The Twelve (The Passage, #2) by Justin Cronin


The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
Title : The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
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ISBN : 0345504984
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 568

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 salvationunaware that the rules have changed The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely 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.


The Twelve (The Passage, #2) Reviews


  • Bonnie

    I felt like I waited half a lifetime for this to be released and I ll admit, I m pretty damn disappointed The Passage blew me away and is one of my all time favorites The Passage really took some patience and focus because Justin Cronin s writing is so intricately detailed that it s incredibly easy to miss something important but it was SO worth it It all began with several individual story lines that had no apparent relation with one another but as time progressed they started to intersect w I felt like I waited half a lifetime for this to be released and I ll admit, I m pretty damn disappointed The Passage blew me away and is one of my all time favorites The Passage really took some patience and focus because Justin Cronin s writing is so intricately detailed that it s incredibly easy to miss something important but it was SO worth it It all began with several individual story lines that had no apparent relation with one another but as time progressed they started to intersect with one another to form one hugely multi faceted story The Twelve brings that writing style back into the spotlight with a new array of characters and new storylines.There were such an immense amount of characters and intersecting storylines from The Passage that I was than a bit worried that I wouldn t be able to understand what was going on in The Twelve Fortunately, we re given a refresher in the form of biblical writings from The Book of Twelves I thought that the way it was done in the prologue was sheer genius Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical at first by the biblical approach he took and continued to take throughout the extent of the book It threw me a bit but Justin Cronin is a genius and it managed to work out It s strange though, because if you really think about it the original story line from The Passage was solely focused on government conspiracies and the creation of a virus that went completely wrong and was unleashed on the world after the virus was given to death row inmates In The Twelve, the story is centered around a city where individuals are utilizing vampire blood in order to achieve immortality A far cry from the original story, which was a bit of a disappointment because I would have loved to find out about the original Twelve.The main difference for me between The Passage and The Twelve is how the multiple storylines inevitably intersected With The Passage it was seamless and once everything came together there was the big Ahhh moment where everything was clear and the light bulb went on For me, I think when the Ahhh moment was intended to happen my reaction was along the lines of Uh I still don t get it Completely riveting story lines, complex and detailed to the max, but ultimately lacked in coming full circle and left me with far too many questions than answers.The City of Mirrors, the final installment, isn t due out for 2 years but I will of course be reading it I m hoping that questions are finally answered and aren t left as they have been a bunch of hypothetical possibilities.________________________________________Update 3 8 2012 Checkout the new EW Magazine tomorrow for a brand new excerpt from The Twelve Preview of The Twelve available here

