one able to stop him, Amy. Follow along through decades of turmoil, watch as the past uncovers the truths of the present and fuels the hope for the future. Lives will be sacrificed to save those that remain, hearts will be shattered, and soul-deep bounds will be frayed and torn as a creature once human vents his anguish and fury on the innocent.

Will this be the final battle for humanity? Will the fate of the survivors finally be decided?
Justin Cronin has taken us back into the bleak world he has created, but this time he lends humanity to the twisted evil that is Zero as he flashes through the painful memories of the once human life of Fanning, as we struggle to understand the torment that has warped this man into the creature he has become.

Say goodbye to our heroes that still remain, as their paths veer in different directions, some for love, some for peace of mind and some to breathe life into a world on its last breath. Justin Cronin’s creativity and imagination know no bounds as he weaves one last thread into his tale and ties it off leaving us with just enough questions to continue on to our own final conclusion. Will humanity survive and re-build? Will they remember those who fought in the past or will our heroes be relegated to myths and legends that could never match reality?

I received an ARC edition from Ballantine Books in exchange for my honest review.

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