The City of Mirrors - by Justin Cronin

My rating: 5 Stars

I have been waiting for this book to come out since The Twelve was first published. All I can say is, wow! The ending to this book will not disappoint and it was well worth the wait. The City of Mirrors starts off a few years after the remaining Twelve have been destroyed at the Homestead. We learn the fate of Amy and continue to follow the lives of Peter, Sara, Hollis, Michael and Alicia. All seems well (doesn't it always?) and communities are growing and people are living outside the protection of their walls and lights. But Zero is still out there. He's been hiding out in New York City. We learn more about Zero (a lot more) and what happened to him since the outbreak and about the life of Fanning before the outbreak. A final battle is brewing. Will humanity continue to survive and thrive or will Zero be their demise?

Like The Passage and The Twelve, The City of Mirrors is long but I was so enthralled with the story that I didn't notice. There is also a long list characters, many are familiar and many are new. I know many people were not happy with all the new characters in The Twelve but this time around they are easier to keep track of and it won't be as confusing. There are still a lot of surprises in store. I am not going to lie, some people might want to keep some tissue close by (there were a few sad moments but I managed keep it together). Cronin does a fantastic job blending character and plot and has a way of tying everything together in each book. Even things that don't seem important, every little detail is taken care of. I like the way Cronin can use language to paint a picture that flows naturally. Justin Cronin has moved to the top of my list of favorite authors.

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors, 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 the Whiting Writers' Award. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.                


I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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