NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”

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NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST HORROR BOOKS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News & World Report • NPR/On Point • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • BookPage • Library Journal 

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” 

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

Look for the entire Passage trilogy:
THE PASSAGE | THE TWELVE | THE CITY OF MIRRORS

Praise for The Passage

“[A] blockbuster.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Mythic storytelling.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“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: a story about human beings trying to generate new hope in a world from which all hope has long since been burnt.”—Time

“The type of big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night.”—The Dallas Morning News

“Addictive.”—Men’s Journal

“Cronin’s unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind.”—Parade
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The end of the world was only the beginning. 

In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward . . .

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

Look for the entire Passage trilogy:
THE PASSAGE | THE TWELVE | THE CITY OF MIRRORS

Praise for The Twelve
 
“[A] literary superthriller.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“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 Twelve is even better than The Passage.”—The Plain Dealer
 
“A compulsive read.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Gripping . . . Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology. . . . Enthralling, emotional and entertaining.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“Fine storytelling.”—Associated Press
 
“Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A thrilling finale to a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”—Stephen King

You followed The Passage. You faced The Twelve. Now enter The City of Mirrors for the final reckoning. As the bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale, Justin Cronin’s band of hardened survivors await the second coming of unspeakable darkness.

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.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

Look for the entire Passage trilogy:
THE PASSAGE | THE TWELVE | THE CITY OF MIRRORS

Praise for The City of Mirrors

“Compulsively readable.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The City of Mirrors is poetry. Thrilling in every way it has to be, but poetry just the same . . . The writing is sumptuous, the language lovely, even when the action itself is dark and violent.”—The Huffington Post

“This really is the big event you’ve been waiting for . . .  A true last stand that builds and comes with a bloody, roaring payoff you won’t see coming, then builds again to the big face off you’ve been waiting for.”—NPR

“A masterpiece . . .  with The City of Mirrors, the third volume in The Passage trilogy, Justin Cronin puts paid to what may well be the finest post-apocalyptic epic in our dystopian-glutted times. A stunning achievement by virtually every measure.”—The National Post

“Justin Cronin’s Passage trilogy is remarkable for the unremitting drive of its narrative, for the breathtaking sweep of its imagined future, and for the clear lucidity of its language.”—Stephen King
With a rare combination of emotional insight, narrative power, and lyrical grace, Justin Cronin transforms the simple story of a dying man’s last wish into a rich tapestry of family love.

On an evening in late summer, the great financier Harry Wainwright, nearing the end of his life, arrives at a rustic fishing camp in a remote area of Maine. He comes bearing two things: his wish for a day of fishing in a place that has brought him solace for thirty years, and an astonishing bequest that will forever change the lives of those around him.

From the battlefields of Italy to the turbulence of the Vietnam era, to the private battles of love and family, The Summer Guest reveals the full history of this final pilgrimage and its meaning for four people: Jordan Patterson, the haunted young man who will guide Harry on his last voyage out; the camp’s owner Joe Crosby, a Vietnam draft evader who has spent a lifetime “trying to learn what it means to be brave”; Joe’s wife, Lucy, the woman Harry has loved for three decades; and Joe and Lucy’s daughter Kate—the spirited young woman who holds the key to the last unopened door to the past.

As their stories unfold, secrets are revealed, courage is tested, and the bonds of love are strengthened. And always center stage is the place itself—a magical, forgotten corner of New England where the longings of the human heart are mirrored in the wild beauty of the landscape.

Intimate, powerful, and profound, The Summer Guest reveals Justin Cronin as a storyteller of unique and marvelous talent. It is a book to treasure.
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史蒂芬.金:這個系列將會成為美國奇幻史詩中最偉大的成就之一。


  美國首刷印量30萬冊,售出世界40國版權鉅作

?  美國出版界空前激烈一億元版權競價之作,《普羅米修斯》導演八位數高額搶下翻拍權,空降英美排行榜冠軍!

?  亞馬遜驚悚文學No.1, Goodreads讀者票選恐怖類小說No.1

  首部曲為誠品選書,博客來及金石堂暢銷榜作品


?  浩瀚旅程的終局就在眼前,是什麼將等在盡頭?


?  堅強的生存者踏上了末日之旅,面對了十二魔,如今即將進入鏡之城,準備迎接無法言說的黑暗……


  不知來歷的女孩,她的千年之旅即將望見終點,所有回憶與渴望,熾愛與劇痛,擁有與失落,都將在一個世界沉睡,在另一個世界甦醒。


?  過去的世界已經一去不復返了。未來還會有什麼?


?  十二魔統治百年的黑暗已被摧毀,沉淪已經結束。倖存者們走出牆外,立志打造充滿希望和大膽夢想的新世界。


?  但遠在千里之外的死寂之城,有個人獨自煎熬著。


?  他是零號。第一個。十二魔之父。打碎他人生的痛苦無止境困擾著他,逼催著他燃燒起熊熊恨火。只有毀滅人類唯一的希望,那個鮮明活著的女孩艾美,他的憤怒才能熄滅。


?  光明與黑暗的最後對決時刻來臨,艾美和她的追隨者,終將明白自己的命運:誰是首,誰是尾;誰是開始,誰是結束。


?  作者以純文學寫作手法,述說一個有著未來魔幻寓言色彩,讚揚人性堅毅不息的故事;內容跨越時間與空間,穿透現實與虛幻,迴盪著開始與結束都不滅的永恆傳說,文筆點滴動人,結局意境悠遠,餘韻綿長,堪為現代文學經典。


