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The City of Mirrors (Hardcover)
"Greer drew a long breath and let the air out slowly. ‘I know the virals are coming back, Michael,' he said, 'because Amy told me.'"
At the end of his second book, it looked like Justin Cronin had boxed himself in. It looked like everything had been resolved. But of course that couldn't be the case, and not just because these books have been billed as a trilogy. There were just too many loose ends. The City of Mirrors brings us the final conflict, because The Twelve weren't the source of the viral infection, just the results. Now Amy has to confront the one who is at the heart of it all, the Zero, the Destroyer. Timothy J. Fanning.
Justin Cronin has created something that will go down as a classic, epic story. It's not just a military story gone wrong or urban fantasy, but a deep and complex world very much grounded in our reality, filled with ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Granted, not everyone in these books is ordinary, but they all started that way, and in The City of Mirrors, Justin Cronin brings is incredible talent to bear, letting us see that even the darkest of the dark can have bright moments, and that all the good intentions in the world can be thwarted by random, unforeseeable acts.
At it's heart, though, The City of Mirrors - and indeed the whole trilogy - is about love and family. Make no mistake, there's action galore and violence is the order of the day, but at the end, protecting those you love, your family of the heart, and avenging them if need be, are what drives this story, and Justin Cronin delivers.
In fact, the end of the book left me wanting to go back and read the whole trilogy all over again. There will never be another story like the one of Amy NLN (no last name).— Fran
#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
About the Author
Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, Mary and O Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writers Award. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts."