I really enjoy Justin Cronin's books. The depth of his characters and the worlds he builds with his words draw you in completely. It's like visiting an alternate reality - you really feel like you're there, right in the middle of the action. The City of Mirrors is the third and final book of the The Passage trilogy. In my experience, the second and third books of a trilogy never seem to hold up as well as the first, but this is NOT the case with The City of Mirrors. It is every bit as heartfelt, heart-wrenching, and heart-pounding as The Passage and The Twelve. I like to compare this trilogy to The Stand by Stephen King, but on steroids - in the best way possible.
Here's a description from the publisher to give you a better idea of what the book is about:
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.
In the first two books of the trilogy, we got to meet Amy, an orphaned girl who is very special and wise beyond her years. She holds the key to saving mankind. We also met the families of The Colony - those who had trained to protect its people from the virals (vampire-like creatures who are sensitive to light and water and feast on the blood of humans). Peter and Michael and Alicia and Sara and Hollis and all of our favorites have been through so much and are trying to pick up the pieces. Their defeats and triumphs and their sheer will to survive were the main focus of the those two books. In this book, there's been peace. No viral sightings. People were beginning to finally relax and rebuild because they thought that the virals were wiped out. But they soon find out that this is not really the case. The final showdown kept me up way too late because I couldn't stop reading. It's just so good.
I don't want to give too much away, but I guarantee that you won't be able to put the book down. I also highly recommend going back to re-read the first two books if you can before reading this one because it will just give you the full effect of the amazing characters and their growth on this long, life or death journey.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication date: May 24, 2016
Hardcover, 624 pages
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.*