The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

Posted May 22, 2016 | 51 Comments

The City of Mirrors by Justin CroninThe City of Mirrors
Author: Justin Cronin
Series: The Passage #3
Published by: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 624
Source: Publisher

In life I was a scientist called Fanning.

Then, in a jungle in Bolivia, I died.

I died, and then I was brought back to life...

Prompted by a voice that lives in her blood, the fearsome warrior known as Alicia of Blades is drawn towards to one of the great cities of The Time Before. The ruined city of New York. Ruined but not empty. For this is the final refuge of Zero, the first and last of The Twelve. The one who must be destroyed if mankind is to have a future.

What she finds is not what she's expecting.

A journey into the past.

To find out how it all began.

And an opponent at once deadlier and more human than she could ever have imagined.

Oh man, The City of Mirrors left me feeling completely humbled and awed. I was a complete blubbering mess while reading the last section; it was like this overload of emotions. Bittersweet doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I would have never guessed how huge of an impact this trilogy would have on me when I started reading The Passage. I’m extremely glad I re-read the first two books before jumping into The City of Mirrors, though. It had been so many years, and I don’t know if this ending would have impacted me as much as it did if I hadn’t re-read them.

Cronin does a phenomenal job weaving past and present in this transgenerational tale. It all comes together in this book, and the way everything is connected is mind blowing! It’s like watching history in the making and getting to see the outcome. It truly is an epic journey from beginning to end.

The City of Mirrors is utterly breathtaking, and the characters and their fight for humanity are the heart of this compelling story. Amy, Peter, Alicia, Michael, and all the others are such amazing characters. They’re all so wonderfully fleshed out and complex. They have been through hell and back, but they never give up.

The City of Mirrors is an absolutely stunning finale to the trilogy. There’s just no way my words can come close to expressing its brilliance. This trilogy will without a doubt always stay with me.

I seriously can’t believe it’s over. I remember threatening to Justin Cronin after reading The Twelve, that I was going to haunt him if I died before this book was released. Happy to say that I’m still alive 3.5 years later, and Cronin is safe from my cold spots.

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51 responses to “The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

    • Christy
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      I’m SO glad you decided to read these, because I doubt I would’ve reread them if I hadn’t read them with you.

    • Christy
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      The blubbering mess, I’m sure, was all me. I’m a weird-o like that. lol. You should definitely read it!

    • Christy
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      There are parts, especially in the beginning that might need to be pushed through, but it is the BEST reward.

    • Christy
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      What?! You haven’t heard of this series? You have GOT to read it. Vampires, woman, there’s vampires! lol.

  1. Okay, clearly I’m hugely late to the party for this series and I need to remedy that asap! You, Ali and Kim are all raving about this one, and I’m over here all out of the loop like with The Others series. UNACCEPTABLE CHRISTY!! I feel like I’m going to need to take off work one day and just binge read:)
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  2. Lola
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    I enjoy a good bittersweet book now and then, not many books out there who evoke that feeling. I rarely re-read books, but sometimes it’s really worth it to re-read the previous books when a new book gets released. That’s interesting how you see history in the making and see how things work out in the future. And it’s so satisfying when a series you love has a good ending.
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  3. I’ve waited so long to read these books and I can’t even tell you why, except that so much love for it from most of my friends is somewhat intimidating. I will be reading it soon, though. I am throughly convinced. Wonderful review!

  4. It took 3.5 years for the book to come out?! No wonder you were antsy lol. But I’m glad it was worth it! It sounds like you really did love it. It’s great when a series can have that much of an emotional impact on you and when it’s the kind of series that will stay with you forever. I don’t know if I’ve actually heard of this series or not, but I’ll check out the first book 🙂
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    • Christy
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      Omg, Jeann! No nono, you don’t understand, you HAVE to continue, because if anything, BECAUSE of the twist. If it’s the one I’m thinking of… with Wolgast the agent that helped Amy? Good Lord, you don’t understand how badly you need to continue. lol- I’m being dramatic, but I’m telling you … you REALLY need to see it through to the very end.

  5. I bought the first book in the series not too long ago actually, but wasn’t aware that the entire series is now out. It definitely sounds like one you need to binge read and can’t wait to get stuck into it. I’ve noticed my tastes in books lately is changing and I’m looking for books with more substance and this sounds perfect. Wonderful review Christy, hopefully I enjoy it as much as you have <3
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    • Christy
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      I know, right? It’s so hard to even describe how awesome this trilogy is.

      I don’t know, I would imagine so. If he writes something else in this world, it’ll probably be out in 10 years. lol. It would be cool to get a book for Michael and see what ever happened to him.

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