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This is Cronin’s dystopian-apocalyptic-sci-fi-woo-woo-vampire-horror follow-up to The Passage. Okay, maybe not so much sci-fi, but I’m pretty sure everything else made it’s way in there.
Along with a hefty dose of Stephen King, because you can’t tell me this book (heck, the whole trilogy?) wasn’t heavily influenced by The Stand. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just adds an element of deja-vu to certain parts of the reading experience.
I spent the first couple hundred pages feeling vaguely disoriented though, since my reading memory is abysmal and it’s been slightly over a year since I read The Passage (in fact, since I read it while HB was in the hospital and in rehab, I’m surprised I haven’t blocked the whole thing from my memory). I probably should’ve done a re-read, but that’s not the way I roll (I mean, who wants to spend the time refreshing one’s memory when one can just dive in blind!).
So it took me awhile to get back up to speed on Peter-Michael-Lish-the rest of The Colony. But not Amy. Amy I remembered. Along with Fanning and Lawrence Grey and The Twelve and Wolgast. Which means I remembered mostly bad guys.
And okay, I just went back and read my post on The Passage. It didn’t help much. I’m sure that when the final book comes out two years from now (!), this post won’t be of much help, either.
Oh wait. I’m supposed to mention what the book is about? Hah. Easier said than done. I’d say vampires, but that’s not quite right. It’s about a dystopian future (it’s dystopian because some scientists and the US government fucked us all over) over-run by vampire-like creatures. Life is not easy. You’re either working your patootie off to survive and avoid getting snatched up by a viral (the aforementioned vampire-like creatures), or you’re working your ass off in an effort to not become food for a viral, or you’re a viral (not a pretty existence…trust me), or you’re something else…something like Amy, or Lish, or ????? (and for that, you’ll need to read the book, but let’s just say it was a fabulous/fabulously disgusting addition to the plot-line). Or you’re one of The Twelve, but that’s nightmare worthy, so let’s not go there, hmmm?
Additional thoughts (with possibility of spoilers, so read at your own risk):
Lawrence Grey. Oh my.
Lila. Oh me oh my.
Lawrence and Lila. What a pair. And I mean that in the best possible way. That ending!
Amy and Lish. Oh hell no.
Peter. Is anyone else in love with Peter? He’s like Stu, only better, because there’s no Frannie! At the moment, anyway.
Or is Michael Stu? Which makes Lore Frannie. But a Frannie I like. (Sorry…I did say that The Stand deja-vu was strong, didn’t I?)
Sara and Hollis and Kate? Seriously? That just smacked of unreality, even if it did make me happy.
Eustace. Damn. Could you have beat him up any harder, Cronin? Kinda like Nick, in The Stand (yes, here I go again), especially with the teeth.
And one final comparison with The Stand. Danny=Tom Cullen.
Nina. Well of course she’s Nitia. I saw that coming a mile away.
Greer. I had no memory of Greer from the first book, so his scenes did nothing for me.
April Donadio and Bernard Kittridge from Year 0. Just exactly how are they related to Lish?? Did anyone figure it out, or remember from the first book? ‘Cause it’s seriously bugging the crap out of me…I really, really liked those two and their storyline.
Redeyes. Now there was an unexpected addition that was both thoroughly creepy and disgusting, and well played. Also, without them? Not much of a book. Fucking Guilder…what a total and complete asshat that dude turned out to be.
Sergio. Hah. Loved Sergio. Even the ridiculous game of catch they all seemed to be playing with the bomb at the end.
Speaking of the end. It all ended in a bit of a rush. 500 plus pages of buildup for a quick stand down in Iowa (of all places).
Except I’m still nervous if anyone goes outside at night. I mean really, don’t they know there’s a book 3 coming?