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)
Like a Detour bar: marketed to be healthy, but really just junk food pumped full of whey protein.
I've completed both books, The Passage and The Twelve and can confidently say that the story here is decent, but stripped down and predictable in a 'made for the screen' type writing. I commute a lot which was one of the only ways I was able to get. Through it all. The narration is superb yet at the same time a bit over the top and a bit melodramatic- especially during the one-linear passages which repeat for emphasis. There are elements of the story which are simply put, 'too thin' and character development is often times poor. I was left with the feeling of regret over the 50 hours of listening time devoted to both books.though at times compelling, I just hoping for a richer, more concrete story.
I may be mistaken, but the writing felt poised towards the 'young adult' crowd,
Justin Cronin's writing and Scott Brick's performance are an incomparable collaboration. Haven't heard a better team yet.
The adjectives and analogies used to paint the picture that brought the story to life.
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.
I agree with the reviewer who described this novel as more sprawling than epic. It rambled...a lot. There were multiple story lines - specifically the ones before the viral outbreak - that didn't make much sense and I still don't understand why they were relevant and how they added to the quest "Last Stand in Denver" for example. Had it not been for the great actor narrating the story in the audiobook and lots of time to kill, I would have never finished it. I loved The Passage and felt very "bleh" about The Twelve with exception of the narration which was fantastic actually. I recommend the audiobook for that reason alone. Had this been the first book in the trilogy, it would have been my last. There's enough rich storytelling to make it worth reading the 3rd, after it goes on sale.
The Twelve os one the best, most wonderfully emotional stories I've read. Cronin's amazing talent bringing the reader inside the story and Brick's wonderfully read narrative make this book a great read for anyone!
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