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)
Having read "The Passage," the first installment in this trilogy (which, although it's by no means necessary for your enjoyment of "The Twelve," you should, of course, read first), I had high expectations for the follow-up, and "The Twelve" delivered admirably.
"The Twelve" spans the century since Zero Year, and author Justin Cronin does an excellent job of creating a plausible (given the whole "vampire earth" thing, I mean), readable and consistent history for his world, which begins to be realized in this book.
Cronin's characters gain much depth in this installment. There is heroism and good in this book, but they are tempered by human frailties and shades of grey. I enjoyed "The Passage" immensely, but this is a more mature work.
Unlike the first book, which functions well as a single novel, this book feels incomplete. This is not a negative by any means, but leaves the reader aching to continue the stories of these characters with whose fates we have become entwined.
Great character development. I really feel close to every one of them.
Probably Alicia. It's hard to judge. He did a great job overall.
Love to read and listen to books. The spoken word is magic for me.
Definitely would reccomend it to a friend.
Any scenes between Amy and Wolgast
Am waiting impatiently for the next in the series!!
Yes! Scott Brick brings the characters to Life!
Amy leading Wolgast Home toward the end of the book.
Yes, The Passage, he's incredible.
Lilah's crazy moments were very funny... She was one of my favorite characters. This was a royal treat, I'm very much looking forward to the third book.
The story is riveting.
As always Scott Brick excels.
Too many to list!
Get it you won't regret it. Can't wait for the last in the trilogy.
Love the story, awesome narration, never wanted to turn it off!
No spoilers here
Last man standing in Denver
Retired real estate broker. 66 years old married for 44 years to my high school sweetheart. 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I love to read but because of medical issues I had to turn to audio books and I love them.
This was not up to Justin Cronins first book. The first one was great but I could not finish this one because it was so disjointed. I could not follow the story line if there was one. Don't waste your credits.
Scott Brick was the only redeaming thing about this book. His performance was great but a poor story line. I very much enjoy listing to him,
all of it
Dont waste your credits.
Too darn LONG.
Prepare for a long ride.
Most of the book went pretty fast, some parts just dragged on and on and on and all the skipping around got a little confusing at times. I had to go back and listen again...all in all it was worth the credit, but, if I had the printed version I probably would not have finished it, at least not for a long time.
Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed The Passage.
Compelling plot and calendars, excellent writing.
I lost sleep giving in to the temptation to listen to just 15 more minutes, then 15 more . . . and before I realized it I had given up hours of sleep to continue this book. Calling this a "vampire novel" really isn't fair to the monummental nature of the story line, the sweep across a century of "history," and the uniquely horrifying and complex nature of the creature who prey upon and virtually destroy humanity.
I have 2 other books that I consider perfect they are in order The Passage written by Justin Cronin and 11-22-63 by Stephen King. My follow ups are Roboapocalypse and World War Z. Now that you know a little bit of what I like, I can tell you that The Twelve (Currently listening to and almost finished) lives up to the well thought out story we were used to in The Passage. Where his first book introduces us to some of the main characters we have grown to love and miss in the twelve Justin takes them all (including some new lovable ones) to new levels. His balance and descriptive writing coupled with Scott Bricks voice lends brilliance to this followup novel on so many levels. LIke the first book i find myself partaking in the listen in small tasty nuggets not wanting to make a gluten of myself and find myself on the last page too soon. Justins writing is compariable to the great Sci Fi writers (or Horror) of our day and i recommend this followup book immensly.
Very similar to his first book but gives you much more bredth and width of the story of the years after year Zero
He does not so much change his voice between characters instead adding subtle inflections in the voice to lend credence to the character in question.I could not ask for a better narrator.
Maybe Peter Jackson to find out more about his family, particularly his brother and his feelings towards Amy.
YOU gotta listen to this book.
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