It’s been a while, but I’m back for another Fellowship of the Worms book discussion, hosted by Katie at Words for Worms. This month’s book, suitable for getting into the Halloween spirit, is The Passage.
I’ve read this book twice, though not all that recently, so I may not have much to say on all the questions. Once again, I’ll be picking and choosing the ones that jump out at me.
If you want to play along, or pencil in next month’s discussion (Rebecca), head over to Words for Worms.
This book discussion WILL include spoilers.
1. Did anybody else find the beginning section of this book a little hard to follow/get invested in?
I was actually more invested in the beginning than in the rest of the book. I was all about little Amy and her pursuer-turned-guardian, and seeing how the virals were created… it was after the big time jump that I found the book harder to get into.
2. What did you think of the vampires? How did they live up to your horrific expectations? What about the psychic/telepathic/dream stuff?
I’ve never really been into supernatural creatures – vampires, zombies, werewolves… I could take them or leave them. So I didn’t really have much in the way of expectations. I did really like that they weren’t actually supernatural, that there was a completely scientific explanation for them. I know a lot of people don’t like that and think mysterious things should just stay mysterious, but personally I love taking things that aren’t real and making them real, so to speak.
3. Was anybody else jarred by the time jump and the introduction of the colony? Were you able to connect with the colony characters as well as you connected with characters from the first portion of the book?
Okay, I guess I already answered this. I honestly never really connected to this story the way I did to the beginning. It was good enough, kept me moderately entertained, and made me want to continue the series… but it was just never really the same after that time jump. Also, Katie mentioned in her answers the thousand-years-in-the-future “jump” as well… I do wonder, is this just a framing device? Or will we learn in the end anything about these people? Why are they holding this conference? What’s the world like at that time? We may never find out, but I can’t help being curious.
5. Were you engaged enough in The Passage to move on and read The Twelve? What did you make of the fact that Sara’s journal was located in the aftermath of the “massacre?” Are you holding out hope that Sara and the gang survived and that we’ll see them in the sequel or have you given them up for dead?
I loved this! I’m a reader who can get pretty irritated at cliffhangers if they’re not done right, but this one I thought was perfect for a couple of reasons. First, and most important, this book did have its own conclusion. Obviously there’s more story to come, but this book was brought to a satisfying close before leaving that thread hanging. The other thing is how subtle it was… how out-of-nowhere it was… how there’s no context to it beyond Sara’s final comments and the fact of where the book was found… I just love the way that it’s done. The first time I read it I was completely blown away.
I’ve already read The Twelve. I don’t remember a ton of details, though; I’ll have to re-read both books again when the final one comes out… hopefully next year!
So, if you’ve read this far I’ll assume that you’ve read The Passage… what did you think of it? Have you read The Twelve? Are you anticipating The City of Mirrors?