Monthly Meeting 2: The Passage by Justin Cronin

“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.

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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The above description had the least spoilers, so I used it. This is a well reviewed novel by many reliable sources. Although on the larger size, the reviews indicate that it is a riveting page turner. Seems like a very original story with many twists and turns.

Amazon has this for $7.99, which sounds like a pretty good deal.

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  • Steve H.

    Just my thoughts on the meeting, besides the high attendance. I thought it was really cool that the book was enjoyed by so many. The Passage is an epic tell, covering multiple generations of characters in a destroyed world. Characters in the story die. There are guns, "vampires", bits of graphic gore, twists and turns, anyone of the above could cause a reader to dislike the story. But a large group of diverse people mostly enjoyed the story, and I found that good for fiction and not type setting people to genres. The groups take on the MANY characters in the book was also interesting. We all had our favorites. We also all found or own flaws with the book, which is natural. Thanks for coming out and sharing your thoughts. Until next time, cheers!

    2 · January 23, 2013

    • Jim C.

      Do we have a date for the next meeting yet? That will help me plan when to start the next book.

      January 26, 2013

    • Shannon

      Not positive, but they were talking about Feb. 20. :)

      January 26, 2013

  • Steve H.

    I want to apologize to the group for having such a large group. The next book will have a much smaller group, I promise. So keep an eye on the RSVP information when it comes out shortly. The next book will be much smaller, so hopefully everyone will have finished it before the meeting. And if you can't make the meeting, please change your rsvp to make room for others. And I guess only rsvp if you plan on reading the book and making the meeting.

    January 23, 2013

  • Dianne M.

    This was my first time with this group and I enjoyed everyone. I was disappointed with the seating because we couldn't really carry on a group conversation. But good Mexican Food will make up for just about anything.

    January 23, 2013

    • Steve H.

      The next meeting will be capped at at more reasonable group size. That was my fault for not understanding the system. I apologize to the group for that.

      1 · January 23, 2013

  • Christina E.

    My first time with the group and I had a wonderful evening and great conversation.

    1 · January 22, 2013

  • Shannon

    Great book and intriguing discussion!

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Glad people are excited about this book! Just remember to bring cash with you to make things easier.

    January 20, 2013

  • Mindi M.

    I haven't been to a meeting yet . I'm sorry I can't attend this one as I'm out of town until Februrary. I read this book several months ago and loved it.

    January 20, 2013

  • Shannon

    This book was fantastic!! I am so sad it's over...but look forward to a lovely discussion.

    1 · January 20, 2013

    • Dianne M.

      It's not over! I've started on The Twelve which is the next book in the series.

      January 20, 2013

    • Shannon

      I saw that! I need to get it stat!

      1 · January 20, 2013

  • Melissa

    I've shut down RSVPs for this meetup by request. Although this is a large group please do everyone in this meetup the courtesy of attending. Remember, three strikes and you're out! :-) Also, bring cash to this location because they do not do separate bills for large parties at Hacienda. If you have any questions please direct them to myself or Steve. Thank you!

    January 15, 2013

  • Ed S.

    A well written book is aperfect art form for me. I look forward to meeting other like-minded friends

    1 · January 8, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Hopefully everyone is enjoying this story. I did not realize just how long this story is. Sorry about that. It should be a good discussion though, as I feel this story has a little something in it for everyone. This Cronin guy has quite the imagination! See you all on the 21st!

    January 4, 2013

  • Steve Holtam changed the location to Hacienda Del Rio

    January 4, 2013

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