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.
Compared to The Passage, a fresh and refreshing take on the vampire/living dead/viral/wolf thing that US readers have taken to devouring with their Big Mac and shakes, The Twelve is simply tedium.
Mr Cronin would have done well to retain a good editor and to have condensed his "trilogy" to one volume.
Mr Brick, a narrator of skill and accomplishment, must have thought that by sounding mystical and awed he might improve the job. He just sounds overwrought and ponderous. But at least he tried.
too confusing, too long after the first book; re read the first again. maybe it was just me as i loved the first book
The depth of Cronin's story line and the depth of his characters is absolutely remarkable and captivating. Scott Brick was once again masterful, giving life and living detail to this wonderful novel.