"A highly unusual plot with people who've had their own true near-death experiences"
PASSAGE by Connie Willis deals with near-death experiences
from the viewpoint of a neurologist attempting to
chemically induce NDEs and a psychologist interviewing
people who've had their own true NDE. The scientists team
up and propose various theories regarding what the NDE
The story is tense and fast paced and had me racing to the
shocking climax. The ending is somewhat confusing, but you
can draw your own conclusions. Secondary characters are
wonderfully well drawn, including an elderly veteran who
regales the heroine with war stories and a severely ill
child with a fixation on disasters. Also present is the
publicity hungry author whose book promotes NDEs as a
spiritual experience. In this regard, I was reminded of
the movie, Contact, with its conflict between faith and
science. What is real and what is not? Do we have faith
in an afterlife, or is the NDE simply a chemical reaction?
Is brain death the end for us, or is there more?
When the heroine in PASSAGE volunteers to become a test
subject in order to experience simulated NDEs herself, she
gets more than she bargained for. A highly unusual plot
twist will keep you turning pages, but inevitably, the real
answers rest in the Great Beyond. Ms. Willis's
interpretation is merely speculation; it's your choice
which model you choose to believe.
Nancy J. Cohen © Copyright August
2001 for ParaNormal Romance Reviews
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 19, 2002