Bookish Advent Calendar - Day Nine!
The Passage is one of the best books I have ever read. It's like a literary version of The Last of Us, and The Fifth Wave owes a huge debt of gratitude to this novel. In fact, the reason I like The Fifth Wave so much is because it reminds me of this book. The Passage is a literary post-apocalyptic horror novel where humanity has been all but wiped out by a disease that turns people into nightmarish monsters. I'd say they were vampires, but much, much worse. Only one person, a strange little girl called Amy, has ever survived the virus. She will travel thousands of miles and many, many years to protect what remains of the human race.
The story is so richly woven, so beautifully told, and yet at the same time it's packed full of action and intensity. If you have a reader still in love with post-apocalyptic tales but in need of something deeper, you need to give them this book. It has so many layers to delve into, and I find something new to explore with every re-read.
...and right now, I really wish I hadn't given away my second, paperback copy of this novel. Oh well, good reason to buy another copy! This hardback is a bit too heavy to lug around.