Supernatural Book Review: “Rite of Passage”

Supernatural Rite of Passage novel

Hey there Supernatural fans! We’ve got just a few episodes left until hellatus is upon us again, so I thought I’d give y’all another Supernatural novel review. This time I’d like to talk about the last Supernatural novel called “Rite of Passage,” by John Passarella.

Before I talk about this book, I do feel like it’s my duty to give a warning to anyone thinking about picking up this book right now: If you’re still feeling a bit raw from the recent violence in Boston and the tragedy in Texas, then you might want to wait to read this book.

Now, first of all I wanted to say that I wouldn’t have considered myself overly sensitive to that sort of thing. But I started reading this book the week after all that happened and I will admit to pausing a bit at some of the parts. If this is how you think you might react, then my advice is to maybe put Rite of Passage aside for a little while. Perhaps pull it out in a few weeks when you’re on vacation or just looking for a way to get your Supernatural fix during the summer hellatus.

And now, let’s get on with the review.

The Monster

Here’s where we get right to the violence and, boy howdy, is there a lot of violence in Rite of Passage. The monster in this book doesn’t just kill a few people here and there. It kills people almost at a terroristic level. The body count isn’t all that awfully high in the beginning, but as the story progresses dozens. no, make that hundreds of people start dying at the hand of this thing. It made me wish we could see this story made into an episode, or heck even a movie, because it would be on the scale of Armageddon (and I mean that in the best way possible because I loved that flick).

The Boys

Passarella really knows how to write the boys and fans will be happy to know that Sam and Dean are perfectly in character in this installment. It takes place in season 7, in between “Season 7, Time for a Wedding” and “How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters,” so the boys are struggling to solve the case while still staying hidden from the Leviathan. We also have Sam battling it out with Lucifer in his head and the boys being forced to drive an old beater instead of the Impala. It also gives us lots of Bobby, which is also awesome.

Something that was great about all the epic violence was seeing the Winchester getting to dive right into the fray of these massive disasters. We’re used to seeing them fight monsters and saving maybe a few victims at a time, but we’ve never seen them having to thwart catastrophes on such a huge scale. In this book we see the boys quite literally saving babies and preventing as many tragedies as they can – basically being the heroes we all love them to be.

The Other Characters

One thing that I didn’t like about the book right away was the appearance of a lot of other characters. A good portion of the story takes place while we follow around a few high school students. At first I thought we were getting these scenes just to give us more background on these characters before the monster killed them. But then they appeared more and more often and I realized they were going to stick around.

As it turned out, these other characters did end up playing major roles at the end of the story. That did make their appearances a little easier to bear but I have to admit that when I read these books, I really only want to see what Sam and Dean (and other established characters) do. That’s just a personal thing with me so I definitely won’t hold it against the book. Like I said, they did turn out to be integral to the story so I’m sure most readers will enjoy hearing their story.

Overall, I did like most of this book and would definitely recommend Supernatural: Rite of Passage to Supernatural fans. With the dreaded hellatus coming up, it will be a good way to get your Winchester fix during those long summer days.

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Supernatural Rite of Passage novel