They were last seen by Europeans in Baffin Bay, off the coast of Greenland. Then both ships disappeared, seemingly swallowed by the ice and never heard from again, at least not from the explorers themselves. Those looking for the true story, however, have almost always had access to one primary source: Inuit oral histories, more specifically the accounts of the Netsilik Inuit. The Inuit told Rae stories of meeting starving men, and gave him relics of the Franklin Expedition to back up their story.
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In British lore, Franklin and his crew became martyrs to science, good Christian men who suffered a cruel fate at the hands of Mother Nature. Later historians framed Franklin as a hubristic imperialist, and more recently the Canadian government has used Franklin as an argument for Arctic sovereignty. Inuit stories were marginalized time and time again, until the ships were found in and by a coalition that included archaeologists and local historian Louie Kamookak, an expert in Netsilik oral history of the expedition.
More recent interpretations of the Franklin expedition have included the Inuit, with a planned interpretive center in Gjoa Haven and a government contract out to record oral histories about the expedition. In this new series that attempts its own interpretation of the doomed expedition, the showrunners are also striving to make the Inuit portions of the show as real—or realer—than the English ones and respect the Netsilik Inuit who met Franklin and passed down their stories.
The communities around Gjoa Haven, including Cambridge Bay where the regional heritage center is located, have been eagerly anticipating the show and following it, says Pamela Gross, the executive director of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society. Inuk actor Johnny Issaluk, portraying a Netsilik hunter, opens the series, speaking Inuktitut to a British officer four years after the expedition. Gross is also a member of the Inuit Heritage Counsel, which the producers consulted.
But to arrive at this place, the producers had to walk a delicate line. Costumer Annie Symon says in an interview the prop went through a number of versions, with the crew trying to make something that was both visually striking onscreen and that reflected the source material.
But is close enough good enough? When she came the show, she told CBC, "I didn't know the English part of it, so it was interesting that Franklin was a wealthy man out on an adventure and a prestigious expedition and then how horribly it ended. It took them months of searching to find and cast Nielsen, who was among the last principal characters to be cast. In the show, Lady Silence has her own narrative and her own concerns. Nielsen learned the correct ways of speaking in the Netsilik dialect by listening and imitating—something Gross said is important to being authentic, since dialect is very regional.
The producers hired Attima and Elizabeth Hadlari , translators who work in Cambridge Bay, to translate the dialogue, and relied on their Inuktitut-speaking actors to make sure phrases sounded less formal than the legal documents the Hadlaris frequently work on.
The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate. Thrilling in every way it has to be, but poetry just the same. The writing is sumptuous, the language lovely, even when the action itself is dark and violent. A stunning achievement by virtually every measure.
In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward.
In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.
A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival. Now…Its time. And here we are now then. Its time. The City of Mirrors completes this story, we will have to say goodbye to Amy and Sarah and Peter and Alicia and oh all of them too many to mention, including every one of The Twelve,those stunningly layered and well drawn characters who have captured our imagination, made us root for them, had us holding our breath, or hiding under the duvet or upon reading a particuarly thrilling moment clutching our heads in dismay and concern.
The relationships created and lost, the world they live in an ever changing landscape, so intimately imagined you live there with them, time lost, time gained, the whole wonderful, creative, genuinely absorbing, intensely insane reading MADNESS of it, it is done. And done in such a way that you will absolutely never forget it. This trilogy I will read again, start to finish, many times. Many many times. Be prepared. Expect the unexpected. It will still surprise you. Everything you have read before within this story you will look at very differently when you have finished City of Mirrors.
I cannot imagine that it could be better. Every chronically impatient moment of it. Ok so I havent been that practical. Not for one moment. And Died in it. Then lived in it once more. Every page. Every word. That is what reading is about. Isnt it? Do I need to say Highly Recommended? You know the score. Justin Cronin I thank you. And as for Amy, the Girl from Nowhere — I have no words. View all 3 comments. It is fitting that Justin Cronin calls it The City of Mirrors , for the concluding volume of The Passage trilogy is very much an act of smoke and mirrors. This is because the story essentially culminated at the end of the last one, with the destruction of The Twelve and the disappearance of Amy.
