Originally Posted by Pennglock
Im reluctantly finishing up The Passage. 150 pages in, I was rapt and ready to call it the best pot-boiler in recent memory. Unfortunately the storyline does a complete 180 about a quarter of the way through the book, and strangely the quality-writing seems to disappear at the same time as the quality plot.
I guess I'd still recomend it for fans of the vampire apocalypse...
What an incredibly over-hyped book, huh? The first third was awesome, the last two-thirds were some of the shittiest writing ever. I found myself skipping 5-10 pages at a time and missing absolutely nothing. I could write a book on how bad this book is. Sorry for the length, but I've been holding this in a while. I was so irritated that the book never got better. No spoiler alerts, because I don't want any of you to actually buy this book. You'll thank me.
I can see why it was so bad. The author finished the first third of the book and his agent began shopping it around. Ridley Scott bought the rights, and wanted a trilogy. So, the author had to drag out the book, leaving:
1. Ridiculous action scenes that make no sense whatsoever. The train scene? A previously killed Bad Guy pops up (OOGA BOOGA!!!) out of some grate and fires a gun at our hero. Marginally important but likeable character throws himself in front of the bullet and dies in the hero's arms. Bad Guy get immediately slaughtered.
Extra asks "hey, how'd that guy survive a shotgun blast to the head?"
Expositive Old Guy - "he's a familiar, we've seen a few of them" This is the first and last mention in the entire book of "familiars."
2. Boring as shit characters. Can you name a single distinguishing trait of any of the characters? A few of them had black sounding names, that's about all we know of them.
3. Innumerable plotholes. Scan the Amazon fan discussion board. It's hundreds of sheep saying how they loved the book and then asking "but something I didn't get is how......"
4. Awful language - one chapter has eight uses of the word "thrumming"
5. The Amy character makes absolutely no sense.
6. The "ending" - one sentence in a "report" telling us that everyone in Texas died. Yeah, some peasants in a village held off the vampires for a century, but a massive military force behind an entrenched fortress can't?