This book rates way up there with the best I've read. It's a terrific second installment. I too, like others have mentioned in reviews, struggled a bit with the first few chapters . I am so glad I stuck with it because it evolved into the amazing continuation of The Passage.
It is a deep, complicated and huge story. I loved it and am thrilled that there will be yet another part to this amazing trilogy.
POSSIBLE SPOILER: I really wanted the book to explore more of the scientific issue of the biological experiment, but it was all about the relationships that were developed in the first book. Don't get me wrong, they are important and are interesting, but I would have preferred a better mix. The book really felt segmented and somewhat hard to follow to me due to the back and forth between times and old then new characters. I re-read the first book just days before this one came out and it was still that way somewhat. I enjoyed following the journey of the first book on google earth, but this one doesn't allow much of that because the characters just appear at the destination in the next chapter. However, there were some turns in the plot I didn't expect and I will be getting the final book of the Trilogy. Narration was as good as the first one. Its slow enough that its easy to listen on double speed. Later.
In terms of being an epic journey, near the top. Certainly this continues the journey started in "The Passage", both adding more detail, plot and complexities, as well rounding out characters and backfilling the story.
The battle scenes are fascinating.
He needs to cover alot of ground, and does a remarkable job in that regard. He is my favourite performer however, so I am naturally biased.
Part 2 of this sprawling series ( I believe it will be a trilogy ) is engrossing ( sometimes gross as well ) and both mystical , almost too much so for it's own good at times, and a wonderful addition to the genre. Most listeners will look me in looking forward to the final installment.
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(The wonderful people at Audible has allowed me to edit review because I mixed up the narrator with the author's name is my first review on 10/25/12. My review is the same, but just the "correction" of the names.)
I cannot believe that no one have yet to comment on how horrific on the narration. I just couldn't listen to "Scott Brick's" performance in normal speed on my IPod. I needed to speed up the audio and even then the narration was just tolerable to listen to. For some reason, "Brick" is just down right awful in this book and totally ruin the story for the listener. His pace is extremely slow, where you cannot take it anymore and need to stop listening to the book because it's just so frustrating.
As far as the book, it's just okay. I found that the book to be slow also. I gave the first book one star because I didn't like it at all.
Usually, I give the sequel a chance to change my mind, but as for "The Twelve", it's slightly better than "The Passage", but still not that great.
The Twelve is just marginally better to give it two stars. There are some highlights in the story, but nothing to drool over. At least it was just 1 credit to buy. Something to kill time and maybe to look forward to the next edition to the saga.
I just don't understand what is the big deal for this trilogy, but then again, I'm not the target audience.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Passage. This book does not have the excitement of the first and is more than a little disappointing. At times I was very drawn in but then the book would turn in another direction or go into boring detail. Sometimes I'd find chapters had gone by without me hearing them.
I'm the first to admit..my attention span can be short. But I've been listening to books on tape/cd for 25 years and I don't recall rewinding so much. I kept thinking I missed something. The story starts/stops in odd places. It's more like several short stories than tied (loosely in some cases) at the end. There a MANY characters and new ones are being introduced even 3/4 through the book. I'm not sure I'll bother with the 3rd..my interest has waned. Maybe if I went back and 're-read' the The Passage it would have helped.
It seemed as though Justin Cronin wasn't quite sure where to take his characters. A lot of the set up from the first book had a flat conclusion or continuation. There was some good story telling and development, but I wish it had been a bit more focused.
I would recommend this book if you really need to see how things turn out.
Yes, distilled down and reworked it would make for a good movie or TV series.
The idea that the character Lila Kyle was an orthopedic surgeon before the outbreak is ridiculous. Many of the characters did not feel authentic or real.
The whole thing except for Scott Brick's narration.
What a waste of time and money.
Scott is always great!
Boring and too wildly futuristic - way too much fantasy.
Sorry I spent the $$ - wish I could get a refund as I could not even finish the first section.
More action. Less character building.
No, I still like end of the world stuff.
Yes, the characters were all different, but that was most of the story. I couldn't finish it.
Way to slow moving for me. Gave up about 1/3 of the way through.
I was disappointed with the book. You know all the characters from the first novel, but in this novel it seemed like they were cardboard cutouts. The plot and the world the characters moved through seemed to be painted on, lacking the depth of the first novel.