Teaser Tuesday – 14th June, 2016



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:
The City of Mirrors – Book 3 of The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin
24%: We followed him inside. We were in an empty foyer, the floor painted in thecityofmirrorsalternating black and white squares, like a chessboard. I did not feel as if I were going to a party – parachuting at night into an alien country was more like it.

BLURB: “The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?”

The Twelve have been destroyed and the 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.

I’m finding this one easier to get into than The Passage, but that’s probably because I’ve just finished the first book in the series, so am very familiar with the characters and storyline. Interestingly, this extract is a slice from a protracted flashback, providing a lot of extra detail about the major antagonist. Once again, I’m struck by the quality of the writing. I shall be reviewing this book sometime during the next week, as it is a NetGalley arc, due to be released in a couple of days.

18 responses »

  1. The Passage is one of my favourite books and I’m really looking forward to reading this, got my copy preordered. 🙂 You wrote that you have started City of Mirrors after finishing The Passage, did you not read the second book in the trilogy The Twelve before starting City of Mirrors? 😊😂

  2. No! Basically, I ran out of time. I like to release reviews on or around the publication date with NetGalley arcs – but I hadn’t banked on taking a WEEK to read The Passage. As it is, I have a sense of what went down in The Twelve – at least sufficiently so that I can do justice to The City of Mirrors, although I realise it’s not an ideal state of affairs…

      • So I discovered – it was a pain to read in bed, being so heavy! There is a brief rundown of what happened in The Twelve at the start of The City of Mirrors, so as we pick up with the main characters, we have an idea of what has happened to them. So far, I like The City of Mirrors every bit as much as The Passage.

    • Thank you for swinging by – yes, it is a really good book. But my firm advice would be to read at least ONE of the others in the trilogy, otherwise I think you’d flounder.

      • You’re right – although as someone who has a very bad habit of crashing into the middle of series, I’m often struck at how often it is fairly easy to pick up what is going on. But you’re right, it can be miserable if you spend a quarter of the book floundering in a sea of confusion because you cannot work out why whatsit is doing whatever to whom…

    • It’s actually available to buy on 16th June, so you’ve got just a couple of days to wait. But I’m very much enjoying it and it certainly takes all the main characters that appeared in The Passage and continues with their story.

  3. I am looking forward to reading this series. I am glad you are finding this one easier to read. Do you think you’ll go back and read the Twelve when you’re done? I’d be curious to know if they stand well alone.

    • The honest answer? I’m not sure… Nothing wrong with the quality of the writing or storytelling – it’s all awesome. But apocalyptic anything is generally a sub-genre I tend to avoid and it’s a testament to the sheer excellence of the writing that I was prepared to hang in there for the duration of this really hefty book. I’m not writing at the moment and I dream far more vividly and disturbingly when I don’t! But when I’m writing again, I may well go back the read The Twelve. And no, this is one where I really think you need to read The Passage to make sense of the other two, as the story flows on very smoothly from events covered in the first book.

    • Oh yes! It’s a trilogy and well worth reading, particularly you like apocalyptic sci fi. And Cronin is an amazing author who has taken the genre and given it a good old shake by the scruff of the neck…

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