輝煌紀錄


?  《紐約時報》專題特報www.nytimes.com/2010/06/02/books/02cronin.html

  《時代》雜誌年度十大最佳小說

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名家名人感動推薦《末日之旅三部曲》


?  (以姓名筆劃排序)


?  經典名家 史蒂芬.金|暢銷作家 珍妮佛?伊根|東吳大學英文系教授 王安琪|知名作家╱精神科醫師 王浩威|生物人類學者 王道還|推理小說評論者 曲辰|知名譯者 李靜宜|新銳導演 侯季然|資深媒體人 范立達|MLR推理文學研究會 紗卡|


?  名作家 郝譽翔|名作家 張國立|名作家 彭樹君|名作家 楊照|版權經紀人 譚光磊


國內外媒體、暢銷作家和讀者同聲盛讚《末日之旅三部曲》


?  這是一套格局龐大又扣人心弦的小說,讓等候多時的讀者值得了!終部曲不僅為此系列帶來令人心滿意足的句點,同時也細膩呈現了令人動容的追尋。--《圖書館期刊》


?  小說讀者不時會遇上這樣的作品:引人入勝的有趣故事,加上簡單生動的文筆,以及無比的想像力。而夏天正是閱讀這類小說的最佳時機。今年,讀者可以好好享受加斯汀?柯羅寧這本才華橫溢的《末日之旅》。只要讀上十五頁,你就會發現自己被迷住了,讀過三十頁,你更會難以自拔,一路讀到半夜都無法罷休。這部小說鮮活靈動,堪稱兼具奇幻與想像的史詩之作。我還能說什麼呢?我只能說:翻開這本書,周遭尋常的世界就此消失。──史蒂芬?金


?  這本書沒有性感妖豔的吸血鬼也不老派陳腔濫調……柯羅寧的《末日之旅》成功結合了文學和超自然,一定會讓兩種類型的讀者都深受吸引。──美國亞馬遜書評,達芙妮.達勒姆


?  一本充滿吸引力的小說,只要你一翻閱就能領會箇中魅力。──邦諾書店小說採購,西莎蕾?漢斯利


?  加斯汀?柯羅寧寫作了一部狂野、奔放、氣勢恢宏的小說。《末日之旅》堪可比擬為文學的獨角獸:真正的驚人之作,筆力精湛,人性深刻,煥發崇高的理念,一捧讀就不可能再放下。──《塔樓(The Keep)》作者,珍妮佛?伊根


?  整個故事既有趣卻又驚悚無比,儘管篇幅長達八百頁,我還是在二天內就讀完(不是工作所需,完全是因為被本書所吸引),這已經是很久沒有的經驗!──美國圖書館協會,布蘭達?達非


?  幾乎不可能的夢幻組合:純文學的內涵與高度,加上通俗小說的情節安排、背景設定,和最上乘的說故事藝術。──版權經紀人,譚光磊


?  這本跨界小說不只是我讀過最深刻感人的科幻小說,而且文筆之流暢優美,也是文學小說中難得的佳作。──《追風箏的孩子》等書知名譯者,李靜宜


?  這本《末日之旅》,就像是道跨越時空、切開真實與虛擬世界的祕門。打開書的扉頁後,就像是跨進一個完全虛幻,但卻又讓你百分之百相信真實存在的世界,從此,你跟著書中的角色亦步亦趨,心弦完全被高低起伏的情節所牢牢扣住。──資深媒體人,范立達


?  張愛玲說:「時代是倉促的,已經在破壞中,還有更大的破壞要來。」柯羅寧告訴我們,面對時代這「惘惘的威脅」,總是能找到屬於我們的希望的光。在渺如長河的無限量時光裡,《末日之旅》為「歲月靜好」下了最好的注腳。──推理小說評論者,曲辰


?  時窮節乃見,板蕩識忠貞。連活下去都是奢求的世界,你還能堅持信念,為自己的信仰而奮鬥嗎?可知道,連希望都喪失,又是多麼可怕的一件事?這是末日的故事,也是現實的寫照;這更是生命的大哉問:我是誰?上天賦予我什麼獨特的使命?書中末日情境的描寫雖是幻想,但角色人物遭遇的試煉與心境的轉變,絕對讓你感同身受。透過本書,你會慶幸不必經歷恐怖的末日,便已經獲得生命的啟發。──MLR推理文學研究會,紗卡


?  這本科幻小說在前幾頁就讓人感到心痛不已,只花幾十頁就讓我流下淚來……能在營造孤寂、悲傷的同時又能給予光明與希望的氛圍,這種書我這輩子沒看過幾本。--旭日之丘部落客,毛毛牙


?  這是一段漫長的旅程,長到要準備各種不同的情緒來感受它,負面的恐懼與絕望、孤寂與悲傷,正面的勇氣與堅持、希望與未來交錯,走過這一段,很難不被震撼與感動。--資深書評部落客,苦悶中年男


?  本書在坐擁高娛樂性的設定與劇本之餘,還能保有文學筆法與敘述,成功刻劃出作者心目中的世界。雖然不臻完美,但是也無可挑剔。一切都是那麼地絕望,可是總是找得到一點希望……希望雖然宛若燭光,卻永不熄滅,在黑暗之中,踽踽獨行。--繁星.若塵部落客.nornor


