The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel (Unabridged)
by Justin Cronin
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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 . . .
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.
Look for the entire Passage trilogy:
THE PASSAGE | THE TWELVE | THE CITY OF MIRRORS
Praise for The Twelve
“ 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
Not an epic fail, but still....
I had anticipated this second installment of Cronin's apocalyptic trilogy since devouring the first, The Passage.
I'm sorry to say it was a disappointment.
Beyond reconnecting with characters from The Passage, this novel left me untouched. No, that's not right...irritated, actually.
Cronin introduces us to a new cast of characters that I initially found compelling and then, ultimately, wondered at their purpose. While others, are introduced, invested, and simply disappear. I found myself wondering if I had somehow missed whole chapters. Sadly, those that remained are those I cared the least about.
The dialogue is often campy, cringe worthy at times, and Cronin fails to reconvene the languid, almost poetic, storytelling that was so appealing in The Passage. Obviously Cronin wants to but it seems forced and instead is conveyed in a series of dream sequences and ethereal recalls that are redundant.
Scott Brick does an fair enough job at narration and if you were pleased with his first attempt then you will only have to suffer though the actual story, and not, the telling of it.
I personally am not a huge fan and his inconsistency in dramatic inflection often detracted from the tale.
While I have not completely abandoned interest, I am not as excited about the final book in the series as I was for this one. Relieving me of having to check his website for release updates.
Perhaps I'll be pleasantly surprised in the end and it will have made this venture worth it. At this point I don't really feel I need have bothered.
the best listen i have had in five years
This book is amazing. Colin never leaves you wondering what is really going through the mind of his characters. taking you on a journey in to a strange turn of events that seems to change and turn like the wind but in a way that make you want to hear more to know more to feel more for every character. He tugs at your heart and your psyche. Making you think and wonder what you would do if you were one of them and how would you react if you where in their place. He brings reel life in to this strange and ever changing world. He takes you deep in their thoughts diving in and out their past and how all that has happened has made them into whom they have become. He reveals their deepest secrets and connects you to each of their souls and minds. His way with words is one of a kind and there are but a few narrators on level with Scott Brick. the man could read the phone book and make it sound captivating. The only bad thing i can say is that when it was over i had the sad realization that i have to wait for book three but i am sure as with the second one it will be well worth the wait.
Don't download through iTunes!
It may only allow you to download 3 of the 4 parts and then you will spend like 40 minutes on the phone only for them to tell you they can refund your purchase in the next five days and you can try again. Other than that, outstanding book!!!!!!!! A must listen/read!