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)
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...
Unpredictable, page turner, more
Jonathom Mayberry,s king of Plagues series.. It was something I couldn't wait to read. Unexpected turns and love the narrator. Similar to Ray Porter who was great
Always, Scott was my first listen and I always look for his narration or similar
The end chapters
Read this series if you are a fan of Dresdan Files, Desert Spear books, Charlie Hustons series.
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