  在整本書讀完的現在,我仍不時想起故事中某些情節與敘述,想起那種很恬淡、單純的美。

?  雖然病鬼來襲時充滿鐵與血,封閉社群瀰漫著特異壓迫感,不過其實這本書裡更多的是那種遺世獨立的寧靜。並不到孤寂的程度,就只是……寂寞罷了。這是個探索與追尋的故事,在荒涼寂寥的世界裡,伴隨無盡的疑問。--elish的蘇哈地部落客,elish


  這是我們知道了許多次的世界末日,但在對的人手中,這些世界末日史詩可以被寫成令人難忘的故事。而我要說的是,柯羅寧便是有這份能力的人。──亞馬遜讀者,K. Harris


  作者展現了對於地點,時間和永恆的洞察,以及他對記憶宏偉的探索,都連結了文學的橋樑。他用高明的技法平衡了知識和行動的故事,讓所有讀者滿意,讓情節和故事有穩定的步伐,結局扣人心弦。──亞馬遜讀者,switterbug


  等你經歷過倖存者在本書中求生存的過程,你將會開始去看清楚周遭這個世界是什麼樣子……結尾出乎意料之外。我不想再多說什麼,因為你必須自己去閱讀才知道。──亞馬遜讀者,Jennifer L. Rinehart


  這本書從一開始就是一聲巨響和一個猛右勾拳,比拳王泰森還厲害……讀完過了幾個禮拜,書中描述的影像依然停留在我的腦海中……你絕對不想錯過閱讀這本驚險的小說。人類在逆境中展現勇氣和堅持的故事,將讓你著迷不已。──亞馬遜讀者,AlexJouJou


  探訪一個極有可能的未來……這本書不是很快就可以讀完的,但它完全是一本會帶給你許多愉快時光、讓人滿意和興奮的書。──亞馬遜讀者,S. Al-Amri ?



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"Før hun blev Pigen fra det Ukendte – Hende, der kom gående, Den Første, Sidste og Eneste, som levede i 1.000 år – var hun bare en lille pige i Iowa ved navn Amy Harper Bellafonte."

Da alvorligt syge kræftpatienter bliver raske efter at været blevet bidt af flagermus i Sydamerika, iværksætter den amerikanske regering et hemmeligt eksperiment på dødsdømte fanger for at undersøge, om virusset fra flagermusene kan kurere sygdom – eller bruges til at skabe den ultimative soldat. Men eksperimentet slår fejl, og pludselig er hele verden forandret.

Mens civilisationen falder fra hinanden, lykkes det to personer at slippe væk og finde et midlertidigt tilflugtssted: FBI-agenten Brad Wolgast, der er et godt menneske, men som hjemsøges af de gerninger, han har gjort i embedes medfør, og den kun seksårige forældreløse Amy Harper Bellafonte, som var en del af det fejlslagne projekt. Wolgast er stærkt besluttet på at beskytte Amy mod den ondskab, der er sluppet løs i verden. Om det så skal koste ham hans liv. Men for Amy er alt dette blot begyndelsen på en meget længere rejse; en rejse som kommer til at strække sig over tid og sted. Det bliver op til hende at afslutte, hvad der aldrig skulle have været begyndt.

"Læs 15 sider, og du vil blive fortryllet; læs 30, og bogen vil fængsle dig, og du vil læse til langt ud på natten. Romanen har en livagtighed, som kun episke værker skabt af fantasi og forestillingsevne kan opnå. Hvad kan jeg ellers sige? Følgende: læs denne bog, og den almindelige verden forsvinder."
– Stephen King

Justin Cronin (1962) er med udgivelsen af Den Første godt på vej til at slå sit navn fast som international bestsellerforfatter, og filmrettighederne er allerede købt af Twentieth Century Fox. Justin Cronin er professor i engelsk ved Rice University og bor sammen med sin familie i Houston, Texas.
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「本書有濃厚的詩意,寓言式的滂沱史詩,是科奇幻小說中罕見具高度文字魔力的作品。」
──黃國華

這是一段荒涼孤獨的漫長旅程,
走過這一段,很難不被震撼與感動!

末日並非終點,只是悲慘世界的起始
近百年前,噬血怪物張開黑色的翅膀遮蓋世界,
轉化成千上萬世人成為布滿夜空的發光眾鬼,永無止境渴求鮮血的餵養,
從此人們害怕黑夜,畏懼星光,不敢讓燈熄滅。
怪物們是陰暗的浪潮,墮落的靈魂,永恆的存在,
他們是──「十二魔」。

不是十二也不是零號的那一個,她擁有永恆的種子,卻是影子背後的影子,夜之幕的裂縫,眾鬼心中的漣漪

百年前,在那個難以想像的闇黑之夜後,末日降臨,殘破混亂的新世界就此開始。
存活下來的人們為生存奮鬥,一路躲避瘋狂的感染者,飽受死亡的威脅與摧殘,
面對內心的孤獨與對明天的不信任,各自選擇生命的結局。

百年後,人類最後占據地德州殖民地一夕空城,羅斯威爾營區慘遭大屠殺,人們依舊活在毫無希望的世界之中。
不知來歷的女孩艾美與她的遠征隊同伴彼德、艾莉希亞、邁可和霍里斯在眾鬼之首巴柏寇克消滅後,
各懷傷痛與祕密,就此分崩離析,四散他方。

然而,眾鬼之首的殞滅讓那十二個再也不完整,他們是永恆的一體,分享黑色夢境和鮮紅血流的手足,於是他們決心填補空缺,完整自我;他們齊心呼喊,召喚不是十二也不是零號的那個血脈,是其他的那一個,他們的血親姐妹──名叫艾美的那一個。

作者以高超的寫作技巧鋪陳這部讓人心跳停止的驚悚科幻文學小說,寫作角度更寬廣、情節設計更富戲劇張力,角色刻劃更鮮明深刻,深化的史詩格局激增故事強度,並延續系列前作中對人性的溫柔反思,道德天秤與生命哲理的探討,譜出扣人心弦、令人屏住呼吸,撼動人心的精彩傑作!?

