Although there were some elements that I liked about The Passage, this novel was flawed in so many ways. For starters, this novel is way overwritten. It’s 766 pages that could be cut in half. There are entire pages that could be chopped, and it would make this a better read. The editor should have taken a hatchet to this novel. The novel lacks in believability, and that has nothing to do with the sci-fi/supernatural elements of it. It’s the parts that are grounded in the real world that lack believability. And then there are the characters. Oh, there are a great many of them, but only maybe two or three are remotely memorable. The rest are drab and lifeless and don’t come off the page.
I got through the first part of this novel, and it wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t particularly good either. When I realized that the novel had fast-forwarded into the future, and I had over 400 pages of reading all-new characters, I just couldn’t get myself to read the rest of it. I gave it a shot, but it felt more like a chore than entertaining. After about fifty to a hundred pages of the second part, I raised the white flag and surrendered. This was just not compelling enough to keep going forward.