4/20: “The Passage” by Justin Cronin (Part III)

After reading half of the “The Passage” today, we learn various things about Amy, the inmates, what they are faced with, and how the experiment affected them. Cronin takes readers inside the minds of the virals because it shows us their true nature and how they were once humans and not only monsters. The memories they have are what bring the virals back to their human form and it gives them a connection and a sense of community. Throughout reading this, we learn that the virals are connected to the original viral that infected them which is one of the Twelve. They have the ability to connect psychologically and feel deeper within their community. They may have human  like forms deep down but they will always be seen as monsters to others.

Virals are similar to vampires in many ways. They are monsters that are immortal and that have a very strong with a powerful immune system. They are not a fan of seeing themselves in mirrors too. They have sword-like teeth and claw-like hands which are very much similar to a vampire’s appearances. They also cannot be exposed to light and need human blood to keep them going.

The virals remind me of the vampires from the show “The Originals”, which is the spin off “The Vampire Diaries.” In this show is a family of powerful vampires that are known as “the originals”. They all contain the typical qualities of a vampire. They are the first vampires to be created. They can shut their humanity off which means shutting their feelings off. Even with their humanity off, deep down, they still have feelings and once those feelings are reached into them, they will feel it and all the feelings come back rushing. I believe this trait is very similar to the virals. It is like having a soul trapped in a body deeply that cannot be reached at all.


2 thoughts on “4/20: “The Passage” by Justin Cronin (Part III)

  1. I have never heard of this show, but I will check it out. Thanks for the reference.


  2. justinalick says:

    It is very interesting to see why the author wished to use the term ‘viral’ instead of vampires, it still puzzles me.


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