The Twelve

The Twelve 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

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.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.

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  1. In 2010, Justin Cronin s The Passage was a phenomenon The unforgettable tale that critics and readers compared to the novels of Cormac McCarthy, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, and Margaret Atwood became a runaway bestseller and enchanted readers around the globe It spent 3 months on The New York Times bestseller list It was featured on than a dozen Best of the Year lists, including Time s Top 10 Fiction of 2010, NPR s Year s Most Transporting Books, and Esquire s Best Brightest of 2010 It was a 1 Indie Next Selection It sold in over 40 countries and became a bestseller in many of them Stephen King called The Passage enthralling read this book and the ordinary world disappears Now, PEN Hemingway Award winner Justin Cronin bring us the conclusion to his epic trilogy with The City of Mirrors For the last time, Amy the Girl from Nowhere, who lived a thousand years will join her friends and face down the demons that threaten the last of humanity Justin Cronin is also the author of Mary and O Neil which won the PEN Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize , and The Summer Guest Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer s Award A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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  1. 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 [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. 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 o [...]

  5. 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 [...]

  6. 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 cu [...]

  7. 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 Ma [...]

  8. 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 in [...]

  9. 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 comple [...]

  10. Before I owned a Nook I carried The Passage 1 as a carryon all the way from New Orleans to California, a hefty load I literally could not put down the book I raced to finish it before we landed At several points I had to tell my boyfriend to stop talking to me I was reading and I meant business I had no idea the book was going to be left open to a sequel and as I finished the last page I thought NO I have to know what is going to happen next I cannot wait to read the second book for several reas [...]

  11. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance readers copy of The Twelve, by Justin Cronin It s a follow up to one of the better novels I ve read in the last few years The Passage and it s to be published later this fall Best of all, The Twelve was just as good as the first It was well written with page turning excitement i.e it s literary fiction disguised commercial fiction and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great story I read it in two sittings It s nothing like the kind of novels [...]

  12. I loved, well most, of The Passage, the first book of this trilogy Enough I almost rated it five stars, although I pulled back from that because although I thought the author did some amazing things, I couldn t call it a true favorite Especially given the first 300 pages of that book seemed to me so cliched Stephen King Michael Crichton thriller I felt I d been there, done that, over and over and over Two things redeemed The Passage for me though I liked how Cronin took the vampire mythos and fr [...]

  13. 2.5 stars.I really wanted to be one of the readers who actually liked the second book in this trilogy I thoroughly enjoyed the first My determination to love the second book started to falter at 50% , limp at 60% and stutter at 70% The first half held my interest well but thenThe content became overly military and there wasn t enough about the virals themselves The story was bitty and jumped all over the place I realised I didn t feel invested In the end I felt like I was making myself continue, [...]

  14. Oh My God.There are books and there are BOOKS There is writing and there is WRITING.This was brilliant.I find myself at a lack of words to describe how amazing the whole series is.I actually shook my head in disbelief while I was reading certain parts because I couldn t believe the epicness.

  15. I recently read The Passage this year so I was lucky I didn t have to wait as long as everyone else for book two The Twelve I was privileged to win an advanced review copy so I need to be careful in reviewing this book without any spoilers As many people would already know The Twelve continues on with the epic tale that The Passage built This time we have a whole lot of new characters to read about as they struggle to survive in this nightmarish world of virals.One of my biggest issues with The [...]

  16. 2012 NOOOOO I can t wait that long I loved the first one, and now I really want to know what happens next

  17. ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN Part I reviews The Twelve Part II reviews the trilogy as a whole Part ISometimes the second book in a trilogy is merely a filler book that s just a bridge between books one and three, nothing Not so with The Twelve Fans of The Passage can rest assured that this second installment is a vital addition, smoothly continuing the epic Cronin started with book one Beloved characters from The Passage are back, along with some captivating new ones, and, of course, the virals are here [...]

