The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

imageThe Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy – humanity’s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.


It’s 20 odd years since the showdown with the Twelve and the viral are gone. The main cast of characters are older, wiser and off doing their own things. Civilisation is slowing building and forming and a new generation of children are growing up without the threat of virals for the first time in over a century. Things seem to be moving on, but will it continue?

Amy and Carter are gone, only Lucius knows where they are. He knows what is out there and that Amy and Cater are biding their time. While eleven of the Twelve are gone, there is one still out there, Zero.

This book is about Zero, this is mostly his story as much as any of the others. As things start to go badly wrong for our heroes there is hope, and love.

This thrilling conclusion of the series is full of action, sacrifice and above all hope and love. I have to admit that there is a 150 page plus section of this book that went on a bit long and dragged making me put down the book more than once because I thought it took away from the rest of the story. That section felt like a mini novella in it’s self and you had to go back to remember what had gone on before this section. In saying that you can skim over this section and still get the main gist of what is going on.

While I was daunted by having to reread the first two books to make sure I had remembered what had happened previously, I thought I would be in overload when it came time to read this one. I have to admit I was a bit sad to see it all end. The ending had me getting a bit weepy. A fantastic ending to an amazing series!

I give this 4.5 stars, only because of that section that dragged out a bit to long in my opinion

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review



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