  • Kemper

    Looking back at it, I m not even sure why I read this book The Passage left so little impression on me that I remembered almost nothing about it and could barely muster the energy to look on line for a summary of it So why read another 500 pages of that story Maybe it was the hype Or because I m such a sucker for post apocalyptic stories Actually, I now think that these books are like one of those B level restaurants that you end up eating at all the time, but you don t really know why The Looking back at it, I m not even sure why I read this book The Passage left so little impression on me that I remembered almost nothing about it and could barely muster the energy to look on line for a summary of it So why read another 500 pages of that story Maybe it was the hype Or because I m such a sucker for post apocalyptic stories Actually, I now think that these books are like one of those B level restaurants that you end up eating at all the time, but you don t really know why The food is just OK and the price is right and it s close to your house and you never got a nasty case of the screaming greasies after eating there, but it s not a place you d recommend to any of your friends or pass up a decent frozen pizza for a meal there Much like one of these middle of the road restaurants provides gut pack for your belly, these books are gut pack for the mind It s not terrible, but you can think of a lot better options.Which is weird because it s a horror novel going for epic scale with no shortage of blood and monsters so you d think it d elicit some kind of response Instead it just kept reminding me of other things I liked A post apocalyptic world with a huge battle between good and evil is satisfying in The Stand Playing with the idea of different strains of vampires is done much better in Scott Snyder s American Vampire comics The crazy vampire lady concept was a lot fun when Drusilla did it in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Blade wielding Alicia certainly resembles Alice in the Resident Evil films You know a book isn t entertaining you much when you start daydreaming about watching Resident Evil movies instead of reading it I don t know if it s because of his background writing the Serious Lit A Chur I haven t read any of his other books , but it felt like Cronin glumly slogged through this and that his pulse rate never jumped once If you re going to write a post apocalyptic novel, there needs to be a certain amount of inappropriate excitement involved I read something by Stephen King once where he talked about taking grim satisfaction in destroying the world in The Stand and when you read that, you can feel the dark glee he took in just smashing the whole thing Cronin just doesn t seem like he s that into it Why bother writing the end of civilization if you re not gonna have some fun with it Part of the problem may be that Cronin skips over that phase for the most part He showed us the beginnings of the vampire plague but then jumped forward by decades so we never really got to see things come undone I think it s telling that the part I enjoyed the most in both books was the glimpse we got of the world going belly up during the outbreak with Kittridge, Danny the autistic bus driver and all the others That s the one part of the book where the characters seemed distinctly different from one another and where there s some real passion flowing Even though I found the character of Lila extremely annoying because a pregnant surgeon who avoids dealing the with the on going apocalypse by going crazy town banana pants and acting like nothing is wrong should be the first one to get her blood drained, at least she evoked some kind of reaction from me Whereas the other characters in the book were essentially a big shrug.This book is such a yawn that I had a hard time deciding on whether to give it 2 or 3 stars I finally decided that giving it 2 stars would actually mean that I cared enough to downgrade it But I don t This thing is the epitome of average so 3 stars it is

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

    Good

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    For some reason I thought this whole book was going to be about Peter and crew hunting down the big bad original TWELVE and smashing them It s not really that at all This book goes back to the first few days after the virus has started You have a guy known as the Last Stand in Denver I wanted of this guy But then you have a whole lot of new characters getting thrown into the story.You also get some extras in the form of Ferrari chase A sorta weird school bus storyline And my very For some reason I thought this whole book was going to be about Peter and crew hunting down the big bad original TWELVE and smashing them It s not really that at all This book goes back to the first few days after the virus has started You have a guy known as the Last Stand in Denver I wanted of this guy But then you have a whole lot of new characters getting thrown into the story.You also get some extras in the form of Ferrari chase A sorta weird school bus storyline And my very favorite thing, We get of Alicia To me this made the story of Cronin s world just come even to life, in fact Saturday night I didn t sleep much because these damn Glow worm Voldemort Blood suckers were in my dreams That s a test for me even though I took Justin Cronin s name in vain several times If you make me dream about a book that means I m really invested Or it could just mean I have no life It really could go either way.I did like this book Something about this story just pulls me in I might not be invested in every second of all the words..because there is a TON of words that these books contain..but I can t stop reading them Even when I got ragey because these characters are just TOO FRIGGING LUCKY.too much of the whole coincidence thing happens in these books view spoiler I mean come on, Sara still being alive Then the whole daughter thing with Sara THEN THE Nina chick just happening to be related I know this is a small world but damn hide spoiler I would have given four stars except for all that crap I m going to start the third one soon..because I ve drank the Cronin Kool Aid and I want to know about what Zero is up to with his creepy self ETA I m like the total notbest buddy reader ever and forgot to mention my poor buddy that I read this with Who I completely left behind because I couldn t wait to finish this book That s what Ed gets for having a signed edition of this book and getting me addicted to these puppy squishers I don t think I ve highlighted one of my friend mark monday s reviews but I should have

  • switterbug (Betsey)