Therefore I was quite curious to see what type of rabbit Cronin would pull out of the hat with the conclusion.
Some of it is predictable, such as revisiting earlier events — a particular standout set-piece It is fitting that Justin Cronin calls it The City of Mirrors , for the concluding volume of The Passage trilogy is very much an act of smoke and mirrors. Some of it is predictable, such as revisiting earlier events — a particular standout set-piece in this regard is the back story of Zero and the discovery of the virus.
Now that is a true sequel. What I particularly liked is how Cronin broadens both his vision and story here, to answer two particular questions nagging readers since book one: what happened to the rest of America, and indeed the rest of the world? The answers are unexpected and thrilling, culminating in both a nail-biting ending and an elegiac coda that provides an extraordinary meditation on the meaning of love and history. Jun 19, Kerri rated it it was amazing. I have made all three books last as long as I possibly could almost five months , while still actually reading them!
Last night our power was out for routine maintenance, so from 10 pm I sat with a tiny torch and committed to reading the final pages -- for all my intentions of making it last, I just needed to know what happened! After about an hour I switched to the torch that is built into my phone. Candlelight would been more aesthetically pleasing, but I worked with what I had. At 1am the power returned and I was closing in on the end. I read at a slower pace than usual because so much was happening- sometimes I had to take breaks and have a little cry before carrying on!
Actually not sometimes - frequently! And then I was done. And I miss the books already. I think the entire trilogy was perfect. I won't detail plot, since it's the third book and I wouldn't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read the first two. All I feel comfortable saying is that I love Amy so much! And Alicia. And Peter. I truly love them all.
I could list everyone but I won't! This was such an epic story that I absolutely adored. I look forward to rereading it in the future. I think Cronin lost my interest. I don't really want to go back and reread. It's just been way too long. I can't even. It's LATE too. It's only days away!!! Ready to see some Vamps eat it It's and a date should be set for release, like, now! Jul 11, Mizuki rated it did not like it. My thoughts when reading this book: 1. Seriously, stupid humans need to die! I'm seriously, they are so stupid, they deserve it.
I am so fucking done with this series and this mother fucking male author. I know this mother fucker person is most likely pro-life but I'm sorry, a woman loving her rapist's baby is so crossing the fucking line. How insulting can this get? Nap I'm seriously, they didn't even try. I'm so done. I guess Cronin's daughter should have written a story about a girl saving the world herself instead of relying on her old man! Motto: Like most things in life, womenfolks should depend on themselves to get the job done instead of waiting for the menfolks to do the hard labor for them.
Mind you, he talks at great length about a bunch of city life details e. And I worked up to a real rage fit when I read to the part that Zero decided every single human on Earth should die just because his sort-of girlfriend winded up dead due to illness! Fuck off you bastard! Countless people lost the love of their lives one way or the other but none of them become so selfish and fucked up that he would doom the entire human race! The ending Not to mention, people from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Southern America just aren't special or smart enough to have their own survivors.
Final words: I don't mean to say this book is all-bad, at the very least it is entirely readable and entertaining as long as you can swallow all your disbelief. View all 9 comments. Apr 16, Stjepan Cobets rated it it was amazing Shelves: apocalyptic-post-apocalyptic , dystopia , horror. My rating 4. He honestly blurted me out of the null figure because so much of description that it seemed to me too exaggerated at times. By me the writer could shorten the book for at least one hundred pages, but who am I to touch his writing style.
But the story is still very well elaborated; the story takes us back and leads through the Viral wo My rating 4. But the story is still very well elaborated; the story takes us back and leads through the Viral world where people are powerless to resist this mighty force. All in all a solid ending of the series, all fans of the series will not be disappointed, because this is a very good book.
