The Twelve

A Novel

Cronin, Justin

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Twelve
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The end of the world was only the beginning. In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with . . . THE TWELVE In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child's arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver," has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned--and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights. One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind's salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man's extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price. A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival. Praise for The Twelve "[A] literary superthriller."-- The New York Times Book Review "An undeniable and compelling epic . . . a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel " The Twelve is even better than The Passage ."-- The Plain Dealer "A compulsive read." --San Francisco Chronicle "Gripping . . . Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology. . . . Enthralling, emotional and entertaining." --The San Diego Union-Tribune "Fine storytelling."--Associated Press "Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills."-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0345504984
Characteristics: xvii, 568 p. ;,25 cm.


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Jun 27, 2014
  • naw666 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the sequel! As always the protagonist, Amy, is my FAV character. Can't wait till book #3 comes out. :)

May 20, 2014
  • MaryMaryJ rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was a relatively entertaining read - and am only reading The Passage now.

Nov 09, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The first book in this trilogy, The Passage, showed so much literary promise that it was all the more disappointing when it didn’t deliver. With this second book, all aspirations to greatness have been abandoned, and a straight-up and only slightly ridiculous thriller has been given to us. Still a little disappointing, though.

The first book in this trilogy started out in the present day as the vampire apocalypse was just beginning, but as soon as you were hooked, you were yanked 100 years in the future to the stories of the survivors. This second book finally returns to the present day to learn more about the apocalypse and how it all unfolded. I have to admit, spending so much time with the characters in the future in the first book actually made it much more interesting to read about their ancestors during the apocalypse in the second book. That’s a neat literary feat, but it can’t save the rest of the book.

We do finally learn what the virus is all about and where it came from in a few paragraphs of sloppy exposition; perhaps the author realized that he forgot to mention that during the 600 pages of the first book. But we still don’t know what happened to the rest of the world, so of course I’ll read the third book. Fun, but not fantastic.

Sep 02, 2013
  • rhys33 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The Passage was a great read, but this second book in the series is disappointing. Too many characters and too much of a focus on military nonsense. It doesn't relate well to the first book. I gave up after reading a third of it. I'll probably give it another try at some point, but for now two stars only...

Jun 08, 2013
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another gripping story. Looks like there will be a third one too! Can't wait to read the next one.

May 08, 2013
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The is a fine sequel to 'The Passage'. This epic trilogy sometimes seems to be crushing under it's own weight but somehow Justin Cronin makes it spin. At times you might be challenged to keep track of all of the character and the numerous stories connected to them, but by the end it all wraps up beautifully, I'm looking forward to the 3rd installment.

Apr 30, 2013
  • hotnana rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Loved his first book - Passages - but found this one brutal and gory - and with so many characters which is confusing if one hasn't read his first book.

Apr 20, 2013
  • ballycootie rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Couldn't get past page 100, it was that bad!

Apr 18, 2013
  • siharris rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Having picked The Passage out at random and loved it I expected a lot from this sequel. I found the first half disappointing, he introduces a lot of new characters and just appeared to lose his flow. The originality of the first book also seemed to get lost and at times it felt like I was reading a Stephen King novel (no offense to the King) . That said he picked it back up well in the second half, leaving me hanging out for the third and final installment of this generation spanning post apocalyptic vampire epic! ,

Mar 22, 2013
  • Nords rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sequel to the amazing book "The Passage". Loved The Twelve as well. Again, how the book jumps around is really neat as you get a bunch of different perspectives of both the virals, the history of the Twelve, and where the main characters come from. Plus it allows the action to take place on so many different levels and locals. Sometimes some of the Amy stuff gets a bit odd, but overall, this series is a must for any fan of horror, science fiction, vampire or zombie fiction, etc.

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