Wow, I feel like I should get a badge or something for finishing this book becasue it is massive! Yes, I finally finished The Passage by Justin Cronin, which took me just over two weeks to read, thus blowing my average for 2011. I've now read 12 books, and am averaging a book every 5.4 days.
The book was epic, although the majority of its 766 pages cover a relatively short period of time -- a couple of years maybe. I'm not sure how to classify this book as it incorporates aspects of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and thriller genres. I thought there was a nice balance and the plot, as well as the interesting characters, kept things moving.
If you've heard that this is a vampire novel, and this has kept it off your reading list, cast your pre-conceived notions aside. Much of the novel is concerned with a small group of survivors and while there is definitely a post-apocalyptic vibe here, there was a lot more happening.
I think this book is worth a read, and I would recommend it. Just give it a chance -- making it through to the sections concerning the colonists is rewarding. And if you get hooked like I did, there is more to come. Supposedly this is going to be a trilogy (which I can totally see -- the ending practically makes you hungry for more) with the next book due out in 2012.