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The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2 | [Justin Cronin]

The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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...

The Twelve

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

What the Critics Say

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)

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    Nick 11-10-12
    Nick 11-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't be lured by the first one!"
    What disappointed you about The Twelve: A Novel?

    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...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Cronin again?

    Most likely I will read part 3, but JC has to improve!


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    I liked the narrator. Same "style" as in the first book. Without him the ratings would have been worse in my opinion. Good performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Has its moments which remind of the first book. All in all too weak.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Massachusetts 11-09-12
    Michael Massachusetts 11-09-12 Member Since 2015

    Michael

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    "I like the story but..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clarice 11-08-12
    Clarice 11-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    What would have made The Twelve: A Novel better?

    A story line that I could follow or understand.


    Has The Twelve: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    ABSOLUTLY


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Yes. I have listened to others that he narrated. The content was not able to be appreciated even in his voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney 11-08-12
    Courtney 11-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Should come with a PDF flow chart of characters"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is literally a boat load of characters. The time jumps would not have been a problem but each leap introduced someone new making the characters vague. I felt disconnected from the characters because of the mélange of storylines.


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    L. Knowles 11-07-12
    L. Knowles 11-07-12

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    "Sequel lacks punch and excitement of The Passage"

    I really enjoyed the Passage, but The Twelve just doesn't stack up. The characters that were developed in the first book seemed thin and generally not as interesting as in the first book. I just didn't care about them in this book.
    Scott Brick's narrative style of making most sentences full of breathy emotion was particularly annoying in this rendition.
    The plot is not tightly written and so highly fragmented between characters, flashbacks, switches of venue, that it's hard to feel attached to the characters from scene to scene.
    If there was a third installment I wouldn't read it. But I recommend the Passage which is original, much tighter and with much better character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Griffith Gill British Columbia, Canada 11-05-12
    Judy Griffith Gill British Columbia, Canada 11-05-12 Listener Since 2005

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    "Cronin's The Twelve"

    With The Twelve, Cronin has produced a dramatic sequel to The Passage, his novel of a dystopian future North America. Though marred by the same passive voice writing as The Passage (a style obviously ignored by editors who should have known better), The Twelve is as convincing a story as its predecessor. The canvas is broader, as is the cast of characters. The battles seem real and necessary, characters met in the first book grow and change along with their situations, learn from mistakes and develop as the story progresses. The author has created good heroes who sometimes win, sometimes lose, but they persevere as long at they can. Be prepared for some scenes not for the faint of heart and really loathsome villains, though all have plausible reasons for who and what they are.

    The often rather toneless narration by Scott Brick might tend to put some listeners to sleep, but usually the action counteracts that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri L. Mendenhall 11-03-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Not quite "The Passage" but still good"
    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Peter


    If you could take any character from The Twelve: A Novel out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Amy, she has s much wisdom to impart.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a lot harder to follow the The Passage was but it is still a very well written and I throughly enjiyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 11-02-12
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting"

    From the first word to the very last, I was hooked. One of those books that you better save for when you can afford to be a little irresponsible, because it was hard to stop listening. I loved The Passage, but thought this one was even better. I found every character fascinating and was devastated when any of them, even the bad guys, made 'an exit' -- as, alas, characters are wont to do in apocalyptic novels.

    Bravo, Mr. Cronin. Flawless!

    And bravo, Mr. Brick, for an excellent read that never slipped.

    Yes, there were some connections that were a bit too convenient but, in a way, that was one of the interesting things. And isn't that one of the themes anyway? That it's not just The Twelve who are irrevocably tied -- but that all of humanity somehow is as well?

    The only problem is that the third in the series doesn't come out till 2014.

    I have just one thing to say to Mr. Cronin about that: "Write for me, write for me, write for me..."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jeffrey newton 10-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Give it time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    I tend to side with audio editions of most books because I do not have time to read like I used too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the building up to the big fight scene. I thought about turning off my book because of the way it goes back and forth and then it picks up speed and becomes exciting.


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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 10-24-12
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    I had to listen to the end of book 1{ The Passage } so I could remember how it ended, it had been a few years. I couldn't wait to go to work everyday so I could listen to this one! Well worth the credit!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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