    THE TWELVE, which is the second book of Cronin s towering trilogy, can be read as a complete book, whereas the first book stopped abruptly, like a gasp However, I urge you to read THE PASSAGE first, because the epic as a whole is a finely calibrated accretion of history, plot and character The Twelve refers to the twelve parent or original virals, the death row inmate subjects turned virals from Project Noah, who must be liquidated in order to save the world The thrust of this book is the THE TWELVE, which is the second book of Cronin s towering trilogy, can be read as a complete book, whereas the first book stopped abruptly, like a gasp However, I urge you to read THE PASSAGE first, because the epic as a whole is a finely calibrated accretion of history, plot and character The Twelve refers to the twelve parent or original virals, the death row inmate subjects turned virals from Project Noah, who must be liquidated in order to save the world The thrust of this book is the hunt of the twelve by Amy, Alicia, Peter, and company All eyes Two words commonly spoken by the First Colony Watchers, starting in Book one survivors of the end of the world as we know it I shiver when I read it now, this sober siren call of fellowship to signal strength and vision, to defeat the virals It carries an additional, deep and tacit message now that I honor you, comrade lover, brother, father, mother, friend, sister, soldier go bravely and stay safe And keep your eyes forward, against the last remaining light of the day.Cronin s weighty trilogy, a hybrid of mainstream and literary fiction, isn t just a story about these photophobic vampire virals, identified variously as dracs, smokes, flyers, jumps, and glowsticks Rather, it is a portrait of humanity in extremis Virals, caused by a military experiment gone awry, are a malignant, violent force of annihilation But what reserves of strength keep us fighting How do people live in a post apocalyptic world Is another end coming Or a beginning Is the world even worth saving THE TWELVE, like THE PASSAGE, has as much anthropology, eschatology, psychology, and philosophy, as it does gore, battle and horror.Cronin s tilted, unconventional structure has an elegant, understated, and circular pull and propulsion, muted at times, roaring at others He periodically pauses in the progress of the plot for his intense and luminous miniatures mystical, sensory flights of prose and backstory elaboration, although briefer in THE TWELVE , which deepen the intricate plot strands as well as create a vivid landscape, emotionally and physically Gradually, he braids it all together.THE TWELVE isn t linear, but it is, ultimately, progressive It starts back at year zero the viral outbreak , providing new characters and expanding on previous ones, as it steadily brings us back to the present, approximately 97 A.V After Virus , five years after the end of THE PASSAGE Peppered here and there are the terse, abstract texts dated 1003 A.V And, yes, the cliffhanger ending of the first book, as well as all strands, are eventually returned to and understood The author is in control of his sublime, colossal narrative.Cronin traveled every mile in the book for his research, and it shows His sense of place is so atmospheric and sensuous, alive and turbulent, that geography is a character in itself From the benevolent but arch company of assembled defense forces in Kerrville, Texas to a terrifying, totalitarian ruled, labor camp in Iowa and to a handful of scrappy iconoclasts that roam from place to place, the author s conception of a fractured world flashes and flickers with billion kilowatt energy in every setting.Cronin s complex character development equals any realistic literary novel Amy, Alicia and Peter and others continue to evolve, although Peter, admittedly, was of a placeholder in THE TWELVE, notwithstanding a few valorous confrontations with virals There s no doubt in my mind that he will figure largely in the final book, now that Amy s character has expanded in surprising, startling, and inevitable ways He and Amy are bound, as was determined in THE PASSAGE However, as Amy is revealed, Alicia becomes eerie and enigmatic, and discovers an unpredictable and, well, animate love You also unexpectedly learn about her descendants.But wait until you meet Guilder, and reconnect with Lila Wolgast s ex wife the pages nearly howl with the portrayal of these two characters From their skin and viscera to their organs and bowels, I have rarely encountered anyone comparable to Lila and Guilder in a horror or dystopian novel And there are numerous and brilliant secondary characters, such as Carter, the twelfth original viral, that are graphic and memorable Greer, from the first book, is now a military prisoner and seer Grey, a sweeper from the first book, finds an opportunity to amend for his past sins, but it doesn t quite work out the way he planned Also three dimensional are the virals, a ripe and sentient life force of consummate destruction And, there are some new developments in store regarding viral species transformation.The final book, THE CITY OF MIRRORS, is due for release in 2014 The title is a terrific tease, but I believe I possess the prescience to interpret its significance It gives me a soulful, excited feeling I know what it means, where this is headed, and that makes it triply electrifying.Addendum Cronin is my homeboy, if you ll pardon my colloquialism He hails from my hometown Boston , and lives where I have lived Bellaire, Texas He based the First Colony THE PASSAGE geography on Idyllwild, California, a place I once knew intimately It was a superb sequestered setting for an isolated survivor community Flyers, Justin

