The Ferryman: A Novel

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21 reviews

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Next to impossible to put down . . . exciting, mysterious, and totally satisfying.”—STEPHEN KING
From the author of The Passage comes a riveting standalone novel about a group of survivors on a hidden island utopia—where the truth isn’t what it seems.


The islands of Prospera lie in a vast ocean, in splendid isolation from the rest of humanity—or whatever remains of it.

Citizens of the main island enjoy privileged lives. They are attended to by support staff who live on a cramped neighboring island, where whispers of revolt are brewing—but for the Prosperans, life is perfection. And when the end of life approaches, they’re sent to a mysterious third island, where their bodies are refreshed, their memories are wiped away, and they return to start life anew.

Proctor Bennett is a ferryman, whose job it is to enforce the retirement process when necessary. He never questions his work, until the day he receives a cryptic message:

“The world is not the world.”

These simple words unlock something he has secretly suspected. They seep into strange dreams of the stars and the sea. They give him the unshakable feeling that someone is trying to tell him something important.

Something no one could possibly imagine, something that could change the fate of humanity itself.

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21 reviews
Patricia White
May 2, 2023
This story is out of this world crazy. I went through most of the book thinking I knew what was going on only to find out how wrong I was. “It was just so lovely. Like . . . drifting in a sea of stars.” She looked back at me again. “Please don’t be mad. You’re not mad at me, are you?” The book revolves around Proctor. The dream was dissolving around us; my breath had all but stopped. I hardly minded. It seemed fitting, as did the final I don’t even know how to put what I read into words so I
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mark paulick
July 24, 2023
Got confused for a while, during the transition. It evens out, sinks in and ends in a very lovely, memorable manner. Well done, Mr. Cronin.
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Nicole Dunton
May 17, 2023
Really enjoyed this book! Can't wait to read others by this author!
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About the author

Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors, The Summer Guest, and Mary and O’Neil. His work has been published in over forty-five languages and has sold more than three million copies worldwide. A writer in residence at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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