First MAG Book Club Meeting

Meetup to discuss The Passage and to discuss goals of the book club in general.

You may join the Goodreads.com reading group here: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/104491-metro-atlanta-geeks

Then, if you wish, also join the event here:

http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/899366-book-club-meetup-for-the-passage


From the Goodreads site:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6690798-the-passage

The Passage (The Passage #1)
by Justin Cronin
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 · rating details · 72,316 ratings · 11,110 reviews


“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.

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  • Lee F.

    it was nice to meet everyone, and I look forward to the next meeting

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Johnny

    Great first book club meet-up! Thanks for putting this together Amy! Looking forward to the next one.

    3 · September 12, 2013

  • Amy

    Thanks for coming! Great start! See you next month! Here's a link to contribute to the Neil Gaiman Skype opportunity. http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1489673-neil-gaiman

    3 · September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unable to make it. Have fun!!

    1 · September 6, 2013

    • Amy

      Next time!

      September 12, 2013

  • Belinda C.

    Can't attend the 9/12 meeting (prior commitment), but I'd love to participate.

    2 · September 8, 2013

    • Amy

      Great! Will keep you posted on future meetings!

      September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, hope the discussion goes well. Please post if you are going to do another book. Have a good time!

    1 · September 12, 2013

    • Amy

      We will definitely be reading another book. Will keep you posted!

      September 12, 2013

  • Lisa Sainte M.

    I have had something come up and won't be able to join y'all after all - sorry

    September 12, 2013

    • Johnny

      See you next time.

      September 12, 2013

    • Amy

      Next time!

      September 12, 2013

  • Amy

    Here are some ?s from a Readers Guide online for The Passage. We'll use these to initiate discussion. See you in a bit! What do you feel were the main themes Cronin was wrestling with in this novel?

    What was your favorite quote/intro to which section of the novel and how do you feel it best set up what was to come?

    Did you think the national response to the crisis was realistic (ex. California seceding from the U.S.)?

    Do you think Cronin’s writing techniques and style changes were successful in bringing this world to life? Why or why not?

    Did you have a hard time transitioning from the first third of the book to the last two-thirds? Why or why not?

    Was there any point in the story where you felt you couldn’t read anymore?

    Did you have any issues with the pacing of the novel? Why or why not?

    Which character do you think loved Amy the most? Which do you think Amy loved the most?

    Was the ending satisfying or did it leave you thirsty for more?

    2 · September 12, 2013

  • BJ

    Just a little FYI:
    Panera Bread's founder and CEO, Ron Shaich, is partnering with Feeding America's CEO, Bob Aiken, to take the SNAP Challenge.
    From September 14th–20th, Ron has made the personal decision to live on a food and beverage budget of just $4.50 a day — the average daily benefit per person provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as Food Stamps). <3 :)

    1 · September 11, 2013

    • cynmac

      So true. I lived in my great grandmother's house in West End which became a food desert not soon after I left in 2000. The A&P closed and they did open a Publix that lasted maybe a year. My daughter and I would drive to Midtown on Saturdays to do our grocery shopping in what is now called 'Murder' Kroger on Ponce.

      1 · September 12, 2013

    • Justin S.

      Love the Murder Kroger

      September 12, 2013

  • chad h.

    thought we would come just to meet a few of yall :)

    2 · September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I work near this Panera so I'll get there early (between 6:30 & 7) to snag us a table. I'll have a little MAG sign untill Johnny gets there.

    4 · September 12, 2013

    • Johnny

      Thanks.

      September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't make it! I'll be doing a 5K. Perhaps if it's still going I'll show up late.

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Read it a couple of times (last just before "The Twelve" came out) - don't think I can make the meetup though...

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • BJ

    This is a link to join the "Panera bread" loyalty diner email club. I have joined it and received discount coupon offers for food and drinks through them. The "Panera Bread" restaurant probably restricts the number of coupons that they are willing to accept from one group of patrons in a night.
    http://mypanera.panerabread.com/

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Lisa Sainte M.

    Have not finished book but more than two thirds way through -

    1 · September 6, 2013

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