It's been billed as one of the hottest books of the summer, drawing the attention of everyone from Stephen King to the New York Times. The wildly popular novel— part of a vampire series—is already being developed into a major motion picture.
And that's where the similarities between Twilight and The Passage end.
Written by Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Justin Cronin, 89MFA, The Passage chronicles the aftermath of a government project to create the perfect soldier that goes terribly wrong.
With much of the world's population infected by a virus that transforms people into vampires, this post-apocalyptic epic adventure explores questions of what makes us human. Cronin, an associate English professor at Rice University in Houston, stopped by Prairie Lights this past June as part of a 20-city international tour. To see a video of his reading, go to the UI's Writing University website at www.writinguniversity.org. For more on the book and its author, visit www.enterthepassage.com.