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The City of Mirrors: A Novel (Book Three of The Passage Trilogy) (original: 2016; edição: 2016)

de Justin Cronin (Autor)

Séries: The Passage Trilogy (3)

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"In The Passage and The Twelve, Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity's desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon--but does silence promise the nightmare's end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale. The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place? The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew--and daring to dream of a hopeful future. But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy--humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him. One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate. Praise for Justin Cronin "One of those rare authors who work on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram The Passage "Magnificent. Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them. The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King's apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy's The Road."--Time "Read this book and the ordinary world disappears."--Stephen King "[A] big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night."--The Dallas Morning News The Twelve "[A] literary superthriller, driven at once by character and plot."--The New York Times Book Review "Gripping. Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology."--The San Diego Union-Tribune "An undeniable and compelling epic. a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"--"The third and final installment in the Passage trilogy. With The Twelve destroyed, many wonder if the threat to humankind also has vanished. But then a terrifying threat shudders the gates of the colony...and Amy--the girl who must save the world, Peter, Alicia, and Michael must at last confront their destinies"--… (mais)
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Título:The City of Mirrors: A Novel (Book Three of The Passage Trilogy)
Autores:Justin Cronin (Autor)
Informação:Ballantine Books (2016), Edition: First Edition, 624 pages
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The City of Mirrors de Justin Cronin (2016)

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A strange one. Mostly in good ways.

What was strange? I found it interesting that this one pretty much picked up where The Twelve left off, but when we met Zero, it completely detoured for somewhere around a quarter to a third of the novel in an extended flashback of Fanning's life.

I can be a long-winded damn storyteller at times, and I've read some long-winded authors, like Tolkien and King and Clancy. But even to my battle-hardened eyes, this seemed awfully long.

And yet, once I settled in and realized this wasn't a quick side trip, but a long ride, I found myself enjoying this novella-within-the-novel-within-the-trilogy.

Then we got through that, and the story kept ticking along at a good pace. The climax was epic, and very cinematic, in my view, as though Cronin had an eye to the inevitable movie deal (yes, I know it was sold years ago).

And then there was the ending. Cronin takes a page from Tolkien, or more appropriately, from the real life Peter Jackson (the fictional version of which is one of the many heroes of this novel) and ends the novel...and just keeps going.

Yes, it was nice to find out what became of some of the characters. Yes, it was interesting to see the world a thousand years past the "event"...even if it looked pretty much exactly like the one we have now, but with less dependable phone reception. But did I really need to watch a burgeoning romance start at the end of a story I'd already read a half-million words on? Not so much.

Overall, though, despite some of the story that felt padded for length, I really enjoyed both this novel and the entire series. Not my favourite apocalyptic thriller (that still falls to King's The Stand), and not my favourite trilogy (that would likely be Stephen R. Donaldson's first three Thomas Covenant books, before he went on to fuck it up so badly). But this series is up there. Well realized characters, interesting antagonists, and a fun story, overall...even if he uses the overused "kill the host, kill the horde" plot device).

Definitely worth the read. So yes, this was a fitting end to the Passage trilogy that put Cronin's name on the map. It'll be interesting to see what he does next. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
In "The City of Mirrors", the third and final novel of his vampire apocalypse trilogy, Justin Cronin delivers another serving of suspense, drama, terror, wonder and pathos. As in the first two books of the series, "The Passage" and "The Twelve", the vampires of this story are not the traditional monsters as depicted by Bram Stoker and Anne Rice. They are "virals", the unfortunate victims of a virus that the U.S. military had intended to use to create a race of super-soldiers. What could go wrong?

In "The Passage", the original twelve experimental subjects escape from confinement in a secret government facility in Colorado and wipe out most of the population of North America. But every tenth victim receives only a non-lethal bite, and then transforms into a viral to bite others. One of the few places where humans hold out against the viral onslaught is The Colony in the desert of southern California. Also, there is the girl Amy, who is injected with the virus, but who doesn't immediately become a viral.

With "The Twelve", survivors from The Colony and the Republic of Texas help the enslaved humans of Iowa fight against their "red eye" masters. The Red Eyes are human-viral hybrids. At the climax, Amy and the rebels take on the Twelve.

"The City of Mirrors" is Manhattan, the dwelling place of Tim Fanning a.k.a. "the Zero", as in "patient zero" of the project that created the virals. He remains the last threat to the survival of humanity in North America, and the world. The story flashes back to his life as a human being, a life in which his loss of his beloved leads to murder and to the twist of fate that turns him into the monster that must be destroyed if humankind is to survive. A masterful work of imagination. ( )
  ChuckNorton | Aug 23, 2021 |
Most of The City of Mirrors, the final book in The Passage trilogy, is up to the standard of book 2, The Twelve. One major story line from the previous books needed to be examined and resolved… Where is the Zero? What will happen to the human race? Unfortunately, The City of Mirrors spends way too much time telling Timothy Fanning’s backstory. And despite all that excessive detail, I felt Zero’s actions still feel completely unmotivated and unbelievable. However, once the the action gets moving it’s a page-turner. ( )
  sbecon | Aug 19, 2021 |
I was given a gallery copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

The LONG awaited conclusion of The Passage trilogy, I was excited to get my hands on this book, but quickly into it, I was quickly overwhelmed. Cronin has done SUCH an excellent job at building a very complex future world that I found I had forgotten too much of the background and went in search of the first two books in the series. Some books are meant as stand-alones, but The City of Mirrors is not that book.

Once I was fully up-to-date, having reread The Passage and The Twelve, I can say that City of Mirrors is my favorite of the three. Cronin's final book spans the full thousand years since the story first began, revisiting prior events, retelling some parts of the story offer a new perspective, all the while moving ahead from where book 2 left off - effectively pulling together the final threads in this amazing story.

Because it is epic, and heartbreaking, and hope building. And well worth the wait.
And because you have waited SO long, definitely invest a little more time in re-reading the first two. I had forgotten how the second book ended, so when rereading it, the sense of "what the heck is he going to do next" was fully heightened.

I'm not a spoiler girl, and this book is loaded with OMG moments, so I'll leave you to it, reader.

( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?

The Twelve have been destroyed and the terrifying hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew—and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy—humanity’s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.
  Gmomaj | Mar 22, 2021 |
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"In The Passage and The Twelve, Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity's desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon--but does silence promise the nightmare's end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale. The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place? The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew--and daring to dream of a hopeful future. But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy--humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him. One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate. Praise for Justin Cronin "One of those rare authors who work on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram The Passage "Magnificent. Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them. The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King's apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy's The Road."--Time "Read this book and the ordinary world disappears."--Stephen King "[A] big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night."--The Dallas Morning News The Twelve "[A] literary superthriller, driven at once by character and plot."--The New York Times Book Review "Gripping. Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology."--The San Diego Union-Tribune "An undeniable and compelling epic. a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"--"The third and final installment in the Passage trilogy. With The Twelve destroyed, many wonder if the threat to humankind also has vanished. But then a terrifying threat shudders the gates of the colony...and Amy--the girl who must save the world, Peter, Alicia, and Michael must at last confront their destinies"--

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