This portion of the review is copied from the reivew of the first book in the series.
The Twelve is the second in The Passage Trilogy (3rd yet to be released) and is simply one of the best series out there. The story is complex and fascinating. These are not uncomplicated people spouting action movie dialogue. They are in-depth characters with view points and character flaws. The world, both before and after the disaster are given real life with descriptions that are wonderfully written.
I had no trouble at all with the shifting narrative that some of the reviewers have such an issue with. It was well done and not all that uncommon for books that span a long period of time and tell many different stories that weave together. I think it works so much better than trying to force the story into either a dispassionate viewpoint or one character trying to account for everything.
This part is specific to The Twelve.
I think I like the Twelve even better than The Passage simply because you get to know the background and lives of some of interesting characters introduced in the first book. You also get to see what other parts of the country were doing while Peter and his people were living a completely different existence behind the Walls.
The characters you knew from the first book are not forgotten, and their stories are all combined and woven together in a believable and amazing way. I wont give any spoilers, but if you liked the first book, you are going to enjoy this one even more.
Say something about yourself!
Very good book. Not the best audiobook but certainly a damn good book
I like all the characters
Nothing. He doesn't do different voices or add any drama too the story. However, I enjoy his reading. I like his voice
Grey. I think that's how you spell it. I remember him after so long because of what happens to him
Great book. Not what I was expecting after the passage but very good. Can't wait for the city of mirrors.
I almost didn't finish The Passage, as I was torn out of the narrative after the big event in the middle of the book (I don't want to spoil it for anyone who has not read it yet!). In The Twelve, Cronin does a nice job of elaborating on aspects and characters from the previous novel, and spinning a narrative that keeps the reader engrossed for almost the entire length of this very, very long book. Overall, it feels more coherent and concentrated than the previous novel, with more profound character development. The narrator is excellent once more.
Yes. It can occupy your 30-ish hours.
Yes. To wait for last (third) part to come out, so that I can finally see how it ends.
Sci-fi, space opera, dark apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre, historical fiction and ccasional main-stream thriller
Absolutely fantastic continuation of the Passage. The best post-apocalyptic books ever. I cannot wait for book 3.
Captivating, Intriguing, Fresh
Loved the Passage, part one of this series, so was excited when The Twelve was released. Anxiously awaiting the third installment to this series.Justin Cronin does an excellent job of keeping the reader's interest with a well-thought-out and intriguing storyline. I am not much of a traditional vampire book follower but this series has a fresh and new take on the vampire theme. I also enjoyed The Host by Stephenie Meyer, as it also took on a well used theme (aliens inhabiting other species) but in a novel way. (I am not interested in her Twilight series.)
I have listened to Scott Brick read several of Nelson Demille's books, including The Charm School, The General Daughter, his John Corey series. I thoroughly enjoyed his reading of The Passage and The Twelve.
Absolutely, both of the them.
If a story about vampires turns you off, this story is not Dracula (which is a great classic), nor Twilight series, nor even the Sookie Stackhouse variety of vampires. This is a new fresh take on the genre. The amount of drama and build up to tense and frightening moments was well written and kept me coming back to listen to what would happen next.
Mr. Cronin wants you to know his characters and his development of them as people doesn't leave you lacking.
I wholeheartedly recommend this series.
This is one of my favorite books. It is complicated, surprising, thought provoking and entertaining. Not far fetched to where you can't see it actually happening. No one is safe. I hated the Twilight books. This one brings the true original terror of the vampire myth to life in present day...what if????
I have to admit, I had initially given up on this book before coming back and trying again. Expecting this book to start off where the first book left off, I was initially confused when this book starts off back in modern times, and begins jumping around from place to place with characters that had not been introduced to the story before. I began to wonder if this book was going to begin a totally new story separate from the one in the first book, and not involving any of the previous book's characters, and decided to shelve it for awhile and listen to another book.
I eventually returned to “The Twelve”, and it appears I gave up just as the story was beginning to take shape. On my second attempt to listen, I found myself quickly falling into the story and it’s new characters, an ex-military loner, a secret service agent, a doctor left behind by her husband, and a teenager, her brother, and a slow man who drove their school bus. One character, Grey, had a small part in the last book as a janitor in the facility that housed the virals. The story begins to take shape as the new cast of characters attempt to flee their homes at the begging of the plague.
Eventually the story switches back to the future, and some of the old characters you grew to love in the first book begin to re-emerge, with Peter once again as the focal point. The story begins to take shape from there, and you start to see the reason for the additional characters added at the beginning of the book. All the characters from the first book, including Amy, slowly gather together to once again fight the twelve viral leaders.
In the end I enjoyed the book very much, although there were a few things that could have been better. The beginning of the book was jumbled and confusing. On the other hand, I suppose I could have been a little more patient while the story developed. The book spent a lot of time on the teenaged girl who traveled with her brother, their school bus driver, and a ex-military loner, and eventually they’re introduction went no where. Perhaps they will show up in the next volume of the series, but it seemed to be a waisted investment in characters. The narrator is a little dry, and it takes a while to get used to him as well, adding to the difficulty with the books beginning. Also, while the last book ended with a cliff hanger, this book offers few details about what happened during the viral attack on the Texas colony Roswell, or how the characters got scattered all over the place. Or how Amy and Peter end up in Texas themselves for that matter.
Overall though, this was a pretty good middle book in the series, and I look forward to the next installment.
This was a great continuation of The Passage trilogy. Justin Cronin has created an epic adventure with memorable characters and a gripping story.
Scott Brick could not have done a better job. His characters were dead on with my image of them and his performance was flawless. I know the third installment of this trilogy is not due but I'm on here tonight looking for more Scott Brick books.
Mr. Cronin's titles are pretty simple and that's the way it should be. Anything I would come up with would be too corny for this brilliant work.
Did I mention that I liked it?
Hard Sci-Fi Connoiseur.
Still doesn't feel quite right calling this a vampire series (even though that's what it is). The narrative voice is so different - like a biblical retelling. Ranks as one of the top 10 most memorable fantasy / sci-fi books I've ever read ... though I can't say I LOVED but book ... I really really admire it. The execution is fantastic. The world strange, dark and compelling - feels truly alien even though it's still Earth. The Twelve really opens up narrative - looking forward to the last in the trilogy.