【名家推薦】
◎史蒂芬.金  (經典名家)
◎珍妮佛?伊根 (暢銷作家)
◎王安琪 (東吳大學英文系教授)
◎王浩威 (知名作家╱精神科醫師)
◎王道還 (生物人類學者)
◎曲辰  (推理小說評論者)
◎李靜宜 (知名譯者)
◎臥斧  (文字工作者)
◎侯季然 (新銳導演)
◎范立達 (TVBS資深新聞評論員)
◎紗卡  (MLR推理文學研究會)
◎徐佳瑩 (創作歌手)
◎郝譽翔 (名作家)
◎張鈞甯 (氣質演員)
◎張國立 (名作家)
◎彭樹君 (名作家)
◎黃國華 (財經文學旅遊三棲作者)
◎楊照  (名作家)
◎戴立忍 (名導演)
◎譚光磊 (版權經紀人) 

「超級文學驚悚鉅作!」
──《紐約時報 New York Times Book Review》

「一本無可否認令人注目激賞的佳作!一個有著巨大痛苦和難以想像的失落,恐怖的背叛以及不能置信的希望所交織而成的錯綜複雜故事.」
──《密爾沃基哨兵周刊 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel》

「本書是比第一集更加出色的續作!」
──《實話報 The Plain Dealer》

「一次無法放下中斷的閱讀經驗!」
──《舊金山紀事報San Francisco Chronicle》

「絕對吸引人!柯羅寧在這本精彩的傳說中添入令人毛骨悚然的新元素……豐富迷人,充滿感情和絕佳娛樂性」
──《聖地牙哥聯合論壇報 San Diego Union-Tribune》

「傑出優秀的說書人!」
──《美國聯合通訊社 Associated Press》

「柯羅寧是罕見能出色遊走在兩種完全不同類型小說的作者,完美融合精湛的文學技藝於扣人心弦的驚悚故事之中。」
──《福和市星電報 Fort Worth Star-Telegram》

「故事架構有別於傳統,優雅而清淡的劇情在推與拉的兩股力量間,高潮迭起,環環相扣,卻不時地將步調放慢以營造深具張力的末日場景,藉由神祕、細膩、快速跳動的文體,錯綜複雜的布局,精心拼湊出過往歷史的梗概,在作者的巧手安排下,各個軸線逐漸交會,末日景象躍然紙上。」
──Switterbug (美國亞馬遜讀者)

「以系列小說而言,接續登場的《十二》充分發揮承先啟後的功能,是我接觸過三部曲小說裡面最棒的一部,不但引入新角色和新的生存策略,在新舊人物之間的銜接也處理得很好,某些角色的發展更帶給讀者意外的驚喜。作者也在最後安排了極其駭人的驚險場面,儘管在翻閱書頁的同時忍不住指節泛白,腎上腺指數飆高,但作者高桿的收尾,一方面讓大家心情稍獲撫慰,也吊足了每個人的胃口,我一心想知道最後結局究竟為何。一般而言,系列小說的首部曲如果太過出色,續集通常難以超越,但《十二》卻成功突破這樣的困境。」
──TMStyles Vine Voice (美國亞馬遜讀者)

「張愛玲說:「時代是倉促的,已經在破壞中,還有更大的破壞要來。」柯羅寧告訴我們,面對時代這「惘惘的威脅」,總是能找到屬於我們的希望的光。在渺如長河的無限量時光裡,《末日之旅》為「歲月靜好」下了最好的注腳。」
──曲辰 (MLR推理文學研究會)

「這本科幻小說在前幾頁就讓人感到心痛不已,只花幾十頁就讓我流下淚來……能在營造孤寂、悲傷的同時又能給予光明與希望的氛圍,這種書我這輩子沒看過幾本。」
──毛毛牙 (旭日之丘部落客)

「這是一段漫長的旅程,長到要準備各種不同的情緒來感受它,負面的恐懼與絕望、孤寂與悲傷,正面的勇氣與堅持、希望與未來交錯,走過這一段,很難不被震撼與感動。」
──苦悶中年男 (部落客)

「本書在坐擁高娛樂性的設定與劇本之餘,還能保有文學筆法與敘述,成功刻畫出作者心目中的世界。雖然不臻完美,但是也無可挑剔。一切都是那麼地絕望,可是總是找得到一點希望……希望雖然宛若燭光,卻永不熄滅,在黑暗之中,踽踽獨行。」
──nornor (繁星.若塵部落客)

「在整本書讀完的現在,我仍不時想起故事中某些情節與敘述,想起那種很恬淡、單純的美……不過其實這本書裡更多的是那種遺世獨立的寧靜。並不到孤寂的程度,就只是……寂寞罷了。這是個探索與追尋的故事,在荒涼寂寥的世界裡,伴隨無盡的疑問。」
──elish (elish的蘇哈地部落客)
 „Cititi aceasta carte si toata lumea obisnuita va disparea.“

Stephen King

 

Proiectul NOE un experiment secret o ia razna in clipa in care se raspandeste din greseala un virus care transforma fiintele umane in altceva – ceva ucigator ceva indestructibil.

