The editor from The Passage.
I would cut The Twelve out of The Passage just like someone smart did before and never publish The Twelve.
The Passage was so good and this is so bad I would swear it was fan fiction. Tries to sound poetic and sounds like bad high school writing. 3 or 4 rewrites with a good editor might save it but I guess we will never know now.
Say something about yourself!
4-1/2 - Excellent book can't wait till the next one. Narration by Scott Brick was very good.
It had an engaging story
I really liked the way the first one was presented. It had the "diary dug up in the ruins" feel with many views from different characters. The twelve did not have as much of that but was still a solid story with good plot and characters. I did not like the direction taken with the lead and his lady, but I am sure there is going to be a reason when the third book comes out. I like the "it may be hopeless, but we're gonna keep going" aspect of the story. That is what I feel makes a good post-apoc story. Like "Earth abides" and "the postman", the situation seems hopeless with setbacks at every turn, but the characters press on, make the sacrifices, and come out on top. (for the most part)
I keep seeing people complain about there being too many subplots. You people who feel this way must have very short attention spans. The book was fantastic with all of it's subplots. Can't wait for the last one.
Yes, I would. I listened to parts of the book while driving to and from work and sometimes before bed when my eyes were too tired to read and read the print edition during lunch and after work. I found the audible version to be excellent. The narrator did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.
I don't know. That is why I'm not a writer.
Had a little more to offer. If it wasn't for Scott Brick, there would be no salvation. I don't believe I will be following this trilogy any time in the future.
I liked The Passage (book 1) enough to move on to The Twelve (book 2). This is not my normal genre, but the story and characters were written well enough to keep me in it. The Twelve is a gory book - if you don't like horror, then do not read this. I listened to the audiobook and some of the scenes had me cringing as I drove to and from work.
Now I guess I'm with the rest of the fans who are waiting for book 3 to come out.
4 stars for audiobook narrator Scott Brick. The book itself would get 4 stars, but it was a bit to gory for me, so I dropped it by a star. That said the story is solid and moved well in this middle book - 4 stars for the story itself.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys apocalyptic stories. Great read!
I love the characters and the background given for each.
Scott Brick becomes the characters. He becomes an integral part of the story.
Don't get caught in the dark!
If you enjoyed The Stand by Stephen King, you'll enjoy this story by Justin Cronin!
The story is slow... painfully slow, with so many different threads and characters that its hard to keep up with what's going on. To top it off, it has a habit of jumping back in time at places to add yet another perspective. I'm dropping this series...
I loved The Passage; have already listened to it three times. I've been anticipating part II. I wish I could say I liked it as much as the first part, but I must admit to being somewhat underwhelmed. It's just not as tight and doesn't have the same mounting suspense of the first as all story threads gradually wove into a climax.
But don't get me wrong. I don't hesitate to recommend it, as it does expand our understanding of not only the origin of the entire cataclysm, but the new threats as it's effect ripples out and evolves. I will read it again before I read the third part of trilogy and perhaps it will hang together a bit better. We get introduced to new characters and watch old ones figure out their place in what is now clearly a very long haul.
I have faith that even if this middle part is a bit weaker, anyone who could do what Cronin did in first book has an excellent chance at pulling it all together in the last one with the same skill and success; I'm counting on that and look forward to part III.