The City of Mirrors

The City of Mirrors

A Novel

Book - 2016
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#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.

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

"Superb . . . This conclusion to bestseller Cronin's apocalyptic thriller trilogy ends with all of the heartbreak, joy, and unexpected twists of fate that events in The Passage and The Twelve foreordained." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Readers who have been patiently awaiting the conclusion to Cronin's sweeping postapocalyptic trilogy are richly rewarded with this epic, heart-wrenching novel. . . . Not only does this title bring the series to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion, but it also exhibits Cronin's moving exploration of love as both a destructive force and an elemental need, elevating this work among its dystopian peers." -- Library Journal (starred review)

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
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345505002
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xvii, 602 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.


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Apr 14, 2017

“All things passed away. Even the earth itself, the sky and the river and the stars he loved, would, one day, come to the end of their existence. But it was not a thing to be feared; such was the bittersweet beauty of life."

Apr 14, 2017

“What is home but a place where you are truly known?”

Apr 14, 2017

“For the first time in my life, I felt the pain of missing people I had not yet left.”

Apr 14, 2017

“Maybe just being alive, and having someone to love who loved you back, was enough.”

Apr 14, 2017

“There was, Alicia realized, a single hour that all the days since your birth pointed you toward. What you thought was a maze of choices, all the possibilities of what your life might become, was, in fact, a series of steps you took along a road, and when you reached your destination and looked back, only one path—the one chosen for you—was visible.”

Apr 14, 2017

“Behind every great hatred is a love story.”

Apr 14, 2017

“We have mortgaged the planet and spent the cash on trifles.”

Apr 14, 2017

“I have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.' That's T.S. Eliot, in case you were wondering. An oldie but a goodie. When it came to existential exhaustion, the man was one smart cookie.”

Apr 14, 2017

“The heart, once broken, stayed broken.”

Apr 14, 2017

“A lot of life, Michael had learned, came down to trying to fix things that weren’t fixable.”

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Jul 05, 2017

The thrilling conclusion to Justin Cronin's AWESOME "Passage" trilogy.

Like JDM's Travis MaGee series, this trilogy illustrates the heights to which genre fiction can ascend in the hands of a Master Craftsman.

Mar 09, 2017

Great end to the far my favorite book of the three.

Feb 17, 2017

The Passage trilogy, hands down, will become known as one of the best Fantasy and Science-Fiction series of all time. I feel it in my bones and I declare it so.
Anyway, we pick up from where The Twelve left off- the Virals and the Twelve are gone except for the man who started it all- Zero. Quietly he waits, for decades even, for his perfect moment to strike.

What I loved so much about this conclusion was how everything just came together in such a beautiful way; I still have questions, but that is okay. There’s minor questions that are still in brewing in the back of my mind, but I like them being unknown in a weird way.
Overall I have so much to say and at the same time so little to say because it is just a magnificent, one-of-a-kind and genuinely original tale of a Girl from Nowhere who will save mankind from its own demise. Justin Cronin's writing is so beautiful and elegant with the perfect amount of grit, emotion, action, and brooding that I feel as if I truly know these characters who I have spent a year with (I read The Passage and The Twelve last June 2015).
Now let’s get poppin’on that script, Cronin!

Nov 03, 2016

I read this because I read the first two in the series and I had to know how things ended. I'm not generally a horror fan, and this book is like the other three in that it has the features that drive me away from that genre: detailed and gruesome depiction of horrible killings, dwelling on horrible outcomes, and killing off everybody remotely likeable. Still, a good read.

Jul 12, 2016

Good wrapping-up of the this post-apocalypstic story. But the first two books were better. A little too much detail in the third book. I agree with other reviewer that editing out 100 pages would have improved the pace and not robbed the reader of the necessary detail. I found it a bit of a slog and was able to put it down often . Mostly to gather strength and push to the end.

Jun 19, 2016

What an absolutely beautiful end to the trilogy. I am sure there has never been a more well written vampire apocalypse love story. Anne Rice may have sufficed my young lust but as almost mature, barely straight adult I'll take Justin Cronin. It was the kind of novel that I did not want the story to ever end and if not for Cymbalta I would have been weeping in several parts. But since I'm in the grip of Big Pharma tears won't come unless I forget to dose myself with "Prozium" for a few days then I cry like I'm watching Steel Magnolias for the first time while reading Gloria Steinem.

jesking Jun 06, 2016

Not bad. I enjoy the characters Cronin created in this series. There is a final fight scene in this novel that is written with an amazing amount of skill - you read it on the edge of your seat - the movement is just brilliant. Was slightly disappointed with the ending and its open endedness - even in a series I want each book to have a clean ending. Also, could easily have edited out about 100 pages of "you already said that." I sound gripey here but it is a good book. I just feel like it could have been better - especially given Cronin's expert story telling skill.


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