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The City of Mirrors

There’s just one vampire left: Fanning.

Amy and her friends may have defeated have defeated Eleven of the Twelve, with the help of Brad Wolgast, but Zero, the vampire who also goes by the name Tim Fanning, is still out there.


Alicia, who was raped in the last book, gives birth to her stillborn baby, naming her Rose during the few hours that she lives.

Michael, who is sailing around the world, discovers an ocean liner beached off the Gulf of Mexico. He decides to fix it up.

Peter, who is raising Caleb in Kerrville, Texas, dreams of living with a human Amy. In his dreams, they are in the farmhouse, spending their days in peace and love. He hasn’t seen or heard from Amy in years. In life, he goes about his days working and becoming a part of the president’s administration.

When Alicia finds Fanning, she wholeheartedly intends on killing him. But because she is one of Fanning’s Many, she cannot dispatch him. Fanning befriends her, telling her the story of how he lost the love of his life as a human. When she learns the truth about Fanning’s plan to kill all of the humans, Alicia races to warn them. Can Peter and the town of Kerrville survive a sudden viral attack after so long?


As The Passage trilogy draws to a close, I’m reminded of how dear these characters have become to me. I found myself wishing that no one died, that everyone could live their best life, and that they would find a purpose in life–be it finding someone to love, or sailing around the world.

After spending about three months in Justin Cronin’s vampire post-apocalyptic world, I will miss characters like Amy, Peter, Alicia, Greer, Michael, Theo, and Maus. (I’m probably forgetting someone in the main group; in any case, these are some of my my favorite characters.) I devoured these books because they were so intense and fun. Now, I’m looking forward to watching the TV show and seeing how the show is interpreted.

I loved this unique take on how a vampire is created: from a virus, one that was supposed to be the cure-all for everything, one that went terribly wrong. I liked how there was love and hope shining through the darkest times in these novels.

I loved the symbol of water, and what water represented in the series: not a way of death, but a way of coming back to yourself once you turned into a viral (vampire). You went home to the people you loved once you entered the water, which I found quite beautiful.

I highly recommend this trilogy to anyone who wants a book that is both devastating and hopeful, one that is full of danger and humor, love and hate.

Justin Cronin has done a good job starting with a story, and ending with a story. This trilogy came full circle in a very satisfying way.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

By Meghan B.

Hello! Thanks for checking out my blog! Despite being 29, I haven't lost my sense of child-like wonder for the world around me. I've been making up stories my whole life: My imaginative play with toys as a child has grown up with me, maturing into my imaginative wordplay with fantasy and sci-fi prose as well as free-verse poetry. I thrive on creating something with my hands and with my mind, using either my pen or my keyboard. When I'm not reading, writing, or knitting (or realistically, working), I'm watching Netflix, gaming, or hanging out with the people I love most: my friends, my family, or my boyfriend.

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