  18. Spoilers This was a chore to read, I struggled to finish it The beginning was nonsensical and boring, the middle dragged and the ending was a mess The back and forth in time didn t flow well, there was no rhyme or reason to the way events unfolded, one chapter was set in the present, the next 15 years in the past and then the next a 100 years in the past It was all very disjointed and messy The multiple POV s irritated me, most of the new character POV s bar Danny and Kitteridge were rubbish, an [...]

  19. Dvanaestoricu sam ekala pune 2 godine i krajnji utisak bi mogao da se svede na meh.Sam po etak, ta nije prvih 100 200 strana mi se ini kao da je autor bio inspirisan, ili da je barem bio pod utiskom, Kingovog Uto i ta.Prikazi uni tene zemlje, ta postapokalipti na slika sveta, otu enost, i naravno inspirativne pri e o hrabrim ljudima koji uprkos svemu guraju napredkao to rekoh meh Prosto ne znam ta se desilo Kroninu u drugoj polovini knjige, kao da je i sam pogubio konce Preterano irenje pri e, e [...]

  20. I wasn t going to read this book I wasn t I felt like The Passage was a well contained story and I didn t understand where else it could go I will let the author explain what he focuses on in The Twelve, because I find it too difficult to summarize This is from an older post from 2010 on io9 The next two books each go back to Year Zero at the outset, to reset the story, and to deal with something you didn t see and didn t know was as important as it was It s not a linear quest story, which I wou [...]

  21. I am going away The girl you know will not be here next we meet Reading this second installation in Justin Cronin The Passage TrilogyI literally felt like I transformed from one thing to the next during this read I m not going to lie, if you thought the first book had you dizzy, wait till you read this one.I think the most frustrating part for me was the multiple POV Just when I start to sink my teeth into a particular plot, the author would switch POV and have me like Don t get me wrong, the cl [...]

  22. Thank you, Justin Cronin, for providing a summary of The Passage in the prologue Wish I had known about the list of characters at the end though Would have come in handy My full review is here.

  23. The Twelve would have been a good read if only 1 the author would shut up about God and religion for a second 2 If said author hadn t been so insisting on telling us the life story of unimportant minor characters and then killing them off later, then fully expecting us to give a damn about those minor characters 3 If said author isn t so insisted on humiliating his female characters by getting them raped, beat, captured, tortured and abused 4 Would everyonejust stop using rape as a plot device t [...]

  24. The Twelve is the second book in Justin Cronin s epic post apocalyptic trilogy which began in 2010 with The Passage I devoured the first book and have been anticipating the sequel with equal amounts of dread and delight Fear not, this is not a casualty of Second Novel Syndrome but is instead a glowing example of engaging dystopian fiction at its best.Yes, it s a story about vampires but as far removed from Twilight as is humanly virally possible Comparisons with Stephen King s The Stand are apt [...]

  25. One long yawn punctuated by all too rare moments of action which should not be taken to mean drama Readers should always be suspicious of any genre novel which takes the name of one of its characters from a John Cheever story Tifty Cronin has a penchant for spending 200 pages slowly building characters and scenarios and then, as soon as things show a hint of getting interesting, cutting away to another completely different set of new characters and scenarios which he will then build over another [...]

  26. Oh well To be honest, I am rating this as high as I am only because the plot is neat That s it The writing has taken a sharp turn downhill Cronin is a brilliant man who occasionally turns a sentence is stuff into a divine inspiration, but this feels like it has the huffing breath of a publisher who has shelled out 3.5 million on its neck Unlike The Passage, which was longer, this feels sloppy and hurried Character development here is hurried and hamfisted remember this guy well, apparently he wa [...]

  27. An Oh wellian DystopiaA dramatic fall from the intensity of The Passage, 1 The Oh Wellian travels and tragedies of characters, ranging from vanilla to bizarre, about whom you could not care less In short, a novel about a dystopia as original and intriguing as the idea of bobbing for dill pickles in a barrel of melted peanut butter.

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