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Dear Justin Cronin – What Will I Do Now That Your Trilogy is Over?

Dear Mr. Cronin:

I’m writing you to inform you that I have finished your trilogy that begun with The Passage, continued with The Twelve and that has culminated with The City of Mirrors.  I want to thank you for providing me with such an emotional punch of a journey these last few years.  Thank you for the characters, the anxiety, the heartache and the fist pumps in the air.  I will forever cherish this series and how much your storytelling drew me in.

But Mr. Cronin, I have a problem.

What the hell am I supposed to do now? I have laid the book down, the last page read and I’m staring around me wondering how I’m supposed to live my life now that this series is over.

So I’m asking you for your assistance in helping me figure out my life because really, this is your fault.  I was fine but then Amy, Peter, Michael, Alicia, Hollis and Sara happened. Damn you for creating such great characters.  Characters that are strong, visible, fully formed, that seemed so real.  And now that they are gone…I’m left bereft. I’m an empty husk needing to be filled.

Help me.  What do I do now?

Should I take up knitting?  Cooking lessons?

I do have cats, I suppose I could continue giving them attention.  Also, my friends haven’t seen me since I started The City of Mirrors so I probably should let them know I’m okay. It’s been a pretty nice summer here in Winnipeg too so maybe I should go outside?  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the sun, should I put sunscreen on?

My garbage is piling up – should I take that out now?  I also haven’t eaten since I started the final book – that could be why I feel so weak and why I’m rather emotional right now.

There’s dust bunnies the size of virals in my living room so I guess I can clean.  But as I’ve mentioned, I haven’t eaten for awhile so the whole being weak thing kinda gets in the way.  Any recipes you suggest that are simple and quick? Also…sleep.  I haven’t slept since I picked City of Mirrors up so that sounds like a nice idea hey?

And probably my husband might be open to spending time with me again.  If he’s still around.  I think I’m still married.  Who knows, I’ve been pretty preoccupied with your book.  Man, if I’m not married anymore I’m going to be really upset with you Mr. Cronin, I liked having that husband guy around.

Mr. Cronin, it’s a damned good thing I don’t have kids because – wow – I have no idea what state they would be in if I did.

As you can see, I need some direction here. I’m feeling quite like the girl from nowhere right now so any suggestions, advice or firm reality checks would be great.

I would appreciate your attention to this matter immediately.

Thank you for your time Mr. Cronin.

(And thank you for the stories.)

Sincerely,

A Book Lover

 

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