I recommend re-reading "The Passage" before listening to "The Twelve" - especially if it has been more than a couple of months since reading the first novel. This sequel was a pretty good listen overall, but too long in my opinion. As usual, Scott Brick does a good job at narration, and he was very effective with the lead character, Amy. The ending caught me somewhat by surprise, which I enjoyed.
The main characters continued to be well-developed in this novel, but too many peripheral characters were introduced, without really adding much to the overall story line. The first half of this story was a bit slow, dragging along in some chapters. The book picked up speed in the second half and ended very strong. I enjoyed some of the flashbacks in this sequel, and I thought that the author did a pretty good job in moving through several different timelines. Overall, "The Twelve" was not as good as "The Passage", but still a worthy read (or, I should say, a worth "listen").
After devouring the first book in which Cronin sets up a terrific and action packed scenario, I was disappointed by the second and concluding book. It never captured my imagination as the first one did, and I felt like some of the characters got muddied up as the author tried to tie up loose ends. He left some unfinished story lines, such as why the future citizens were reading the old diaries in the first place. Amy's transformation seemed contrived and forced to me. I can suspend disbelief for science fiction story lines but this time it was hard as some things were just illogical. Maybe the author needs to redeem himself with a third book.
Exciting, Terrifying, Imaginative
The characters. You grow to love many, truly dispise others and feel compassion for the pathetic creatures that are the result of the tragedy that befell them.
To hard to choose one. It would be like asking me to choose my favorite Led Zepplin song.
I really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy "The Passage" and was looking forward to this book for several months. This is my first experience with a sequal as good or better than the original book. I felt like I was experiencing the story as a participant looking back on my own account of what had happened.You really feel as if you are there, stalking virals or being stalked. I now have to get used to listening to good and average books until the next Justin Cronin release.
I rated this book the same as Passages. but I don't think the story is as good. I felt the end of the book was almost like a children's story. Where everything comes out OK, and everyone gets what they want. It was good, but lack something Passages had. Scott Brick was excellent as usual.
The audio performance was just fine, the writing is well done, but I felt that the plot failed me when compared to the first book. Just not as strong.
Excellent story, was easy to pick-up and follow from the last story
emotion of the characters
Amy....she has led such a long and interesting life
Love the story. Its pretty deep.
I would say The Passage is a must read before diving into The Twelve. But it will be well worth it.
I loved the Passage and was very much looking forward to this new book. I purchased it as soon as it came out, however, it was dissapointing. I have to admit I felt a little cheated with this one. The story seemed dull comparison to the first book. If he writes another sequel I would buy it, with hope that it compares to the first book again.
Unfortunately if you are reading this it means you have probably already listened to The Passage. I made that mistake to and so I hoped this was better because I had already invested a lot of time in the story. It isn't worth it. If you get by the feeling that you need to listen to this then save yourself some money and skip it.
If you enjoyed The Passage and want to see/hear where the author takes the story, I would recommend The Twelve.
Sorry! Don't want to spoil it!
He doesn't over perform the multiple characters. He keeps the story the focus of his performance.
Almost! I did spend extra time for several parts.