The Book List #41

The Book List #41

The Passage by Justin Cronin
year: 2010 | pages: 963 | rating: 3/5

The Passage is an apocalyptic tale of a catastrophic virus that plunges the world as we know into a dark, violent, and desperate place. A government experiment goes wrong resulting in disastrous consequences resulting in the collapse of society.

Initially I really enjoyed reading this book, the first couple of hundred pages where we are introduced to a small girl Amy, who is abandoned by her mother, stolen by the FBI, and then kept safe by a man named Wolgast, was intensely gripping. The Passage retells the familiar story of an apocalyptic future brought on by a terrible virus in a whole new way - it very much reminded me of The Stand by Stephen King. The book turns in another direction, in another place of another time and it becomes so much less interesting. The story itself is pretty good but the 900+ pages felt laborious and I doubt I will continue reading the series.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
year: 1988| pages: 258 | rating: 3/5

The Remains of the Day centres around Stevens, a butler at Darlington Hall, who takes a six-day motoring trip through the West Country. The story evolves into one of unrealised love, the world wars, and a fascist past. Tinged with sadness and a little humour, The Remains of the Day is a genteel book on the condition of modern man during a time of change. Stevens is a fantastic character and while I really felt for him, the story itself was so genteel it became a little bland.

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
year: 2007 | pages: 387 | rating: 3/5

Funny, relatable, and an enjoyable read overall, Then We Came to the End is the book for anyone who has ever worked in a contemporary office. Joshua Ferris describes exactly what it is about workplaces that make them so deplorable and turns them into something to be laughed at, frustrated by, and heartbroken over except he does it in a way that is incredibly enjoyable.