It would recommend a whole series to horror lovers, the post-apocalyptic world, and the vampire. Frankly, the whole series is a complex story and you must love characters who survive in a world where life does not mean anything. Throughout the whole series, the question of survival is in the impossible conditions. Jun 02, Ferdy rated it it was ok Shelves: ugh , wtf , vampires , wtfery , apocalypse , boring , kill-me , too-fucking-long , post-apocalyptic. So much for the author saying he wanted to write a story about a girl saving the world because he completely missed the mark with Amy.
The other female characters weren't much better, they were all useless or insufferable. What happened to Alicia's character? Her only purpose was to give birth and listen to the bad guy's back story and that was it. Even when she had loads of information about Fannin 1. What a waste of a decent character. Not being able to be with his kind of girlfriend wasn't a good enough excuse to commit genocide, even worse than that after committing genocide he acted like he was hard done by.
His backstory wasn't tragic as much as the author wanted us to believe it was , it was pathetic, and compared to most people's tragedies his was nothing, he lived a charmed life in comparison. Even Alicia who went through real trauma felt sorry for him and his silly problems. So yea, I wasn't buying into his oh so tragic life or the utterly lame reason for his maniacal ways.
Also, Fanning's 'love' for his college girlfriend of sorts couldn't have been all that epic when he was happily shagging around with students half his age. Why didn't Michael or Greer warn everyone about the virals not being gone from the world? They had twenty years to do it. If they had warned people they could have been more careful and prepared, way more people could have survived if they'd been given warning.
Why in the bloody fuck did Fanning getting a happy ending? He was responsible for destroying the world and killing billions all because he couldn't handle his moronic love life. Him getting to be all loving and happy at the end with his girlfriend was ridiculous. Peter was the ultimate Gary Stu, literally every character loved him, no matter what he did. Even when he came up with the stupid, suicidal plan at the end that resulted in most of the population dying he was still beloved by all.
Most annoying was how holier than thou and self righteous he was, especially with Alicia, she should have told him how terrible he was but instead she like everyone else just sucked up to him. I still wasn't buying the crappy love story with Peter and Amy. Peter's constant whining about how much he missed and loved Amy was as dumb as Fanning's whining about his true love, as Peter was also happily shagging around and developing feelings for other women. For so much of the story to be based upon the two supposedly poignant epic love stories they could have at least had the male characters be faithful, maybe then the so called huge feelings they had would be that little bit more convincing.
How convenient that Peter's crappy decision making led to about or so people surviving when Michael's life saving boat could only hold about people. Worked out perfectly. What was with the mystical powers that random characters got? Pim and Greer with their visions of the future, and Peter transporting to another place in his dreams?
I can't recall any of the human characters before being able to do things like that. As if only a few Americans survived the end of world, the rest of the world apparently wasn't clever enough or special enough or lucky enough to have their own survivors. Yea, right. I was so excited when I was approved for the ARC of this book! But now some time has gone by and the long and short of it is I just don't care anymore. My apologies to NetGalley and to the publisher. View all 19 comments. Mar 17, Kathleen QueenKatieMae rated it it was amazing Shelves: dystopia , emotional-experience , yessssssss , got-an-arc , more-twists-than-your-intestines , pre-ordered , treeware , beautiful-prose , made-me-cry , sad-to-see-it-come-to-an-end.
The last in an incredible trilogy, The City of Mirrors reads like the complex and beautifully written novel that it is—only it is about a mutant virus gone horribly wrong that leaves the world almost bereft of humans. Who would think a novel with such gorgeous imagery and fully developed characters was about mankind trying to survive a world full of homicidal vampire-like creatures.
Because the second book, The Twelve, came out four years ago, the author has included a clever prologue that bring The last in an incredible trilogy, The City of Mirrors reads like the complex and beautifully written novel that it is—only it is about a mutant virus gone horribly wrong that leaves the world almost bereft of humans. Because the second book, The Twelve, came out four years ago, the author has included a clever prologue that brings the reader up to speed. The book then begins close to twenty years after the death of the Twelve.