  • mark monday

    Cronin s second book in his Passage trilogy eschews much of the poetry and melancholy of the first book this novel is rather conventional in style and tone it is basically a mosaic of events set in various time periods that gradually builds to a showdown between a demented fascist and a crowded gallery of bruised battered heroines heroes much like the first book, it includes a novella sized chunk in its first section that is entirely devoted to events taking place in Year Z Cronin s second book in his Passage trilogy eschews much of the poetry and melancholy of the first book this novel is rather conventional in style and tone it is basically a mosaic of events set in various time periods that gradually builds to a showdown between a demented fascist and a crowded gallery of bruised battered heroines heroes much like the first book, it includes a novella sized chunk in its first section that is entirely devoted to events taking place in Year Zero, i.e The Dawn of the Vampire Apocalypse no doubt this will also be many readers favorite part, much like that first section in The Passage overall i missed the poetry and melancholy of the first book The Passage is up there with my favorite novels , but The Twelve is still a worthy successor and an excellent novel a great vampire book, a great post apocalypse book, a book full of intriguing mysteries and characters who are dynamic, sympathetic, real i may have lost much of that enchanted feeling i had with its predecessor but i was still fairly spellbound from beginning to end some spoilers may follow, or not, who knowsLikes Amy s transformations the chapter The Field a superb little bit that functions almost as a short story Alicia Grey s characterization Carter Wolgast that superb Year Zero section and its very human, fallible, addled, courageous protagonists things i liked, later.Dislikes Cronin reaches a bit much for poetry a couple times and it felt as if he was trying too hard this came as a real surprise given the genuine beauty of much of The Passage i reread the last paragraph of The Familiar and rolled my eyes because it unfortunately is reaching for beauty but was only so many pretty words on the page with little genuine meaning two major supporting characters dispatched between books with barely a word about them quite disappointing an over reliance on Mythic Titles For Different Characters That Are All Capitalized And Come Across As Obnoxious And Pretentious and this is a minor and very personal one, but i just have to say it for a series that really wants to operate on a wide canvas of humanity and so clearly wants to have a Multi Racial Cast and Strong Independent Women and All Ages and All Types and i appreciate it, really why couldn t Cronin have included at least one lesbian or gay character usually this doesn t bother me, but The Twelve s cast of characters is so completely diverse that the lack really stood out for me ok, enough with the critiques i really liked this one so back to things that i thought were interesting.Religious Aspects fascinating this was than hinted at in The Passage, but the sequel really lays it out there the series is a spiritual odyssey, simple as that God is practically a character in this novel given the emphasis on coincidence but not really, the afterlife, the biblical prologue, the sense that everyone is coming together for reasons they only barely understand, the mythic layering of certain people like Peter, Project Noah and the vampire virus being the New Flood when rereading The Passage last year, one of the things that stood out for me in that first section was how deeply damaged each of those modern day characters turned out to be, how the world had really wounded them, how cruel and indifferent the world was in general time for Next Big Flood i guess because that world was pretty soulless and needed a real reset unfortunate shades of misanthropic Koontz and his The Taking in general, i m not a fan of the mindset, but Cronin makes it work and of particular interest to me was the use of Zero Fanning The Twelve as a sort of Antichrist his Twelve Demonic Apostles Zero even has his own Judas in the gentle non murderous Carter fascinating A Tale of Two Cities Kerrville vs The Homeland loved the difference between these two places The Homeland was particularly eerie in the distance same goes for The Woman before it turns out to be Lila very Dracula s Daughter , before it became 1984 Redux it was still compelling when i got to know the place, but i did like the prior and very sinister mystery of it and maybe i am just a typical flaming liberal but i sure do appreciate Cronin s continued denunciation of militarization, and now with The Twelve, his use of fascism disguised as an official policy of Protect Teh Little People nothing new there, but i still enjoyed it i m a progressive sucker, part of the liberal choir, so preach to me Cronin, i ll eat it up tasty skewers of reactionary villains, yum.A Defining Moment Will Forever Define You yes i agree or do i well anyway it is food for thought Cronin returns to this concept again and again, with everyone his heroes, his villains, and most literally with his vampires.Family folks familiar with how The Passage originated know that it sprung from stories told by Cronin to his daughter and perhaps an interest in earning buckets of cash the love of children, the absolute importance of family a created family or a family linked by blood both are present here and the former is no less valuable than the latter , the love of a parent for their daughter or son all remain central Cronin presents this familiar idea in such a straightforward way it was constant but i never grew weary of it his ideas on the topic are lovely In Sara s daughter, this triumphantly alive little person that Sara s body had made, lay the answer to the greatest mystery of all the mystery of death, and what came after How obvious it was Death was nothing, because there was no death By the simple fact of Kate s existence, Sara was joined to something eternal To have a child was to receive the gift of true immortality not time stopped but time continuing and everlasting just as moving was Amy s final goodbye to Wolgast.it is hard for me to know who i could recommend this to amongst my Goodreads friends there are the folks who love genre fiction as i do and books like The Twelve and its predecessor tend to leave them cold too long, too ostentatious in their use of poetic language, so invested in conveying all of the details of this future world that it often becomes a distinctly tedious experience to them and then there are the folks who love literary fiction as i do and action packed blockbusters, no matter how ambitious or poetic or whatever, are not exactly their go to books for further understanding the human condition or appreciating the beauty of the written word it rather saddens me because books like The Passage The Twelve are full of pleasures that i get from both genre fiction and literary fiction ah well guess i ll just have to recommend this to myself mark, reread this one day you ll love it

