Reviews for The city of mirrors : a novel

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Since The Twelve (2011) ended with a heck of a cliff-hanger, fans will rejoice as Cronin returns with the final installment in his best-selling postapocalyptic trilogy. The action picks up 98 years after the destruction of society, soon after the showdown in Iowa, where the original virals and their spawned armies were destroyed. Humanity has settled into a calm normalcy that no one alive has ever experienced, and the new generation is entering adulthood without the constant fear of attack. But while the walls are coming down and people are beginning to populate new settlements, Patient Zero is secretly readying for an attack to destroy humanity once and for all. The bleak atmosphere, nerve-racking tension, twisting plot, and intense battle scenes keep the pages turning, as in the first two books, but this final novel also adds a saga-like quality to the entire trilogy. Readers of the series will be satisfied with the conclusion, appreciating not only the resolution of the conflict but also the explanation of how humanity rose from the ashes to prosper again (which readers had previously seen in fleeting glimpses).--Spratford, Becky Copyright 2016 Booklist

Publishers Weekly
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This conclusion to bestseller Cronin's apocalyptic thriller trilogy ends with all of the heartbreak, joy, and unexpected twists of fate that events in The Passage and The Twelve foreordained. It's nearly a century after the release of the Easter Virus that decimated humanity and several years since the last of the infected people known as virals were seen. The citizens of Kerrville, Tex., one of the last human enclaves, are just beginning to feel confident enough to settle outside the borders of their protected community. But when pets, and then people, begin disappearing mysteriously, it becomes horrifyingly evident that virals are on the rampage again-and that this time there may be no stopping them. As in the two previous novels, Cronin skillfully manages a large cast of characters, all of whom he has endowed with fully developed personalities that engage the reader emotionally. Although its plot is understandably heavily dependent on events in the first two books, this novel is a superb capstone to a modern horror thriller epic. 15-city author tour. Agent: Ellen Levine, Trident Media Group. (May) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Readers who have been patiently awaiting the conclusion to Cronin's sweeping post-apocalyptic trilogy (The Passage; The Twelve) are richly rewarded with this epic, heart-wrenching novel. The story picks up several years after the destruction of the Homeland and the evacuation of many of its citizens to Texas. With 11 of the 12 virals destroyed, a period of relative peace has settled on the landscape. Yet the remaining viral, Zero, still haunts the ruins of New York City, preparing for his final standoff with humankind. Of the believable and endearing characters the author created through three books, Amy, the Girl from Nowhere, as well as Peter, Michael, and -Alicia, are all back for the finale. The story really shines when -Cronin takes readers back to the beginning, before the virus reshaped the world, and explores the bonds among a trio of -Harvard University undergrads that would ultimately lead to a global pandemic. VERDICT Not only does this title bring the series to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion, but it also exhibits Cronin's moving exploration of love as both a destructive force and an elemental need, elevating this work among its dystopian peers. Bound to be in heavy demand by trilogy fans as well as those who appreciate Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Dean Koontz. [15-city tour.]-Amy Hoseth, Colorado State Univ. Lib., Fort Collins Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.