I used to take part in Top 5 Saturday hosted by Mandy over at Devouring Books every week, however I’ve been slacking recently and haven’t participated in quite a while. I saw that last week the theme was Longest books, either read or on my TBR. I’ve decided to share with you the longest books that I’ve read and a one sentence review for them.
Let’s jump in…
963 Pages – The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin
“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.””
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear–of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey–spanning miles and decades–towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
This was unfortunately a miss for me, I felt like they were different books put together.
894 Pages – I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim, #1) by Terry Hayes
A young woman murdered in a run-down Manhattan hotel.
A father publicly beheaded in the blistering sun of Saudi Arabia.
A man’s eyes stolen from his living body as he leaves a secret Syrian research laboratory.
Smouldering human remains on a mountainside in the Hindu Kush.
A plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.
One thread that binds them all.
One man to take the journey.
This book took me over a year to read as I kept putting it down, it was so slow paced and just didn’t keep me interested.
835 Pages – A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
In A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere.
In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to.
Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, vicotry and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
What a mammoth this was, the vast amount of characters really confused me but that was the only negative I have for this book.
803 Pages – House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.
This book took me by surprise, I really loved it, here’s my full dedicated review.
767 Pages – The Crow Girl (Victoria Bergmans svaghet #1-3) by Erik Axl Sund
It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.
Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible, despite opposition from her superiors.
When two more bodies are found, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.
With her career on the line, she turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund.
Together, they uncover a chain of shocking events that began decades ago – but will it lead them to the murderer before someone else dies?
I love translated thrillers and this was no exception, it’s definitely not for the faint of hearts so I don’t recommend this for everyone.
What are the longest books that you’ve read?
See you in the next one…