  • V. Briceland

    One of the literary techniques that most irritated me about Justin Cronin s tale of bioengineered vampires, The Passage, had to do with his seeming defensiveness of tone every page reeked with his desperation to let readers know that yes, while he might ve sold out for a big horror genre paycheck, he still had an MFA in creative writing and was determined to show it off, dang it Thus we had endless multi page scenes of internal narrative about scarlet ribbons undulating across the billows and One of the literary techniques that most irritated me about Justin Cronin s tale of bioengineered vampires, The Passage, had to do with his seeming defensiveness of tone every page reeked with his desperation to let readers know that yes, while he might ve sold out for a big horror genre paycheck, he still had an MFA in creative writing and was determined to show it off, dang it Thus we had endless multi page scenes of internal narrative about scarlet ribbons undulating across the billows and curves of a carmine ocean speckled with craters of inky night that reflected a galaxy of cold and unfeeling stars I think they were supposed to represent blood sucking sequences, but since Cronin often shunned genre norms like using names or pronouns to let you figure out which of his several hundred characters was actually involved in a scene, it was sometimes awfully difficult to tell.The good news in The Twelve is that the first book in the series was enough of a bestseller that Cronin could apparently pay off his grad school debts and write a fat check to his old program to assuage any guilt he might be feeling for slumming in the mass market paperback section Those high falutin scenes are long gone from his new book and gone too are the pages and pages of internal monologue, replaced by snappy dialogue driven chapters that were totally absent from the first novel The pacing in The Twelve is brisk and relentless, which makes it a page turner.Mind you, exciting writing isn t necessarily the same thing as great writing For his sequel to The Passage, Justin Cronin has managed to cut down his literary crib sheet to two primary sources Stephen King s The Stand being the first and most obvious I m not really a King fan, but it s plain that Cronin feels piling narrative upon narrative across dozens of characters is the best way to create a Stand like blockbuster Yet I found his characterizations lifeless and paper thin, and his style a mere aping of King The protagonists from the first book are ciphers here the central couple of Peter and Amy especially New characters get an even shorter shrift Giving gruff military men a sudden appreciation of poetry before their deaths in the book not just once, but twice isn t a convincing way of showing the humanity behind a martial mind, for example it s a cheap shortcut that s akin to literary semaphore.Cronin s approach to foreshadowing disaster is as equally ham handed as the first installment When a character smiles winsomely into the sweet summer sun and says, Hey, I ve got a great idea Let s take all the innocent kiddies of the colony out into the countryside for a picnic What could possibly go wrong , or looks off into the horizon, spits, and sighs, Driving this tanker truck full of highly flammable fuel sure is boring work At least nothing bad can possibly happen, it s painfully obvious that disaster is in the works The payoffs aren t enough to justify the clunky foreshadowing, either.Still, the book gets intriguing when it delves into Margaret Atwood territory, taking a spin on the totalitarian regimes similar to The Handmaid s Tale and its examination of the culture of rebellion The scenes with Sara and the queen of the virals are both disturbing and ultimately touching it s a pity they re buried beneath and burdened by a an abundance of opaque dream sequences, repetitious replayings of discoveries that Cronin wants to hammer home, and too many characters it s difficult to care much about While Cronin might be true to his genre s form by ditching the hip lit pretensions of The Passage, it hasn t really improved the sequel any On the other hand, it hasn t made it any the less compulsively readable, either

