The end of the world was only the beginning.
In his internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with...
In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned - and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.
One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation...unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.
A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.
©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio
Named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, Esquire, U.S. News & World Report NPR/On Point, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"[A] blockbuster." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Magnificent...Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them.... The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road." (Time)
First couple hours it was difficult to pay attention. A lot of boring details are put into the book which makes it drag in places.
Emotion felt forced and I found myself not caring.
Story was also uneventful but gives you just enough to stay somewhat interested.
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
I LOVED The Passage. I was very excited when The Twelve was released. However, after listening for hours and hours, I would find my mind wandering, it was like the story just droned on and on. After the "bad vampire" was taken care of, I stopped listening. I couldn't believe there was still and hour left in the book. In other words, I found it boring.
No. It could have been much shorter.
Absolutely, this is a wonderful second book in the trilogy...though there are still some unanswered questions..
I love Alisha, but Michael is also one of my favorites. Lish is just amazing and strong. Michael is brilliant and sweet.
I enjoyed Sister Lacy in "The Passage" but, I like the portrayal of Lila in this book
Amy, I really would like to ask her all she knows and who all the people she was with after she left Walgast were. I'd also like to know more about April...
This book was a really wonderful read-listen- and I am excited for the next book, hoping it answers all of the questions I still have from the first book.
Not nearly as good as the passage. Seems slower paced, contrived.
Was really looking forward to this book after listening to The Passage. Not looking forward to third book.
I listen to a lot of audio books and tend to like books that are dark in content and humor.
Probably before the third one comes out.
He does an okay job.
Not as much as The Passage but still good.
The initial pace of the book was a let down and I almost considered shelving it. Luckily, it picked up and was a worthwhile read. Readers who are jumping into the series at this point beware; I think this book is not an entry point into the series as some trilogies allow. You had to have previous knowledge of the characters and their plight to appreciate the book. The back stories only allow you a glimpse.
The first installment of this trilogy was excellent. This book compares nicely in both character development and plot.
I found myself missing the protagonists in this book. They became real people to me and that's the sign of a good book. Also, I found that I truly hated the antagonists in this book and that is equally important.
It's not on the same level as the first book which I really liked. Story too complex. Confusing. Hard to follow. Characters weak (other than in "The Passage"). The book has its moments but all in all too broad. With a 4 star rating this book is overrated. I would give it 2,5 stars - no more. I had high expectations - maybe that's why I am disappointed...
Most likely I will read part 3, but JC has to improve!
I liked the narrator. Same "style" as in the first book. Without him the ratings would have been worse in my opinion. Good performance.
Has its moments which remind of the first book. All in all too weak.
If you didn't like the first book or thought it was "so, so" - hands off this one. You need to be a fan to get through this one.
I like the characters and the story line. I don't mind the religious overtone to a point but if your not a christian and don't want a lecture sermon you might want to pass on the book.
A story line that I could follow or understand.
Yes. I have listened to others that he narrated. The content was not able to be appreciated even in his voice.
I tried....I really did. I do like long drawn out books that are good reads, but this one was not to me a good read.
This book takes a special type of reader. I read all of the great comments about this series and thought it was something I needed to get in on. I love long books that I can listen to while I work. I dont know what I was expecting but I feel like he introduces characters and then they go away then in come new characters. I just can not follow the book. I am into the 5th hr and I just dont get it. I dont see the point or the hero or whatever I am so lost and dissapointed with this book. I even thought maybe its me and came back to this book and started over after listening to a different book but I just dont get it. I dont want to spoil the story or what I dont understand about the story because I hate reading spoilers in reviews but..... the 1 thing I do understand about this book is where the creatures originated from. But the point of the story after that is tedious and so lost in the details that I can not find it in myself to listen until the end (where i am sure it is all brought together).
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