Post-apocalyptic novels are hot right now.
Some of these books make me think, "Wow, this is fun. Glad it could totally never happen."
Some of these books make me think, "Ooh depressing. I hope I'm not around if this ever happens."
Then there's The Passage by Justin Cronin. This book made me want to buy a shotgun, hoard water, and start digging an underground shelter.
The story starts about five years in the future, in a crappier but predictable version of the U.S. A grieving scientist has discovered a unique virus in the South American rain forest. This virus can cure cancer and reverses the aging process, along with some other side-effects that the military will kill to get its hands on.
The virus is brought back to a secret compound hidden in the Colorado rockies. The virus is tested on those who society won't miss, death-row inmates.
It's Brad Wolgast's job to find the inmates, get them to sign their lives away, and bring them back to Colorado. He's pretty much ok with this until he's asked to bring in Amy, a six-year-old girl.
Of course, something goes wrong and the infected inmates escape. The virus and its violence spread rapidly across the U.S. Amy may be humanity's only hope.
OK Junkies, I'll stop myself because I really don't want to spoil anything.
But you must read this book. I know, it's like 800 pages and you could probably throw your back out from carrying it around. But it's so worth it.
Did I mention it's jam-packed with bad-ass heroines?
There's Alicia, the ruthless fighter who kicks viral ass better than anyone.
There's Sara, the strong nurse who never flinches away from death.
There's Mausami, willing to risk everything for the man she loves.
There's Sister Lacy, willing to die for her cause.
And of course, there's Amy.
Read The Passage and stop by to tell me what you think.
Oh, for those of you who've already read it, check out this site with Blair Witch type videos.