Amy o fetita de sase ani supusa si ea experimentului e salvata de un agent FBI impreuna cu care fuge in munti departe de lume si de urmarile dezastruoase ale Proiectului NOE. Transformarea imagineaza o lume credibila dominata de frica si de nevoia de supravietuire. E foarte posibil ca soarta omenirii sa fie in mainile unei fetite. Mizand pe o viziune ambitioasa si pe un stil puternic romanul lui Justin Cronin spune o poveste tulburatoare despre catastrofa si supravietuire despre sacrificiu si speranta. 

„Cititi cincisprezece pagini si o sa fiti cuceriti. Cititi treizeci de pagini si o sa va treziti prizonieri care stau cu cartea in mana pana tarziu in noapte. Transformarea are forta pe care numai marile opere ale imaginatiei o pot dobandi.“

Stephen King

 

Povestea lui Amy fetita parasita de mama ei si sechestrata pentru un experiment apocaliptic se desfasoara intr-un univers care trece printr-un moment de dramatica schimbare.

Strabatand distante lungi si decenii intregi destinul ei ne poarta intr-un viitor intunecat ce sta sub semnul violentei si al disperarii. Și numai Amy poate salva lumea...

 

„Monstrii din Transformarea  roman care te tine cu sufletul la gura sunt cele mai ingrozitori monstri din literatura dupa cei din Salem’s Lot de Stephen King... Iar Cronin este un maestru la construirea suspansului si nu face niciodata risipa de cuvinte.“

Library Journal

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◆美國首刷印量30萬冊,售出世界40國版權鉅作

◆美國出版界空前激烈一億元版權競價之作,《普羅米修斯》導演八位數高額搶下翻拍權,空降英美排行榜冠軍!

◆亞馬遜驚悚文學No.1, Goodreads讀者票選恐怖類小說No.1

◆首部曲為誠品選書,博客來及金石堂暢銷榜作品


史蒂芬.金:這個系列將會成為美國奇幻史詩中最偉大的成就之一。


  美國首刷印量30萬冊,售出世界40國版權鉅作

?  美國出版界空前激烈一億元版權競價之作,《普羅米修斯》導演八位數高額搶下翻拍權,空降英美排行榜冠軍!

?  亞馬遜驚悚文學No.1, Goodreads讀者票選恐怖類小說No.1

  首部曲為誠品選書,博客來及金石堂暢銷榜作品


?  浩瀚旅程的終局就在眼前,是什麼將等在盡頭?


?  堅強的生存者踏上了末日之旅,面對了十二魔,如今即將進入鏡之城,準備迎接無法言說的黑暗……


  不知來歷的女孩,她的千年之旅即將望見終點,所有回憶與渴望,熾愛與劇痛,擁有與失落,都將在一個世界沉睡,在另一個世界甦醒。


?  過去的世界已經一去不復返了。未來還會有什麼?


?  十二魔統治百年的黑暗已被摧毀,沉淪已經結束。倖存者們走出牆外,立志打造充滿希望和大膽夢想的新世界。


?  但遠在千里之外的死寂之城,有個人獨自煎熬著。


?  他是零號。第一個。十二魔之父。打碎他人生的痛苦無止境困擾著他,逼催著他燃燒起熊熊恨火。只有毀滅人類唯一的希望,那個鮮明活著的女孩艾美,他的憤怒才能熄滅。


?  光明與黑暗的最後對決時刻來臨,艾美和她的追隨者,終將明白自己的命運:誰是首,誰是尾;誰是開始,誰是結束。


?  作者以純文學寫作手法,述說一個有著未來魔幻寓言色彩,讚揚人性堅毅不息的故事;內容跨越時間與空間,穿透現實與虛幻,迴盪著開始與結束都不滅的永恆傳說,文筆點滴動人,結局意境悠遠,餘韻綿長,堪為現代文學經典。


輝煌紀錄


?  《紐約時報》專題特報www.nytimes.com/2010/06/02/books/02cronin.html

  《時代》雜誌年度十大最佳小說

?  《華盛頓郵報》年度選書

?  《君子雜誌》年度「最佳&最亮眼」小說

?  《美國新聞與世界報導》年度「最值得一讀」小說

?  《美國國家公共廣播電台焦點新聞》年度選書

?  《聖路易郵訊報》年度選書

?  《書頁》雜誌年度選書

?  《圖書館期刊》年度選書


名家名人感動推薦《末日之旅三部曲》


?  (以姓名筆劃排序)


?  經典名家 史蒂芬.金|暢銷作家 珍妮佛?伊根|東吳大學英文系教授 王安琪|知名作家╱精神科醫師 王浩威|生物人類學者 王道還|推理小說評論者 曲辰|知名譯者 李靜宜|新銳導演 侯季然|資深媒體人 范立達|MLR推理文學研究會 紗卡|