No virals have been sighted since. But since the death of the Twelve, no one has seen Amy. Many see her in their dreams. Some have visions that are attributed to Amy. Most assume she died that day in the arena. Then the book takes an unusual turn in its narrative.
One of the characters hears the voice of Zero, the first patient who contracted the virus that destroyed the world, and finds he lives in Grand Central Station. We are then brought back in time and find out how biochemical genius, Tim Fanning, became patient Zero. About halfway through the book, you will learn what happened to them and why it took forty years for them to come back.
The solution to save the remaining humans, using a story straight from the bible, is also ingenious. And Amy. Each ends their story in a way that makes sense for their character, as it should. Her story comes full circle and is beautiful. While I loved this book, the last chapter of the epilogue is long and drawn-out and, to me, not necessary. A beautiful piece of literary fiction, The City of Mirrors is amazing, complex, well written, and the characters will stick with the reader for days. I even found myself rereading parts of it just for the writing.
Justin Cronin has a gift and I will wait for his next book, horror story or not, because I know it will be a masterpiece. View 2 comments. Sep 12, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: horror , he-wrote-it , memorable-characters , science-fiction , post-apocalyptic , page-turner. Part II reviews the trilogy as a whole. Part I Series authors take note: this is how you write a finale. The City of Mirrors not only ties up the trilogy well but brings it beautifully full circle.
Cronin connected the third book to the other two with enough references and familiar characters but made it distinct enough that nothing feels repetitious. Twists and surprises abound; leaps in time work well, never feeling jarring; no new characters are extraneous. The City of Mirrors is more unlike than like The Twelve , though the writing is just as sharp.
Cronin is the kind of author who thoughtfully selects words without overdoing it. What makes The City of Mirrors stand out from The Passage and The Twelve --and makes it a vital installment--is its villain, lovingly crafted and one of the most well-realized characters across all three books. This is a lengthy chapter that somehow feels way too short. Descriptions of the outdoors and cityscapes in particular are excessive. It seems clear the trilogy is over. The City of Mirrors is stupendous, a nearly flawless wrap-up to a first-rate epic. Cronin took a little here and a little there from different horror sources.
Cronin plotted this trilogy from book one. The story arc therefore extends perfectly across all three books, concluding naturally in book three. Clues dropped and storylines begun in books one and two continue and are fleshed out fully in book three. Readers need to go in order; this is a must , as the books will be incomprehensible otherwise. These contain many moving parts, and to wait too long between them is to forget numerous crucial details; furthermore, reading the books close in time packs the biggest punch.
For those who did read them back-to-back, it can even be rewarding to go back to book one and reread at least part one of that. Final verdict: The vampire trilogy for those who dislike vampire stories. A must-read now. Final note: visit enterthepassage. The story once again focusing on the characters and their lives that we have followed and come to know from the very beginning, Peter, Amy, Alicia, Michael, Lucius Greer, Caleb, Sara and Hollis.
After three books these are characters that you have come to care about. You have watched t 4. You have watched them grow as characters and as people. You have seen them through adversity and through despair. You are invested in them, you need to know how it will play out and what fate awaits them all. In the virals absence humanity has become complacent, settlements have formed and life goes on, evolving, no longer hiding behind walls and afraid of the night but like any great evil, Zero and his many remain, lurking unseen, hidden in shadow, biding their time before they return to reap the harvest that is mankind.
And thus, the final battle begins between the virals and the humans. It takes a long time for the virals to appear in The City of Mirrors. There are little nods, hints and mentions to the menacing threat of the virals scattered throughout but it takes well over pages before they are unleashed in all their blood-soaked glory with the shit finally hitting the fan in a final relentless fight for survival. The slow boil approach works really well and builds the anticipation for the virals return. This adds to the character and gives us additional insight into why he is how he is and why he hates humanity.