  • Woowott

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Y know, the longer time goes by, the I hate this book So, now it is down to one star Sometimes it takes a while to realize how much you don t like something Or hate it I apparently hated this I think the thing that threw me over the edge was Alicia s rape.Spoilers, because I m too bored not to edit ACTUALLY, not only are there spoilers, but I realized as I typed how HOSTILE I was to a particular plot twist that was wholly unnecessary, pointless, and aggravatingly trite And utterly Y know, the longer time goes by, the I hate this book So, now it is down to one star Sometimes it takes a while to realize how much you don t like something Or hate it I apparently hated this I think the thing that threw me over the edge was Alicia s rape.Spoilers, because I m too bored not to edit ACTUALLY, not only are there spoilers, but I realized as I typed how HOSTILE I was to a particular plot twist that was wholly unnecessary, pointless, and aggravatingly trite And utterly despicable Masochism Sometimes, it happens to me with books and movies And since I read the first bomb, I decided to read the second It s pretty much the same dreck Cronin isn t a horrible writer, but he s not great either And we have lots of the same dullness and pointlessness that marked the first book Really, I feel like it could have been half the length Or just skip book 2 altogether, because it really is quite pointless.Amy and Peter s romance is predictably bland Sara is still alive Of course, she has a very happy ending with Hollis and her improbably alive child Lots of improbable coincidences happen to get her there And lots of improbable coincidences happen to everyone else too.Oh, we learn about Alicia s parents Her mom is eighteen and knocked up by a guy twice her age, in the middle of the Viral Apocalypse Yawn.We learn about Grey one of the only interesting characters from book 1, along with Carter, who gets a raw deal in these novels , and he coincidentally ends up with Lila Kyle, Wolgast s wife Who is alive a century later And a major pointless plot point of annoying stupidity I really hated her.And Alicia, the baddest ass of any of the books, of COURSE must suffer her obligatory horrible continuing rapes Absolutely an integral element for her character Oh, yeah.So, yeah It s all pretty ridiculously constructed, boring, trite pretty much the same complaints I had in the first book But the first third of this book is far less compelling than the first third of the first book All the characters are all very heteronormative What little religious belief there seems to be is predominantly Christian So I guess the virals killed all LGBTQA people and nearly all other people of other belief systems I ll do the third book, I m sure And I m sure I ll feel the same way I just think this one was even absurd, actually.Alicia s rape really did me in Of course, she has to be hardcore and slaughter the guy that does it And then avoid Peter and be mostly quietly traumatized I was actually offended by that Can we lay off the strong, emotionally constipated woman getting raped Like, hasn t it been done before Yeah, a million times I m sick of it The only difference between her and a male characters is that she is gendered female If her personality were the same, but she were MALE, would she get raped Would that be a necessary plot point NO, of COURSE not So why is it acceptable for it to happen AGAIN to a female character F that This book actually IS worse than the first Alicia gets raped, Sara is pretty bland, Amy is typical Magic Child, Lila sucks and is crazy Yep, some great characters there Screw that fumes