?  名作家 郝譽翔|名作家 張國立|名作家 彭樹君|名作家 楊照|版權經紀人 譚光磊


國內外媒體、暢銷作家和讀者同聲盛讚《末日之旅三部曲》


?  這是一套格局龐大又扣人心弦的小說,讓等候多時的讀者值得了!終部曲不僅為此系列帶來令人心滿意足的句點,同時也細膩呈現了令人動容的追尋。--《圖書館期刊》


?  小說讀者不時會遇上這樣的作品:引人入勝的有趣故事,加上簡單生動的文筆,以及無比的想像力。而夏天正是閱讀這類小說的最佳時機。今年,讀者可以好好享受加斯汀?柯羅寧這本才華橫溢的《末日之旅》。只要讀上十五頁,你就會發現自己被迷住了,讀過三十頁,你更會難以自拔,一路讀到半夜都無法罷休。這部小說鮮活靈動,堪稱兼具奇幻與想像的史詩之作。我還能說什麼呢?我只能說:翻開這本書,周遭尋常的世界就此消失。──史蒂芬?金


?  這本書沒有性感妖豔的吸血鬼也不老派陳腔濫調……柯羅寧的《末日之旅》成功結合了文學和超自然,一定會讓兩種類型的讀者都深受吸引。──美國亞馬遜書評,達芙妮.達勒姆


?  一本充滿吸引力的小說,只要你一翻閱就能領會箇中魅力。──邦諾書店小說採購,西莎蕾?漢斯利


?  加斯汀?柯羅寧寫作了一部狂野、奔放、氣勢恢宏的小說。《末日之旅》堪可比擬為文學的獨角獸:真正的驚人之作,筆力精湛,人性深刻,煥發崇高的理念,一捧讀就不可能再放下。──《塔樓(The Keep)》作者,珍妮佛?伊根


?  整個故事既有趣卻又驚悚無比,儘管篇幅長達八百頁,我還是在二天內就讀完(不是工作所需,完全是因為被本書所吸引),這已經是很久沒有的經驗!──美國圖書館協會,布蘭達?達非


?  幾乎不可能的夢幻組合:純文學的內涵與高度,加上通俗小說的情節安排、背景設定,和最上乘的說故事藝術。──版權經紀人,譚光磊


?  這本跨界小說不只是我讀過最深刻感人的科幻小說,而且文筆之流暢優美,也是文學小說中難得的佳作。──《追風箏的孩子》等書知名譯者,李靜宜


?  這本《末日之旅》,就像是道跨越時空、切開真實與虛擬世界的祕門。打開書的扉頁後,就像是跨進一個完全虛幻,但卻又讓你百分之百相信真實存在的世界,從此,你跟著書中的角色亦步亦趨,心弦完全被高低起伏的情節所牢牢扣住。──資深媒體人,范立達


?  張愛玲說:「時代是倉促的,已經在破壞中,還有更大的破壞要來。」柯羅寧告訴我們,面對時代這「惘惘的威脅」,總是能找到屬於我們的希望的光。在渺如長河的無限量時光裡,《末日之旅》為「歲月靜好」下了最好的注腳。──推理小說評論者,曲辰


?  時窮節乃見,板蕩識忠貞。連活下去都是奢求的世界,你還能堅持信念,為自己的信仰而奮鬥嗎?可知道,連希望都喪失,又是多麼可怕的一件事?這是末日的故事,也是現實的寫照;這更是生命的大哉問:我是誰?上天賦予我什麼獨特的使命?書中末日情境的描寫雖是幻想,但角色人物遭遇的試煉與心境的轉變,絕對讓你感同身受。透過本書,你會慶幸不必經歷恐怖的末日,便已經獲得生命的啟發。──MLR推理文學研究會,紗卡


?  這本科幻小說在前幾頁就讓人感到心痛不已,只花幾十頁就讓我流下淚來……能在營造孤寂、悲傷的同時又能給予光明與希望的氛圍,這種書我這輩子沒看過幾本。--旭日之丘部落客,毛毛牙


?  這是一段漫長的旅程,長到要準備各種不同的情緒來感受它,負面的恐懼與絕望、孤寂與悲傷,正面的勇氣與堅持、希望與未來交錯,走過這一段,很難不被震撼與感動。--資深書評部落客,苦悶中年男


?  本書在坐擁高娛樂性的設定與劇本之餘,還能保有文學筆法與敘述,成功刻劃出作者心目中的世界。雖然不臻完美,但是也無可挑剔。一切都是那麼地絕望,可是總是找得到一點希望……希望雖然宛若燭光,卻永不熄滅,在黑暗之中,踽踽獨行。--繁星.若塵部落客.nornor


  在整本書讀完的現在,我仍不時想起故事中某些情節與敘述,想起那種很恬淡、單純的美。

?  雖然病鬼來襲時充滿鐵與血,封閉社群瀰漫著特異壓迫感,不過其實這本書裡更多的是那種遺世獨立的寧靜。並不到孤寂的程度,就只是……寂寞罷了。這是個探索與追尋的故事,在荒涼寂寥的世界裡,伴隨無盡的疑問。--elish的蘇哈地部落客,elish


  這是我們知道了許多次的世界末日,但在對的人手中,這些世界末日史詩可以被寫成令人難忘的故事。而我要說的是,柯羅寧便是有這份能力的人。──亞馬遜讀者,K. Harris


  作者展現了對於地點,時間和永恆的洞察,以及他對記憶宏偉的探索,都連結了文學的橋樑。他用高明的技法平衡了知識和行動的故事,讓所有讀者滿意,讓情節和故事有穩定的步伐,結局扣人心弦。──亞馬遜讀者,switterbug


  等你經歷過倖存者在本書中求生存的過程,你將會開始去看清楚周遭這個世界是什麼樣子……結尾出乎意料之外。我不想再多說什麼,因為你必須自己去閱讀才知道。──亞馬遜讀者,Jennifer L. Rinehart


  這本書從一開始就是一聲巨響和一個猛右勾拳,比拳王泰森還厲害……讀完過了幾個禮拜,書中描述的影像依然停留在我的腦海中……你絕對不想錯過閱讀這本驚險的小說。人類在逆境中展現勇氣和堅持的故事,將讓你著迷不已。──亞馬遜讀者,AlexJouJou


  探訪一個極有可能的未來……這本書不是很快就可以讀完的,但它完全是一本會帶給你許多愉快時光、讓人滿意和興奮的書。──亞馬遜讀者,S. Al-Amri?