The callous twist at the end is heartbreaking for Fanning and even if you hate what he has become you will find yourself feeling for the man that he was. With the section, Cronin effectively humanises the monster. The final section The Millennialist in The City of Mirrors acts as a prolonged epilogue to the book and trilogy. Firstly, it shows us that humanity endured the virals. And as such, makes its inclusion both worthwhile and a fitting ending to the whole trilogy. In The City of Mirrors, she plays a large role but all the other characters have roles to play to and, like they always have been they are also pivotal to the story and important to Amy.
Throughout the trilogy, Cronin has always managed to skillfully weave his separate threads, story arcs and timelines together and in The City of Mirrors, he manages to tie up all the loose plot threads from the entire trilogy. Cronin often writes slow-paced story-telling allowing his characters time to blossom, to grow and his story time to breathe that is interspersed with fast-paced action and he is a master with words.
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Managing to draw you in and making even the mundane in the slower parts of his story interesting. Whether it is an action-packed frenetic fight for survival against a horde of virals or just the plodding every day colony life Cronin engrosses you in his story. Cronin has crafted, created and woven a dark yet powerful story of good vs evil in The Passage trilogy that includes fully-fleshed characters who you care about and who stay with you, a world gone to ruin setting that is brought to dangerous and desolate life, an unrelenting and ominous threat in the virals, stacks of action, heart and plenty of emotion.
I was completely absorbed by The City of Mirrors and found it to be a bittersweet but fitting conclusion to what is a remarkable trilogy. View 1 comment. Apr 07, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: literaryfiction , science-fiction , werewolvesnvampires. The grand finale. The End. And a very satisfactory ending it was, too. An exciting adventure, with plenty of romance and explosions and tragedy. And it was certainly better than the last one. I have this memory of The Twelve being kind of a slog. I remember being frustrated with the format, where every chapter seemed to be the backstory of a different character, leading up to a quick scene of action before heading into the next backstory.
That format is gone here, and the backstory that we d So. That format is gone here, and the backstory that we do get is just as interesting as the action, if not more so. And I say more so because. Well, to be honest, these books are problematic. I love the story. I love the premise. But basically, thanks to what I will go ahead and call Cronin's "fancy pants writing" hat tip to my sister for that , I feel like he's convinced us that these books are better than they actually are. They're written in a very literary style, which is let's face it unusual for both post apocalyptic and vampire novels.
And since these books are so classy, and written so fancy, he lulls us into thinking that there's no way that there could be a plot hole. Or that a character might be two-dimensional. I honestly started to think it was my fault that the science didn't make sense, and that I just couldn't empathize with the one character at all.
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And then I thought, Wait, isn't it the writer's job to make me care about the characters? Isn't it the writer's or possibly the editor's to make sure that the science doesn't take hugely illogical leaps? The book has a winning combination of science and magic going on, which is great until he breaks his own rules. Which is. I loved the characters.
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Except for Alicia, I know she's supposed to be this amazing heroine but. Never liked her. Cronin's in love with her, but I see no reason to be. I was anxious about what was going to happen. Would our heroes save the day? Would mankind survive? After three books and probably around 1, pages I was ready for the payoff. And I got it. I got the ending I wanted, though it came about in delightfully unexpected ways. But again, frustration, because at times there were leaps over years and sudden bursts of magic that left the characters themselves shrugging over what had happened, in order to get to that great ending.
Now, with three books and so many pages to work with, I would imagine that Cronin could have laid more groundwork so that this ending could have come about more organically. I guess I was supposed to be so dazzled by his prose that I didn't notice, but I did. So overall I loved the series, and I think it's going to up there with the best of Stephen King and the like. But I guess I just need to point out that this is not a perfect book.
On a side note, this book contained something that I'm becoming increasingly aware of in futuristic fiction that I find amusing. That is: the few salvaged books that have survived the apocalypse are 19th century classics by white male authors. Why is it, when the world falls apart, all that is left is Tolstoy? I swear, if people aren't finding comparisons between their own lives and Moby-Dick, then it's Hamlet.
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