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THE CITY OF MIRRORS by JUSTIN CRONIN
"Tell me your story, Amy."
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Wow. I love this trilogy to no end. The first book, The Passage, was such an amazing story. Then the second book, The Twelve, I was slightly disappointed with in regards to buildup and lack of payoff of the 12 Virals, but I came to realize in this final book it made sense. I was also thrown at first because this one has almost a third of the novel take place in a single character's backstory. I didn't think I'd like the approach, but then I found it was perfectly set up just as it needed to be.
As this third book reaches its end, the reader is forced to say goodbye to these characters that made such an impact. Even the main villain, who I thought at first to have an insignificant resolution, later turned into a beautiful, poetic end. Justin Cronin wrote some fantastic characters here, both the good and the bad, and there are few story endings that bring out THAT reaction in me. This is one of them.
Goodbye Peter. Goodbye Sarah. Goodbye Alicia. Goodbye Anthony. Goodbye Michael. Goodbye Lucius.
And, most of all, goodbye to the Girl From Nowhere. Goodbye Amy, and thank you.
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