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「本書有濃厚的詩意,寓言式的滂沱史詩,是科奇幻小說中罕見具高度文字魔力的作品。」
──黃國華

這是一段荒涼孤獨的漫長旅程,
走過這一段,很難不被震撼與感動!

末日並非終點,只是悲慘世界的起始
近百年前,噬血怪物張開黑色的翅膀遮蓋世界,
轉化成千上萬世人成為布滿夜空的發光眾鬼,永無止境渴求鮮血的餵養,
從此人們害怕黑夜,畏懼星光,不敢讓燈熄滅。
怪物們是陰暗的浪潮,墮落的靈魂,永恆的存在,
他們是──「十二魔」。

不是十二也不是零號的那一個,她擁有永恆的種子,卻是影子背後的影子,夜之幕的裂縫,眾鬼心中的漣漪

百年前,在那個難以想像的闇黑之夜後,末日降臨,殘破混亂的新世界就此開始。
存活下來的人們為生存奮鬥,一路躲避瘋狂的感染者,飽受死亡的威脅與摧殘,
面對內心的孤獨與對明天的不信任,各自選擇生命的結局。

百年後,人類最後占據地德州殖民地一夕空城,羅斯威爾營區慘遭大屠殺,人們依舊活在毫無希望的世界之中。
不知來歷的女孩艾美與她的遠征隊同伴彼德、艾莉希亞、邁可和霍里斯在眾鬼之首巴柏寇克消滅後,
各懷傷痛與祕密,就此分崩離析,四散他方。

然而,眾鬼之首的殞滅讓那十二個再也不完整,他們是永恆的一體,分享黑色夢境和鮮紅血流的手足,於是他們決心填補空缺,完整自我;他們齊心呼喊,召喚不是十二也不是零號的那個血脈,是其他的那一個,他們的血親姐妹──名叫艾美的那一個。

作者以高超的寫作技巧鋪陳這部讓人心跳停止的驚悚科幻文學小說,寫作角度更寬廣、情節設計更富戲劇張力,角色刻劃更鮮明深刻,深化的史詩格局激增故事強度,並延續系列前作中對人性的溫柔反思,道德天秤與生命哲理的探討,譜出扣人心弦、令人屏住呼吸,撼動人心的精彩傑作!?

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「超級文學驚悚鉅作!」
──《紐約時報 New York Times Book Review》

「一本無可否認令人注目激賞的佳作!一個有著巨大痛苦和難以想像的失落,恐怖的背叛以及不能置信的希望所交織而成的錯綜複雜故事.」
──《密爾沃基哨兵周刊 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel》

「本書是比第一集更加出色的續作!」
──《實話報 The Plain Dealer》

「一次無法放下中斷的閱讀經驗!」
──《舊金山紀事報San Francisco Chronicle》

「絕對吸引人!柯羅寧在這本精彩的傳說中添入令人毛骨悚然的新元素……豐富迷人,充滿感情和絕佳娛樂性」
──《聖地牙哥聯合論壇報 San Diego Union-Tribune》

「傑出優秀的說書人!」
──《美國聯合通訊社 Associated Press》

「柯羅寧是罕見能出色遊走在兩種完全不同類型小說的作者,完美融合精湛的文學技藝於扣人心弦的驚悚故事之中。」
──《福和市星電報 Fort Worth Star-Telegram》

「故事架構有別於傳統,優雅而清淡的劇情在推與拉的兩股力量間,高潮迭起,環環相扣,卻不時地將步調放慢以營造深具張力的末日場景,藉由神祕、細膩、快速跳動的文體,錯綜複雜的布局,精心拼湊出過往歷史的梗概,在作者的巧手安排下,各個軸線逐漸交會,末日景象躍然紙上。」
──Switterbug (美國亞馬遜讀者)

「以系列小說而言,接續登場的《十二》充分發揮承先啟後的功能,是我接觸過三部曲小說裡面最棒的一部,不但引入新角色和新的生存策略,在新舊人物之間的銜接也處理得很好,某些角色的發展更帶給讀者意外的驚喜。作者也在最後安排了極其駭人的驚險場面,儘管在翻閱書頁的同時忍不住指節泛白,腎上腺指數飆高,但作者高桿的收尾,一方面讓大家心情稍獲撫慰,也吊足了每個人的胃口,我一心想知道最後結局究竟為何。一般而言,系列小說的首部曲如果太過出色,續集通常難以超越,但《十二》卻成功突破這樣的困境。」
──TMStyles Vine Voice (美國亞馬遜讀者)

「張愛玲說:「時代是倉促的,已經在破壞中,還有更大的破壞要來。」柯羅寧告訴我們,面對時代這「惘惘的威脅」,總是能找到屬於我們的希望的光。在渺如長河的無限量時光裡,《末日之旅》為「歲月靜好」下了最好的注腳。」
──曲辰 (MLR推理文學研究會)