  • Rick Riordan

    Cronin s first book in this trilogy, The Passage, received a lot of buzz The Twelve is the second The trilogy tells the story of an engineered virus that creates a race of vampires Virals which almost wipe out humanity The writing is strong, the characters are sympathetic, the post apocalyptic world Cronin describes is terrifying and believable The reader does have to have some patience, as Cronin tells the story in several parts that at first seem only loosely connected Just when you Cronin s first book in this trilogy, The Passage, received a lot of buzz The Twelve is the second The trilogy tells the story of an engineered virus that creates a race of vampires Virals which almost wipe out humanity The writing is strong, the characters are sympathetic, the post apocalyptic world Cronin describes is terrifying and believable The reader does have to have some patience, as Cronin tells the story in several parts that at first seem only loosely connected Just when you are completely riveted in the story of the outbreak, he flashes forward seventy nine years, where you have to learn to care about a whole new set of characters in an entirely different situation If you can stick with it, though, the parts do create a satisfying coherent whole I had a little trouble getting into the rhythm with The Passage, but found The Twelve a quick, compelling read, since I was now accustomed to Cronin s narrative structure I will certainly be anxious to see how he wraps up his trilogy in the third volume, due out later this year If you like Stephen King s The Stand, check out this series

  • Carol.

    Dear Justin We get the religious reference Really, we do But thanks for providing a summation of The Passage in a handy Biblical format at the beginning of The Twelve I only partially appreciated it, however, as it reminded me of the things I found annoying about The Passage, particularly the ending But, hey, great effort maybe consider a little subtlety in book three I have to say, rewinding and restarting the apocalypse was absolute genius Serious genius You must have been reading Dear Justin We get the religious reference Really, we do But thanks for providing a summation of The Passage in a handy Biblical format at the beginning of The Twelve I only partially appreciated it, however, as it reminded me of the things I found annoying about The Passage, particularly the ending But, hey, great effort maybe consider a little subtlety in book three I have to say, rewinding and restarting the apocalypse was absolute genius Serious genius You must have been reading the same information about the history of marketing that I ve been reading in Salt Sugar Fat How the Food Giants Hooked Us, because you did exactly what the food manufacturers do take a staple say, Cherrios , imbue it with a different flavor Chocolate, Banana Nut, etc , change the packaging and voila New product with a guaranteed audience that gives the impression of innovation Starting back at the beginning of the vampires release and giving us new perspectives as the devastation unfolds was sheer brilliance What a way to recycle much of an earlier story without driving it someplace new Clever If only King had done that with The Stand I m going to write him right now and suggest it The trouble is that despite being a clever writing concept, I think The Twelve could have benefited from focus on character creation, since we knew where much of the plot was going especially as the introduction helpfully reminded us Perhaps fewer narrators and some greater character innovation would have built interest Reporting the experiences of a suspiciously rejuvenated convict test subject, to the ill federal suit overseeing the project, to a pregnant pediatrician coping through nervous breakdown, to a mentally disabled bus driver, to a wounded veteran all becomes kind of a jumble By the time we reached The Magic Bus tour, I didn t much care any, especially when it was going to be clear I had a whole new set of character names to learn Plus, they were all rather boring I felt like I was being told a Just So story, my absolute least favorite type of storytelling, particularly as it includes heavy moralizing.Plus ranty bit just like King in The Stand, Cronin does a huge disservice to the female viewpoint It is painstakingly clear that the value of the female viewpoint is because of her reproductive capabilities Go Team Uterus Other misogyny includes a rape scene ahead of where I quit You probably know my feelings on that by now, but if confused, check the post.The unoriginality coupled with the shifting resulted in an emotional distance that eventually led me to abandoning the book, despite being a third into it I just didn t care enough about the mystery of the convict to overcome my aversion to Christian metaphors, and decided returning to the library was better than paying any fines to those most gracious, beautiful, forgiving people known as Librarians A DNF from me a sad statement of interest level, given that I was recently reminded that I made it through Siege Of course, Frater is considerably less in love with her writing than Cronin is Do yourself a favor if you weren t completely in love with The Passage, take a pass on this one