Review of 'Passage'

Passage by Connie Willis

Quite a radical departure for Willis, this book tells the story of a “Near Death Experiences” (NDE) researcher, Dr. Joanna Lander who teams up with Dr. Richard Wright who has found a way to simulate NDEs using drugs. The story follows Lander as she is drawn into her own NDE experience on the Titanic and leads to a suprising conclusion. The characters in the book are believable along with the day-to-day inconvieniences that make up working in a large health facility (the bit about the cafeteria never being open is quite funny). Part two of the book I must admit ends with quite a shock but follows with the inevitable conclusion. A fast-paced and, typically for Willis, a well written novel.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Date: 2001

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