「這本科幻小說在前幾頁就讓人感到心痛不已,只花幾十頁就讓我流下淚來……能在營造孤寂、悲傷的同時又能給予光明與希望的氛圍,這種書我這輩子沒看過幾本。」
──毛毛牙 (旭日之丘部落客)

「這是一段漫長的旅程,長到要準備各種不同的情緒來感受它,負面的恐懼與絕望、孤寂與悲傷,正面的勇氣與堅持、希望與未來交錯,走過這一段,很難不被震撼與感動。」
──苦悶中年男 (部落客)

「本書在坐擁高娛樂性的設定與劇本之餘,還能保有文學筆法與敘述,成功刻畫出作者心目中的世界。雖然不臻完美,但是也無可挑剔。一切都是那麼地絕望,可是總是找得到一點希望……希望雖然宛若燭光,卻永不熄滅,在黑暗之中,踽踽獨行。」
──nornor (繁星.若塵部落客)

「在整本書讀完的現在,我仍不時想起故事中某些情節與敘述,想起那種很恬淡、單純的美……不過其實這本書裡更多的是那種遺世獨立的寧靜。並不到孤寂的程度,就只是……寂寞罷了。這是個探索與追尋的故事,在荒涼寂寥的世界裡,伴隨無盡的疑問。」
──elish (elish的蘇哈地部落客)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”

NOW A FOX TV SERIES!

NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST HORROR BOOKS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News & World Report • NPR/On Point • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • BookPage • Library Journal 

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” 

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

Look for the entire Passage trilogy:
THE PASSAGE | THE TWELVE | THE CITY OF MIRRORS

Praise for The Passage

“[A] blockbuster.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Mythic storytelling.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“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: a story about human beings trying to generate new hope in a world from which all hope has long since been burnt.”—Time

“The type of big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night.”—The Dallas Morning News

“Addictive.”—Men’s Journal

“Cronin’s unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind.”—Parade
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The end of the world was only the beginning. 

In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward . . .

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

Look for the entire Passage trilogy:
THE PASSAGE | THE TWELVE | THE CITY OF MIRRORS

Praise for The Twelve
 
“[A] literary superthriller.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“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 Twelve is even better than The Passage.”—The Plain Dealer
 
“A compulsive read.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Gripping . . . Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology. . . . Enthralling, emotional and entertaining.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“Fine storytelling.”—Associated Press
 
“Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A thrilling finale to a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”—Stephen King

You followed The Passage. You faced The Twelve. Now enter The City of Mirrors for the final reckoning. As the bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale, Justin Cronin’s band of hardened survivors await the second coming of unspeakable darkness.

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.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

Look for the entire Passage trilogy:
THE PASSAGE | THE TWELVE | THE CITY OF MIRRORS

Praise for The City of Mirrors

“Compulsively readable.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The City of Mirrors is poetry. Thrilling in every way it has to be, but poetry just the same . . . The writing is sumptuous, the language lovely, even when the action itself is dark and violent.”—The Huffington Post

“This really is the big event you’ve been waiting for . . .  A true last stand that builds and comes with a bloody, roaring payoff you won’t see coming, then builds again to the big face off you’ve been waiting for.”—NPR

“A masterpiece . . .  with The City of Mirrors, the third volume in The Passage trilogy, Justin Cronin puts paid to what may well be the finest post-apocalyptic epic in our dystopian-glutted times. A stunning achievement by virtually every measure.”—The National Post

“Justin Cronin’s Passage trilogy is remarkable for the unremitting drive of its narrative, for the breathtaking sweep of its imagined future, and for the clear lucidity of its language.”—Stephen King
With a rare combination of emotional insight, narrative power, and lyrical grace, Justin Cronin transforms the simple story of a dying man’s last wish into a rich tapestry of family love.

On an evening in late summer, the great financier Harry Wainwright, nearing the end of his life, arrives at a rustic fishing camp in a remote area of Maine. He comes bearing two things: his wish for a day of fishing in a place that has brought him solace for thirty years, and an astonishing bequest that will forever change the lives of those around him.

From the battlefields of Italy to the turbulence of the Vietnam era, to the private battles of love and family, The Summer Guest reveals the full history of this final pilgrimage and its meaning for four people: Jordan Patterson, the haunted young man who will guide Harry on his last voyage out; the camp’s owner Joe Crosby, a Vietnam draft evader who has spent a lifetime “trying to learn what it means to be brave”; Joe’s wife, Lucy, the woman Harry has loved for three decades; and Joe and Lucy’s daughter Kate—the spirited young woman who holds the key to the last unopened door to the past.

As their stories unfold, secrets are revealed, courage is tested, and the bonds of love are strengthened. And always center stage is the place itself—a magical, forgotten corner of New England where the longings of the human heart are mirrored in the wild beauty of the landscape.

Intimate, powerful, and profound, The Summer Guest reveals Justin Cronin as a storyteller of unique and marvelous talent. It is a book to treasure.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”

NOW A FOX TV SERIES!

NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST HORROR BOOKS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News & World Report • NPR/On Point • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • BookPage • Library Journal 

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” 

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

Look for the entire Passage trilogy:
THE PASSAGE | THE TWELVE | THE CITY OF MIRRORS

Praise for The Passage

“[A] blockbuster.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Mythic storytelling.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“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: a story about human beings trying to generate new hope in a world from which all hope has long since been burnt.”—Time

“The type of big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night.”—The Dallas Morning News

“Addictive.”—Men’s Journal

“Cronin’s unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind.”—Parade
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