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review 2017-01-09 08:00
The City of Mirrors
The City of Mirrors - Justin Cronin

I remember reading The Passage years ago and really enjoying it. So when I read The Twelve, admittedly only last year, I was not feeling it and was disappointed. It took me hundreds of pages to get back into the story and even then it did not really succeeded. With this information, I was a bit afraid to start with The City of Mirrors, but I wanted to finish the series, and also prevent another huge gap between books.

It was okay. There were parts that I enjoyed, and others that just seemed to be so much filler without actually adding something. Strangely enough though, the part I liked best was Zero's back story. He really fleshed out the characters, and I think this is why I've heard so much great things about his non-fantasy novels. I would certainly pick up one of those books.

However, the survivalist story I liked less. They all feel very safe with the Twelve defeated, but of course, now that there is a new novel, you already know it can't last. It didn't feel very surprising at all, and also to me it was not the last stand that so epic a series (in number of pages at least) should be deserving.

Like I said, I was slightly disappointed with The City of Mirrors, but as Justin Cronin really knows how to portray his characters, I will certainly read more from him in the future!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-08-14 09:06
It was going really well, until...
The City of Mirrors - Justin Cronin

I've looked forward to this book since finishing "The Twelve" the first time around. It didn't disappoint, at least not until about three quarters of the way through - it had the familiar mix of horror, humanity, love and tragedy I've come to enjoy from the two previous books in the series.There was even an undertone of ecological warning at the end of the book making it more than just an entertaining romp through some post-apocalyptic nighmare landscape. But then Cronin uses one of the worst cliches to get his heroes out of a tight spot: the old I've-tried-everything-I-can-think-of-to-get-this-machine-to-go-now-I'll-just-have-a-fit-with-a-wrench-and-hit-everything-in-sight-because-I'm-so-useless-oh-it-works-now-hooray! Really? I've waited this long for the book, I would have waited another few weeks for you to come up with something less corny. I have taken away one star for your lack of ingenuity, Mr. Cronin (although really I enjoyed it enough for it to be a four star read). And once again I would say stay away from pregnancy and birth, describing it is really not your forte.

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review 2016-06-05 00:47
Very Disappointing!
The City of Mirrors: A Novel (Book Three of The Passage Trilogy) - Justin Cronin,Scott Brick

This is part three of a series. I had really looked forward to the conclusion. Part one “The Passage” and part two “The Twelve” were excellent. This last book in the series “The City of Mirrors” left a lot to be desired. After listening to more than 7 hours of a 28+ hour audio, I gave up. I hate to give up on books, and yet, recently, I have had to because they were just not engaging enough to invest more time.

The narrator of this book, Scott Brick, has been excellent in all others that I have listened to by him. In this one, he droned and over-emoted, and quite honestly, I am not sure whether or not it was the narrative or the narrator, but I actually fell asleep more than once and had to backtrack several times.

There was so much background given, and so much detail and description provided about a character “Zero”, or Dr. Fanning, who started the whole virus that infected the world, that it mind-numbing! My husband and I listened to the first two with interest and were completely engaged, but both of us looked at each other and gave up the effort at the same time. Once again, I apologize to the author, but I think it was too long and too detailed and often entered the realm of a teenage/YA fantasy or sci-fi book, rather than a book that could please adults and young adults. It stretched credibility beyond my ability to suspend disbelief.

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review 2016-05-07 22:25
The City of Mirrors - Justin Cronin

#THECITYOFMIRRORS AVAILABLE 5/24/16  EXCELLENT ENDING TO THIS TRILOGY!  5 STARS!!!  @jccronin @randomhouse  Wow, have I waited a long time to read this! And believe me, Justin Cronin did not disappoint. I remembered a lot of what had happened in the first two books, well the major things. However, I appreciated the little reminders that I was given in the beginning of the book. How I forgot that Amy put herself up as bait, I have no idea. But it was definitely a great help.

The first part of the book was a little slow, going back to the beginning of Zero's life before and during college, I didn't quite get it, then I realized why we were going there. Sorry to doubt you Professor Cronin! While this one still had its lulls, it also had its peaks or should I say mountains. There were several scenes that I know my heart beat was sky high. It was amazing that it took the destruction of one whole city to get rid of one person. That was pretty cool.

I never understood the Carter deal. Were they in a place where time did not happen? That one still has me wondering.

I can honestly say, that even though it take me three days to read this book, it was definitely worth the wait. Now I am sad that the wait is over. This is undoubtedly one of the best trilogies that I have read and I would recommend it to everyone. This puts all the YA trilogies to (which are still good) in an infantile category. I will certainly miss the crew and hopefully I will get to see them on the big screen in the future! That would certainly make my day! HOLLYWOOD, are you listening?

Huge thanks to Random House/Ballantine for approving my request, my fingers were crossed the whole time I was waiting. And also to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. WHAT A GREAT BOOK!!

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review 2016-05-04 15:09
A satisfying end to the series
The City of Mirrors - Justin Cronin

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

This was a great ending to The Passage trilogy.  This review may be vague, but that's a necessary evil to keep it spoiler-free.  Seriously though, if you haven't read the first two books, stop here and come back when you've read them, because this review is NOT spoiler-free for the whole series to date.

 

The City of Mirrors picks up where The Twelve left off.  The viral horde has been vanquished at Homeland where eleven of the Twelve were killed after Amy went viral to save humanity, and the people left in Iowa and Kerrville, Texas appear to be safe to rebuild.  Alicia, still half viral, has a different mission however, to track down the Zero and kill him, ending the viral threat forever.  Amy has vanished, leaving Peter, Sarah, Hollis and Michael to return to Kerrville.  Carter, the twelfth of the Twelve, remains a wild card, ensconced in his bunker in the wreck of the Chevron Mariner.  Will he continue his silence or will he use his power to unleash a new horde of the virals called "Dopeys"?

 

The book, as usual, is extremely well written.  Justin Cronin is a talented writer who pays great attention to detail and writes in flowing, engaging prose.  The language he uses draws the reader in, making scenes that could be dry or turn into a boring info dumps really interesting.  He can ratchet up the tension when needed, whether it's a slow burn to a major plot point, or a shorter build up to a sneak attack.  He also resolves the plot in this book, something I really appreciate, since I've seen quite a few trilogies get bloated with side plots and become never-ending slogs, either because the writer has lost sight of the ending and just doesn't know what to do, or because the series was successful, and the writer wants to keep the book sales gravy train rolling.

 

Overall, I thought this was an excellent end to the series and well worth waiting for.  I'm very interested to see what Justin Cronin writes next, but in the meantime, I'll be rereading this series from the beginning.

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