I agree with the reviewer who described this novel as more sprawling than epic. It rambled...a lot. There were multiple story lines - specifically the ones before the viral outbreak - that didn't make much sense and I still don't understand why they were relevant and how they added to the quest "Last Stand in Denver" for example. Had it not been for the great actor narrating the story in the audiobook and lots of time to kill, I would have never finished it. I loved The Passage and felt very "bleh" about The Twelve with exception of the narration which was fantastic actually. I recommend the audiobook for that reason alone. Had this been the first book in the trilogy, it would have been my last. There's enough rich storytelling to make it worth reading the 3rd, after it goes on sale.
The Twelve os one the best, most wonderfully emotional stories I've read. Cronin's amazing talent bringing the reader inside the story and Brick's wonderfully read narrative make this book a great read for anyone!
It's a good story overall and the narration was great. A concentrated effort is suggested as there are many characters at various times and locations to keep track of. In the end it all comes together well.
I get all the post apocalyptic stuff, but I find it difficult to get any real sense of just what is left of the world outside the bubble that is focused round the main characters. But I have to admit, he does a masterful job of developing those characters ....except his habit of killing them off just as you are getting to know them!